September 2021

Utah economy

Ironman 70.3 World Championship Generates Nearly $ 18 Million Direct Economic Impact For Washington County

Pro female winner Lucy Charles-Barclay and pro male winner Gustav Iden at the finish line of the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in St. George on September 18th. The economic impact of the race will resonate throughout Washington County in the months to come. (Jeff Richards, St. George News)

ST. GEORGE – The Ironman 70.3 World Championship ended a few weeks ago, but the economic impact of the race will resonate throughout Washington County in the months to come.

Before the start of the race, planners and city officials were hoping the international event would generate between $ 15 million and $ 18 million, and early feedback suggests the goal has been met.

“Data collected from athlete surveys confirms that the county achieved nearly $ 18 million in direct economic impact from participants and visitors who came for the event,” wrote Kevin Lewis, director of Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office, in an email to St. George News. .

“The immediate impact is primarily focused on hotel businesses,” Lewis added. “But these dollars are flowing to other businesses in the region, creating income and jobs in many industries.”

Lewis said that without tourism and the visitor economy in southern Utah, local residents would have fewer options for recreation, dining and entertainment. They would also pay higher personal taxes to support other basic services in the community.

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State says it’s not Big Brother by following your electric car


SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s roads are maintained through gasoline sales taxes. But if you drive an electric car, you don’t need to refuel, of course. A state program gives electric vehicle (EV) owners a device to plug into their cars, which transmits the data to an app loaded on the driver’s smartphone.

As with utilities, drivers pay for what they use.

Paying by the mile doesn’t mean Big Brother is watching your electric car

The Utah Highway User Fee Program is a payment per mile instead of a tax paid per gallon on fuel.

If you drive an unconventional vehicle, you pay 1.5 cents per mile or a flat rate this year of:

  • Electric = $ 120.00
  • Plug-in hybrid = $ 52.00
  • Gasoline hybrid = $ 20.00

For more information or to register for the program, visit

But what if you’re an EV driver and don’t like the idea of ​​being followed by the government?

“We have taken all possible measures to ensure that data protection is secure,” Tiffany Pocock, program manager for road user charges at the Department of Transportation of the United Kingdom, told Matt Gephart of KSL TV. Utah.

She said the app allows the driver to track their own mileage, and the electric vehicle’s device is not connected to any phones. Pocock said UDOT does not have access to GPS data and can only read the number of miles logged in order to calculate the tax due.

Dave agrees to be followed. Debbie is not.

Debbie Dujanovic of KSL NewsRadio, Dave & Dujanovic, said she did not agree with the state following her movements if she was driving an electric vehicle. (She said she was considering buying a used Nissan Leaf electric car.)

Co-host Dave Noriega pointed at her cell phone and said she was already being tracked.

Dave, on the other hand, has no problem with Big Brother monitoring his mileage.

“In fact, I support him,” he said. “So when I finish, you know, being kidnapped, you know exactly where I was kidnapped. “

Debbie added that she typically drives around 12,000 miles per year. At 1.5 cents per mile, she would pay $ 180 in user fees per year, so she said she would choose the $ 120 plan.

But according to UDOT, the program is set up in such a way that participants do not pay more per year than they would have paid up front if they had chosen to pay the package.

Dave said he too would opt for the package.

“It’s not that bad if they stalk me. . . As long as you have a phone, you are followed. It doesn’t matter if it’s Google or the government, you are always being followed. The package is a good alternative if you are afraid of them following, ”he said.

Dave & Dujanovic can be heard on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app, as well as Apple Podcasts and Google Play.


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Meet your next favorite author at the Utah Book Festival


Editor’s Note • This article is part of 150 Things To Do, a draft report and newsletter exploring the best of Utah. Click here to subscribe to the weekly 150 Things newsletter.

Christian McKay Heidicker doesn’t just read his books aloud. He executes them.

It’s a Saturday afternoon at the North Branch of the Weber County Library in Ogden, and the Salt Lake City resident addresses a room of about 20 people, many of whom are mothers with young children. . His voice and movements come alive as he reads his latest book, “Scary Stories for Young Foxes: The City”. The public is captivated by its reading, threaded on every word. (Heidicker’s new set of tales is a companion to his Newberry Honor book, “Scary Stories for Young Foxes,” and other things that “bump” into the night.)

(Photo courtesy of Macmillan Publishers) The cover of “Scary Stories for Young Foxes”, by Salt Lake City author Christian McKay Heidicker. The book was named a Newbery Honor winner in 2020.

The September 25 Heidicker reading was part of this year’s Utah Humanities Book Festival, which began in September and runs through October. Featuring dozens of authors who write everything from fiction to non-fiction to poetry, this year’s events bring readers together – and face to face with writers – across the state.

Heidicker said the Book Festival is a chance to speak with people he would typically never connect with.

“My readers are really generous with their attention and questions, and it’s very rewarding,” he said.

Find a community on and off the page

Now in its 24th year, the festival has grown over time from a one-day or weekend event to a “two-month literary event marathon,” said Willy Palomo, program manager. from the Utah Humanities’ Center for the Book.

Upcoming events will feature writers such as:

  • Terry Tempest Williams, writer and environmental activist. (October 7, 6 p.m., Brigham City Museum of Art & History)

  • Tara Westover, New York Times bestselling author of “Educated,” a memoir about leaving your survival family to pursue a formal education (October 9, 6 p.m., Zoom conference call)

  • The Chicano poet Antonio López, author of “Gentefication”, his first collection of poetry. (Oct. 15, 7 p.m., location to be specified)

The statewide festival runs until October 30. For a full program, visit the Utah Humanities website.

Palomo said local partners decide which books to highlight in their communities, and then he helps coordinate with the authors.

The significance of the festival is different depending on where the Utah events are held, he said. The context of a particular community is reflected in the book choices for each event. For example, a neighborhood could engage with nature by focusing on environmental literature; in another, the festival might aim to promote under-represented voices.

But no matter where a particular place focuses, “It’s a joy to be able to walk through communities everywhere… and to have these conversations about books that matter to those communities,” said Palomo.

He added that the best part of his job is when book festival attendees are touched or enlightened or even troubled by what an author has brought to the table.

These experiences also improved his own life, he said. “Now I’m going to travel the world differently because I know something new. “

Planning and promoting the festival is not without challenges. Palomo said that sometimes people who work in the humanities are not immune to wanting every event to attract “football stadiums” full of people, so it can be disappointing to see only a few people attending a game. event.

However, “I think there is something really valuable about having a smaller conversation sometimes,” he said. Smaller events increase “the degree of vulnerability” as well as the opportunity to “get to know people” that you might not have encountered otherwise.

COVID-19 has also had an impact on the festival. Last year it was completely virtual, Palomo said; this year there has been a mix of virtual and in-person events.

“Yes [virtual options] that’s what people are comfortable doing programming like this with, so that’s what we’re going to do, ”he said. “And then some communities… really need an in-person component to even get people out.”

Either way, Palomo said virtual options will never go away after this year. Technology has allowed the festival to connect with international writers they otherwise could not afford to feature, he said, and it has also enabled rural communities to participate more.

Additionally, he said it provides more options for people with disabilities and those who are just too busy to attend live events.

“If you’re a busy parent who can’t go out to a little bookstore or whatever at night… you can still get a glimpse of what we’re working on,” Palomo said.

The festival hasn’t been able to live-stream all of the events in person this year, but it’s something they are working on going forward, he added.

A good book can change you

Palomo said he hopes that in any community, people will walk away from the Book Festival events after falling in love with literature and new storytellers.

In particular, he hopes teens learn how books can help them navigate the world.

“The importance [for teens] is to understand what a great tool is [books] are to get you through life, ”he said.

Books are also a way of setting an example, Palomo said. Research shows that growing up in a family of readers increases the likelihood that children will be readers as well.

And there is no limit to what the books can contain. The Book Festival makes a point of including all types of works, from traditional novels to cowboy poetry.

Palomo recognizes that reading has a bad reputation “when you frequently read the wrong things”.

“There are books that match your interests, that are told in a way that [you] up, ”he said. “It is simply a question of finding [them]. “

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Customer Opinion: Responding Effectively to Climate Change | News, Sports, Jobs

Isaac Hale, Daily Herald file photo

Smoke from wildfires lingers in the air as living trees and those scorched by wildfires blend together, as seen from the Mount Nebo Scenic Drive in southern Utah County, the Monday, October 5, 2020 (Isaac Hale, Daily Herald file photo)

In the face of drought, record heat, flash floods and smoke from forest fires, it was hard not to recognize the effects of global warming this summer. In this context, a crowd of high school students marched on the steps of the capital in Salt Lake City to demand climate action as part of Friday’s global climate strike.

We are grateful that so many young people care about this important issue. But we would like to add some perspective to the conversation from our perspective as young conservatives. Protesters this weekend called on lawmakers to respond urgently to climate change, but we would like to explain how they could respond effectively as well.

Which policies are the most effective?

The best policies protect America from the worst possible environmental and economic consequences. As Jonathan Adler, a professor at Case Western Reserve University, has often explained, managing climate risk is like buying an insurance policy: hedging against an uncertain future, but getting premiums as low as possible. The goal is to minimize the total costs to American families, which includes the costs of climate change and the costs of the policies themselves.

Thinking about climate action in this way exposes many climate initiatives as ineffective or fanciful, like the Green New Deal, which uses environmental rhetoric as a mask for more radical economic goals.

But there are proposals that pass the economic cost test. Among these is the Baker-Shultz Carbon Dividends framework that several Republican college leaders from BYU and UVU endorse. Despite America’s bitterly polarized political landscape, there is a virtual consensus among economists on the merits of this political approach. This solidarity is possible because independent organizations have modeled the costs and benefits of this plan, both for the climate and for the economy, and have repeatedly confirmed its effectiveness.

For those of us who don’t have the training to dissect these complex business models, there are a few other ways to recognize the superiority of market-based approaches like carbon dividends. Perhaps the easiest is to examine the effect on global (not just national) carbon emissions.

Even if every car and chimney in America stopped emitting carbon dioxide today, there would still be too much carbon entering the atmosphere in the world (not to mention that you might have a hard time getting to work. and power your home). Unfortunately, many climate plans ignore this reality, and the climate conversation is often dominated by liberal voices who want to dramatically increase regulations on U.S. businesses. Their logic is that if the United States leads by decarbonizing its own economy, other countries will follow our lead.

The reality is that when the United States – whose carbon emissions have been declining steadily for years – crack down on its own carbon emissions, it will inadvertently cause companies to move their operations to countries like China and India with many. less environmental regulations. Not only will this lead to worse environmental outcomes, but it will also shift investment and employment opportunities overseas. Far from setting an example, this approach will weaken the US economy, while giving other nations a reason to resist decarbonization.

We cannot wait for other countries to adopt our environmental agenda without offering them the means to do so. As Senator Mitt Romney, who has advocated for market-based climate action, recently explained, global emission reductions will not happen without breakthrough new technologies.

When clean energy becomes cheaper than dirtier alternatives, developing countries will naturally move away from carbon. But this will require significant innovation on the part of private companies. The United States (and, in many ways, Utah!) Is helping lead the innovation process, but there are ways to speed it up.

The previously mentioned carbon dividend plan uses an adjustment to the carbon frontier, coupled with a carbon price, to address these challenges. It would hold foreign manufacturers accountable for their pollution – and in so doing, level the playing field for American businesses – and spur the innovation needed to develop cheaper clean energy.

And that’s just the beginning. Carbon pricing would also make nuclear power more competitive, encourage fossil fuel companies to expand carbon capture, and produce other valuable climate outcomes, all without a dime in additional government spending. No wonder this policy has the support of environmental groups and industry leaders, as well as influential Utahns and conservative voters.

Now is not the time to pretend climate change is a hoax. But if we are not careful in our response, we may find that we are only pretending to solve the problem.

With a smart and internationally oriented strategy like Baker-Shultz, we can get straight to the point and deliver concrete results on climate change. In every way, that would make all the difference.

Tyler Cooper is the vice president of UVU College Republicans and Andrew Sandstrom is a past president of BYU College Republicans.


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State school mask bans tangled with budget plans and controversy


AP covers complex legal movements in Arizona over school mask bans and the state budget. The Detroit Free Press covers similar maneuvers in Michigan. Separately, reports state that the Department of Education will cover the salaries of members of Broward County school boards withheld due to school mask rules.

AP: Arizona High Court allows upholding of school mask ban

The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to immediately reinstate a series of new laws that include measures that prevent schools from requiring masks and remove the power of local governments to impose COVID-19 restrictions. The High Court rejected the request of the Attorney General of the Republic, Mark Brnovich, to allow the entry into force of the provisions of three state budget bills and one entire budget bill. Instead, the court set a briefing schedule for it to consider Brnovich’s request to bypass the Court of Appeal and hear the case directly. (Christie, 9/29)

Detroit Free Press: Whitmer: Budget coins canceling local mask orders unconstitutional

Michigan lawmakers cannot use the state budget to threaten funding for local health departments that institute local school mask rules, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a letter to lawmakers on Wednesday. The governor considers this pandemic provision in the nearly $ 70 billion budget unconstitutional and therefore unenforceable. “Lawmakers cannot roll out the public health code into a budget bill or inappropriate funds because they challenge the actions of local health departments,” Whitmer wrote in the letter. (Boucher, 9/29)

WLRN 91.3 FM: Federal government covers Broward school board salaries that state withheld due to mask policy

The US Department of Education announced Tuesday that it is awarding more than $ 420,000 to the Broward County School Board to cover state financial penalties on the salaries of school board members. The grant is intended to pay the salaries of eight Broward board members who voted for a student mask term that allows exceptions only for medical reasons during the COVID-19 pandemic. (9/29)

Salt Lake Tribune: Here’s where the masks have gone that Utah officials promised schools in Salt Lake City County

To help keep Utah’s children “as safe as possible” from COVID-19, Governor Spencer Cox in August pledged to provide more than a million masks to students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, at the Both surgical style masks and higher quality KN95 masks in small and large sizes. As of Tuesday, 2.2 million masks had been shipped to schools, according to Tom Hudachko, spokesman for the Utah Department of Health. Of these, 310,000 were pediatric-sized fabric masks, 700,000 were pediatric-sized three-layer surgical masks and the rest were KN95s, he said. But low demand for the masks means some Salt Lake County school districts have left them in storage. “I would say that every day, on average, throughout the building, about a quarter of my children wear masks,” John Paul Sorensen, director of Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City, said Tuesday. (Jacobs, 9/29

In updates on quarantines and vaccines –

AP: Louisiana school chief removes COVID quarantine suggestion

Going against health advice, the Louisiana Department of Education announced on Wednesday that it no longer recommends that public school systems quarantine asymptomatic students who have come in close contact with a person who tests positive. for COVID-19. Louisiana’s 69 local school districts already had the opportunity to determine whether they wanted to send students home for days due to exposure to the coronavirus disease. But most districts had followed the state’s education department’s recommendation that these students should be quarantined, even if they did not show symptoms of COVID-19. (Deslatte, 9/29)

The Charlotte Observer: Union County’s New COVID Quarantine Agreement with Schools

After threats of legal action, the Union County Public School District has agreed to work with the county health department to ensure that COVID-19 contact tracing steps and quarantine requirements are followed. The Union County Public Health Department and Union County Public Schools agreed on Wednesday on a process to identify and exclude students and staff identified as a positive case or close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19. (Costa, 9/29)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Illinois teachers sue districts over statewide immunization warrant

Ten teachers in the eastern metropolitan area who refuse to comply with statewide vaccine and mask mandates are suing their school districts over the policies. The lawsuit against Triad, in Troy, and the Edwardsville school districts and their superintendents indicates that the warrants were issued illegally. The Madison County Circuit Court lawsuit calls for teachers to be allowed to continue working in their schools. School districts “do not have the delegated authority to mandate vaccination or testing,” said lawyer Thomas DeVore of Greenville. “They could have defended their educators… but they don’t want to face the governor. “(Bernhard, 9/29)

AP: University of Colorado faces COVID religious exemption lawsuit

A pediatrician and a medical student at the University of Colorado medical campus at Anschutz are contesting denials of their requests for religious exemptions from the school’s COVID vaccination mandate, arguing in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that administrators are ruling ” truth ”of personal religious beliefs in violation of the First Amendment. The U.S. District Court lawsuit filed by the Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based conservative nonprofit, is the latest clash over a growing number of private and public sector vaccine mandates across national government to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 600,000 people in the United States (Nieberg, 9/30)

In other school news –

The Washington Post: School nutrition programs face new crisis as supply chain disruptions and labor shortages limit food deliveries

Square pizza and chicken fillets are suddenly swapped for pieces of meatloaf and zucchini. American school children and lunch ladies make faces. And now the federal government is stepping in to help. Kansas school districts cannot get whole wheat flour, ranch dressing, or Crispitos taco rolls at this time. In Dallas, they can’t get their hands on cutlery, plates, and napkins. In New York City, school districts are unable to find chicken, condiments or carrots without antibiotics. (Reiley, 9/29)

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Real Salt Lake remember Utah DB Aaron Lowe ahead of LA Galaxy game


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah –Real Salt Lake remembered Utah Utes defensive back Aaron Lowe from before the club’s game against LA Galaxy.

RSL hosted Los Angeles at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday, September 29.

Lowe was killed in a shooting in Salt Lake City on Sunday, September 26.

Before kicking off against the Galaxy, Real Salt Lake remembered Lowe and posted a photo of the late defensive back on social media.

“# 22Forever,” RSL tweeted alongside a red heart emoji.

Real Salt Lake’s game against LA kicked off at the same time the University of Utah held a candlelight vigil for Lowe.

The Real Salt Lake game against the Galaxy is streamed on the KSL Sports app and on

About Aaron Lowe

Aaron Lowe was the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship and changed his number from 2 to 22 during the offseason to honor the life of his childhood friend.

Before the BYU game, the Cougars walked out of their tunnel with an “LLTJ” flag. As Utah came out of its tunnel, former Ute Samson Nacua handed the flag to quarterback and captain Cam Rising, who handed the flag to Aaron Lowe.

Lowe signed with Utah in 2019 as a three-star rookie from West Mesquite High School. He played in 11 games on special teams in his freshman year. During COVID-19’s shortened season, Lowe played in all five special team games in 2020.

SLCPD chief Mike Brown has confirmed that Aaron Lowe was shot and killed in a Sugarhouse neighborhood.

According to a press release sent by the SLCPD, they received a call around 10:30 p.m. MDT on Saturday, September 25 for a noise complaint about a house party at 2200 block of South Broadmoor Street. At approximately 12:30 a.m. MDT on Sunday, September 26, SLC911 received a call from a local person reporting a fight involving a weapon. Police were dispatched immediately after the changed circumstances changed the appeal from a noise complaint to an ongoing emergency.

The statement also said he was under investigation for homicide.

Police tweeted an update at 8:30 a.m. MDT stating that the on-site investigation is complete and all street closures have been lifted. They ask anyone with information about the case to call 801-799-3000 and reference case number 21-176828.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes insider for, co-host of the Faith, Family and Football podcast with Clark Phillips III and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports.


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Utah’s booming population, impacts of aging infrastructure on air pollution are a growing concern

As part of Utah’s 5th Annual Climate Week, panelists met after the premiere of a local documentary to discuss air pollution on Tuesday. (Mark Wetzel, KSL)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Senator Derek Kitchen raised “red flags” regarding the future of the state’s air quality during a panel following the premiere of a local documentary centered on air pollution in Utah.

The film “AWiRE: What’s Beneath the Clouds” premiered to an audience on Tuesday, with a panel of speakers to answer questions. While discussing the hope each panelist had for Utah’s climate solutions, Kitchen, who represents Salt Lake City, began by citing his growing concerns.

The Democratic state senator pointed out that recent U.S. census data shows Utah to be the fastest growing state in the country. The state has ranked among the best in its economy, GDP growth, and business opportunities over the years, leading to what Kitchen called “explosive growth on the Wasatch front.”

While this growth bodes well for the state’s opportunities, Kitchen expects it to put “tremendous pressure” on Utah’s air quality and infrastructure.

“We’re going to continue to see more people cramming in and we’re going to continue to see more cars on the road. We need to electrify our network. Ultimately it comes down to these big systemic changes that we need to focus on. as a community, ”Kitchen told the audience.“ It is truly essential that we continue to promote progressive policy that meaningfully addresses issues of energy, the way we consume things and the air we breathe. . “

Part of that progressive policy, Kitchen said, is in the way zoning and town planning is done.

A sentiment supported by Daniel Mendoza, professor at the University of Utah, who conducts research in metropolitan urban planning and atmospheric sciences. While many climate activists point to industrial air pollution as the main contributor, Mendoza said industries only make up about 15%, cars 50% and the construction sector 30%.

Whether it is consumer choices, legislative changes or government regulations that have the greatest influence on air pollution, the panel emphasized collective responsibility.

“We all have an individual responsibility for our own choices, and I think we all also have a responsibility to try to advance our group choices, our societal choices, our legislative choices,” said the representative of the Raymond Ward State. “We can’t control them, we have a responsibility to try to push what little we can.”

“It’s very hard for me to hear people say ‘someone else should fix this’ when I see them idling, trying to cheat their car inspections and wanting to get five packages now,” he said. added Mendoza.

But despite the shared responsibility of the community, the harmful effects of air pollution are disproportionate in this community.

The Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah, or HEAL Utah, found that communities living on the west side of the valley, where highways and the majority of industrial sources are located, tend to be more exposed to pollution than communities on the east side. .

The disproportionate effects were explored in the film through local Utahn stories.

“We started to delve deeper into this problem and we realized how systemic and endemic this problem is and how disparate this problem is in the communities of Salt Lake, and it really broadened its scope,” said the director Jack Hessler.

“No one should be subjected to pollution or damage just because of where they live, the color of their skin or who they are. You have to learn to grow as a community as opposed to the capitalist view of growth: get your money and get your big house and get away from pollution instead of “let’s get rid of the pollution that harms and affects our communities”, he said. said Carmen Valdez, political associate for HEAL Utah.

The film’s premiere was part of the fifth annual Utah Climate Week, hosted by the Utah Climate Action Network. The annual series of events features a group of organizations, businesses, leaders and residents on the impact of climate change on Utah and solutions. The film “What’s Beneath the Clouds” is open to the public from Wednesday and can be viewed online.

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How a federal government shutdown would affect Utah


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Congress is negotiating in Washington DC on Wednesday, in hopes that a resolution can be found to maintain funding for government agencies until early December.

If enough votes are not obtained – Democrats will need help reaching the 60 votes needed to pass the resolution in the Senate – the government will enter a shutdown when the clock strikes at 12:01 am Friday.

The effects of a potential shutdown would certainly be felt in the Hive State, according to Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah.

They were felt during the last government shutdown from December 22, 2018 to January 25, 2019, Perry says.

“The Utahns pretty much know since the last shutdown, it had an impact here,” he told, mentioning that the university’s Gardner Policy Institute estimated that around 10,000 government employees in Utah were on leave or working without pay during the previous stoppage.

These employees included a large portion of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), about 1,000 in total, living in the Davis and Weber County area, which Perry said is the highest concentration of federal employees in the western United States, who was asked to work without pay while on vacation during that 35-day period between 2018 and 2019.

Other government agencies that have a major impact on daily life in Utah would also be affected, one of the most notable perhaps being the National Parks Services (NPS). Any government shutdown would result in the closure of national parks, of which Utah has the most in the country. The impact could reverberate through communities who depend on parks for their livelihoods.

“When it comes to a national park, for example, all the hotels, the restaurants, the people who work for them, they are all affected to some extent, and that also has an impact on the state of the ‘Utah,’ illustrates Perry. “There is also an economic impact there, and most definitely an impact on the paychecks of these workers and the impacts on their families.”

During the 2018-19 shutdown, state funds were reallocated to keep Utah national parks open, due to fears of economic disaster in their communities. contacted the IRS and was directed to resources provided by the US Department of the Treasury. Although part of a 130-page IRS overview states “While we do not plan to use the plan, prudent management requires agencies to prepare for this eventuality,” a plan is in place at worst case scenario and a shutdown is activated.

According to the IRS contingency plan, a percentage of employees would be retained in the event of a business interruption. If a shutdown were to occur during a non-filing season (which coincidentally begins on Friday, when that potential shutdown would go into effect and last until the end of 2021), 39% of employees would stay on the job. On a hypothetical shutdown during the filling season, that number would drop to 57.6%.

ABC4 also contacted an NPS spokesperson, who said the organization was reviewing its contingency plan while adding “Decisions regarding specific operations and programs have not been made.”

If the figurative doors of Congress were to be slammed for an indefinite period of time, Perry worries it will become some sort of humming affair, with voices on both sides blaming the other. That, along with an already widespread mistrust of the government on the part of some, could make things ugly.

“Besides the other implications of the shutdown, this is becoming a serious messaging problem on both sides of the aisle,” Perry speculates. “This is what happens after a government shutdown. People start to wonder who is to blame, and both parties will try to blame the other party.

But as talks continue in the nation’s capital, Perry hopes government leaders can avoid a shutdown that would be the first to occur during a global pandemic.

“From my observations, negotiations are taking place in Washington in earnest and there appears to be a desire to ensure that a government shutdown does not happen.”


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Citizen revolt: week of September 30 | Citizen revolt | Salt lake city


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Roaming applicants
Roaming is on the Salt Lake City ballot in November, so when deciding who to vote for, you need to know their plan first. Crossroads Urban Center sponsored Salt Lake City Applicant Forums on Housing and Homelessness with almost all applicants this quarter. And there are many. There are elections in constituencies 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7. If you don’t know which constituency you are voting in, check out this map ( And to see who’s running, look here ( Applicants will be asked about who camped outside in the winter, what to do with the federal bailout money, affordable housing, and how to care for homeless families and children. If you missed wards 2 or 3, you can find recordings on the Carrefour website. Virtual, Thursday, Friday and Monday, Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct. 4, 11 a.m., free.

Redux of the women’s march
No, we still haven’t passed the Equal Rights Amendment, and yes, we are still fighting to protect women’s reproductive rights. But the constitutional law known as Roe v. Wade is attacked again. Women have been parading on the US Capitol since 2016, after the far right won with the election of Donald Trump. “From the crisis facing women in Afghanistan to the abortion ban in Texas, how did we get here and where do we go from here?” ask the organizers. They will present the Feminist Future series every Wednesday, September 29 through Nov 5 at 5 pm to help you understand how race, class, sexuality and gender shape our communities. Join SLC UT Women’s March, City and County Building, 450 S. State, Saturday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m., free.

Women in leadership
Speaking of women, how about hearing from Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson, who joined Governor Spencer Cox’s administration after spending eight years in the State Senate. “She has acquired a reputation as a strong conservative, a champion of open government and a staunch advocate for women and families,” say the organizers of A Fireside Conversation with Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson on Women and Leadership. Henderson will answer questions about “why, where and how women today are needed to influence, influence and lead in all contexts”. If you want answers don’t miss this. USU Brigham City Campus & Virtual / Register, 989 S. Main, Brigham City, Friday October 1, noon, free.

Districts ‘R’ Us
Every week, Weekly City highlights the public hearings on the redistribution process around the state. You voted for an independent Utah Redistribution Commission, so — unless you want to be gerrymandered — you should find out what they’re doing and support them now. This week, discover the UIRC public hearing — Glendale district. Suazo Business Center, 960 W. 1700 South, Friday October 1, 6 p.m., free.


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Somewhere Else | Columns


Home is where the heart is. We all know that.

Over these months and now years I have written to my satisfaction and given the very encouraging responses received I continue to reflect on the people and places of Vermont.

I love my house as you love yours. We are all the better to appreciate where the heart feels at home.

But for all of us, there is another place that attracts us. We all recognize that many, perhaps most of us, come from elsewhere.

About 40 years ago, when we bought our farm, I remember our first trip to the city dump, correctly and only sometimes called “the transfer station”.

The attendant first saw me with my Connecticut plates and said with a smile, “We don’t like anyone here by the way.”

I asked quickly: “And where, my friend, are you from?” He said, “Connecticut.” Then the conversation turned. “Did you know,” he said, “Wheelock was founded by people in Connecticut? “

Another place could be a lot of places. The now established Vermonter said quirkily, “You better not tell anyone how wonderful this life is in this place.”

Well, I’m from somewhere else. I never thought I would one day end up in Vermont, even though I skied all the mountains here when I was president of the West Hartford, Connecticut Ski Club in high school.

But I knew northern New England had a deep hold on me as a camp director and boating instructor on several beautiful lakes.

What brought me here was a pastoral role visiting a great lady, the well known and much loved Allis Reid, whose son and husband tragically passed away in the mid-1960s. Allis was the one of my older students at the University of Hartford and her family had been a member of the church that took me to my doctoral program.

Allis said, “Buy the old farm up the road, Bob, you’ll never regret it.” Even though it was barricaded and partially falling, we made the jump.

We thought that as a family we could ski Burke regularly, although we were fully engaged in a Connecticut church – one of the great churches in America.

I thought, “Just what I didn’t need! We had a beautiful rectory and our own waterfront home in Old Saybrook. We had deep and permanent roots there near the lighthouses and even had Katharine and Marion Hepburn as neighbors and even with precious pastoral ties with the Hepburn family.

Because I was conceived in a place called Fenwick and later in life I led the summer worship service at Saint Mary’s By The Sea every year, I knew this place would always anchor me there.

This other place has always caught my eye. It wasn’t so much real estate or even the beautiful memories.

It was the salty air and, oh yes, the seagulls, the sand, the shells, the dry, floating seaweed that made this elsewhere so expensive.

I tried to shake it somewhere else, just like you got your own heart.

Throughout my long and beloved pastorate at Peacham, I was helped by a tender annual remembrance gift when Bob and Sharon Fuehrer brought a Mason jar filled with the powerful smelling seaweed, seashells and salt water.

I kept it in the fridge and sniffed it at least twice a day. The Fueher’s spent the summer in their Maine home, returning to Peacham for various reasons. They knew the pastor worked diligently all summer. After all, 50 percent of the people in Peacham are seasonal. There was the excitement of the Tractor Parade on the 4th, a vibrant PAMFest, a Maple Leaf Seven concert, animal blessing and endless good times with the people in the summer. I was busy, but Bob and Sharon knew the scents of the shore were calling me elsewhere.

We all have our own stories of how we got to this place in this country we love.

Hearing the stories of others makes our own journey precious. Let’s celebrate this, even though it has been difficult at times.

I used to be the senior pastor of a huge church in Florida. In October, snowbirds would start arriving from the north. All year round, Floridians would often leave in October to travel north with their families for Thanksgiving and Christmas to visit people and places along the way.

The Psalmist was right when he wrote of the goodness of “our going out and coming in”.

It’s more than the anguish of feeling that the grass is always greener on the other side.

Perhaps we can be comforted by the wisdom to know that the leaves here are more beautiful than elsewhere. After all, the whole world comes to see the generosity of this beautiful place which for them is elsewhere.

My dear longtime friends, Susan and Stuart O’Brien from Peacham have struggled each year to decide when to go to their lovely seaside home in Florida. Stuart always wanted to leave early. Susan always wanted to stay here a little longer. She’d say a little sadly over the years, “Oh Bob, it’s my last Sunday, Stuart wants to go.”

I always asked, “Why go there?” Stay here a little longer. She always replied, “But I love my husband. We would laugh together.

Perhaps the best way to deal with October is to be grateful for the memories from elsewhere and summers past and to honor our homes and hearts right here in the Northeast Kingdom. I will give thanks for the seasons to come.

Why not let Thanksgiving start in October.

Bob Potter lives with his family in Wheelock and is pastor of the Monadnock Congregational Church of the Great North Woods in Colebrook, New Hampshire. The services are available on Youtube. He can be contacted at [email protected]


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Planning Commission adopts updated short-term rental ordinance; proposal goes to county commission – St George News

ST. GEORGE – A proposal to update the county code regarding short-term rentals was passed Tuesday morning by the Washington County Planning Commission. The proposal, which officials say clarifies what had previously been described as broad and vague, is now heading to the Washington County Commission for consideration.

In this file photo, members of the Washington County Planning Commission, St. George, Utah November 12, 2019 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Referred to as “Option 2,” highlights of the proposed update include mandates that landlords absent from short-term rentals have a local property management company to oversee their property; display signs on their units identifying the owner and a phone number for a 24/7 property manager; and have off-street parking available for vacation renters.

The code for the square footage of short-term rentals is also included in option 2.

“We’re trying to find the balance between investors – or landlords who have short-term rentals – and the people who live next door,” said Scott Messel, director of community development for Washington County in St. George. News.

Option 2 was drafted following a September 14 planning committee meeting in which the original proposal, Option 1, was presented and then criticized by “a noisier part” of the participants. at the meeting, Messel said.

In this file photo, Scott Messel, director of community development for Washington County, addresses the county planning committee, St. George, Utah Aug 21, 2019 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The individuals, he said, were mostly landowners and investors who lived outside the region and challenged part of Option 1 which would only have allowed owner-occupied short-term rentals in the regions. county unincorporated areas.

Tyson Isham, a local property manager, previously said Option 1 “would make 96% of our short-term rental market illegal overnight.”

“They said they would grant grandfathered rights to anyone who is already operating legally under current regulations; however, I don’t think this promise really holds up.

Concerns about the growing popularity of short-term rentals in the county have been around for some time. The case came to a head and resulted in the termination of many owner-occupied AirBnB rentals in St. George in 2015. This, in part, led to state legislation in 2017 limiting the means by which authorities of the city and county may locate potential vacation homes in their area for code enforcement purposes.

Most recently, the Washington County Commission voted in May to impose a six-month moratorium on the approval of all new vacation rental applications while the county reviews its existing ordinance and updates it accordingly.

Composite image. Background photo shows Dixie Springs, a hot bed for vacation rentals in the then Hurricane Hurricane, Utah September 8, 2016 | Photo by Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News

At the time, the county ordinance allowed vacation rentals to be set up pretty much anywhere in the county without too many restrictions. There was also no clear policy regarding the square footage required to accommodate a vacation rental.

Before the moratorium, a landlord only had to obtain a county business license and register with the state to have a vacation rental application approved. After that, county politics became very broad and vague, Washington County Assistant District Attorney Victoria Hales told the commission at its May 14 meeting.

Messel said the existing code was “too distorted” by allowing rentals anywhere and without area or occupancy caps.

In this file photo, St. George City seen from the Dixie Rock / Sugarloaf Formation at Pioneer Park, St. George, Utah, July 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

One problem with short-term rentals that the county wants to avoid, he said, is the creation of what could be mini-hotels in residential areas where a vacation home can be rented by 30 people or more at once.

“If you live next door to that it can have an impact,” Messel said. “If you are planning to build a house for short-term rental, we won’t let you build a hotel in a residential area. “

Residents of neighborhoods where these rentals exist tend to complain about noise, garbage, and parking, as multiple cars can accompany vacationers. Communities with residents who have complained about short-term rentals include Dammeron Valley, Pine Valley and Sky Ranch, Messel said.

“These areas have experienced more tension and problems with short-term rentals,” he said.

File photo of Dammeron Valley, where community members have spoken out against vacation rentals in their neighborhoods, Dammeron Valley, Utah May 21, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

Isham said the restriction on short-term rentals would have a negative impact on the local economy, and he called on the county commission to enforce pre-existing laws rather than creating new ones.

“Our ideal outcome would be for the county to vote to keep its current legislation unchanged and put in place an action plan to apply its current legislation to the letter,” Isham said. “I hope property owners and managers will come forward to speak up and defend their rights instead of having them taken into the dark of night.”

The Washington County Property Owners and STR Facebook group has been following the county’s work on vacation rental ordinance revisions. As of Tuesday night, the majority of the group’s postings did not support the Planning Committee’s vote.

Washington County Commissioner Discusses Need for County to Revise Short-Term Rental Policy, St. George, Utah May 4, 2021 | Photo courtesy of Washington County / CEC, St. George News

A group member noted the Town Planning Commission ‘s removal of the owner occupancy provision and increased square footage requirements.

“They added an optional gravel driveway and restricted locks as additional units,” the commenter added. “Some of you might think it’s good, but keep in mind a summary of what’s still in it. … Annual inspections, be sure to watch the insane signage requirements… There’s always the size of the unit, the local property manager, and tons of other restrictions. This is all garbage! Please contact the commissioners and tell them to close it. It’s up to them now!

The Washington County committee will vote on Option 2 at its October 5 meeting.

St. George News editor Alexa Morgan contributed to this story.

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Passenger woman assaults and gropes people at Salt Lake City hair salon


SALT LAKE CITY – A Ballpark neighborhood business is calling for change after the owner said a homeless woman assaulted two people in her living room. The situation came out of nowhere and was filmed.

What was a former car garage is now a place of modern beauty and relaxation.

Randy Topham renovated the building at 1010 S. State Street three years ago and moved his longtime Cake Hair Salon business from downtown to the Ballpark neighborhood.

The move came after much research, he said, and after learning about the city’s plans to revitalize State Street.

Since then, Topham has created the living room space he has always dreamed of.

“Always every time I look at it it’s like a dream when we’re inside. The interior is perfect,” he said.

It’s the exterior that he says is a challenge, and it has only gotten worse recently.

Topham recounted the different things he had to face. On some occasions he had problems several times a day.

“Sometimes it’s just people coming in through the front door and yelling at us and yelling obscenities,” said the salon owner. “Sometimes it’s people walking into our parking lot and doing things there. We’ve had several different groups of passengers who think it was a good idea to come and cut our power lines.”

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But Topham never knew the situation that unfolded in Cake’s lobby on Saturday.

Newly installed surveillance cameras show a woman wandering inside. She comes off the screen and Topham said the woman had sat in one of the chairs in the lobby, in a daze.

He walked over to ask her how he could help her.

“All of a sudden she roared and just jumped on me and attacked me,” Topham said.

The woman ran her hands across product shelves, throwing items everywhere, he added. He was going to try to get the woman back outside, but Topham said the woman tried to turn and pause for the back of the living room.

They got into a fight.

“We shot in sight [of the security camera], and she fell and I tried to hold her in place so she couldn’t punch and kick me, ”he said.

The video shows Topham holding the woman to the ground. Suddenly the woman starts to look up at him.

“She mowed down a loogie and spat on me, and I kind of jumped and backed up,” he recalls.

At this point, a first-time salon client gets up from a chair and steps in to help. As the man offers his hand to help the woman up, she grabs it.

But as she climbs up from the ground, she puts her other hand in the client’s pocket. Topham said the woman then groped the customer.

Finally, the woman is pushed outside and leaves.

Topham said the same woman walked into the living room another time and started laughing as she groped Topham as he tried to get her to leave.

Not only are people entering the street like this woman did, but Topham said he saw issues with people camping in an empty parking lot on the other side of the building next to his own.

Topham says he has called the police several times, but they can only answer a fraction of the time. Officers responded on Saturday and Salt Lake City Police confirmed that a detective would resume the investigation to continue criminal prosecution.

But Topham described how some of the less aggressive issues are not properly addressed.

“I talked to the police about it a lot,” Topham said. “And they say they have their hands tied, they do whatever they can to help, but they are understaffed and so there is only a limit to what they are allowed to do, unfortunately. , to the passing population. “

Hearing this, Topham said he also contacted Salt Lake City Council as well as the mayor’s office and the Homeless Engagement and Response Team.

He was also not satisfied with what they told him.

“I think so many of these passing people need our help and I think we have to give it to them,” Topham said. “We can’t just look blindly the other way and say, ‘Leave them alone.’ Because what you allow, you promote. If you allow anarchy, then that’s what you get. “

READ: SLC Ballpark overflow shelter could ‘kill’ housing project, developer says

SLCPD Sgt. Brandon Shearer said he has received an increase in calls over the past two months in that region. They received at least 9-10 calls from Cake Hair Salon, mostly for trespassing.

When calls increase in a specific area, he explains that they will devote more resources to it.

Shearer explained how social workers in the city often try to offer resources to homeless people.

“I think the important thing to remember is that being homeless is not a crime,” he said.

The Ballpark neighborhood has received numerous complaints from residents and businesses about crime for over a year, and Shearer explained some of the steps taken to engage with the community.

He said last week they hosted “Coffee with a Cop” in the Ballpark neighborhood.

“Our community liaison officer assigned to this area worked closely with community members to identify the type of issues they are having and help them resolve them in a timely manner,” he said.

Topham wants to see more action at the administrative and city council level.

He hopes the city can work on policies to address the issues as he strives to keep his living room that perfect dream space – both inside and out.

“I hope we can make changes in the future so that we don’t have these challenges,” he said.


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St. George continues to grow as water officials try to keep pace

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4) – The Washington County Water Conservancy District is completing several projects to keep pace with its growth.

“Some projects we kind of assumed we wouldn’t need for a while, like some water tanks specifically and the water treatment plant expansion, but due to the With growth underway, we need to accelerate the rate at which we bring these projects now, ”said Zachary Renstrom, general manager of the Washington County Water Conservancy District.

Currently, the county’s only water supply is the Virgin River, and as of June, water levels were the lowest on record.

“In mid-July there was a change and we had these wonderful monsoon rains so we got twice as much monsoon rain as the average and it had a significant impact on the Virgin River”, explains Renstrom.

That’s why Renstrom says it needs the Lake Powell pipeline, which is under environmental review.

“This gives us a more reliable water supply system and it will ensure that we have the water we need as our community and economy grows,” he says.

But Lake Powell’s water levels are 50 feet lower than last year. Renstrom says that despite the drop in levels, the state is entitled to a water budget, designated to help the county.

“Utah is going to use that budget and if we don’t use it on the Lake Powell pipeline then we’re going to use it somewhere in the state, we’re actually going to run more models to see the extremes on that. what could possibly happen, ”he said.

This year alone, a total of 1,167 building permits were issued in St. George. In Washington, 928 building permits were issued in the past 12 months, the highest number in the city’s history, according to city officials. On average, it takes about 300,000 gallons of water to build a house.

“I have met the majority of the county town councils and they have all been very positive about adopting best practices or amending their existing landscape ordinances to embrace these new ideas about water,” says Renstrom.

Renstrom says there is currently enough water to keep up with the growth, as long as they keep adding water projects like reservoirs and water reservoirs.

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Health leaders: “The government should step down”


SCOTTSDALE – Healthcare executives are increasingly skeptical that government can do anything to solve their industry’s pervasive cost and access issues, and this is fueling calls for them to do anything. are going it alone, according to those who spoke at a modern healthcare event on Tuesday.

“My belief is to ask the government to fix something as complex as it will not work,” said Dan Liljenquist, director of strategy for Intermountain Healthcare, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. “We (the audience of C-suite executives of health) know about health care. How do we organize ourselves for a different future? “

Executives from major hospital and healthcare business groups spoke out on the future of healthcare policy at the Modern Healthcare Leadership Symposium on Tuesday. But members of the public shared their own thoughts, which mostly revolved around moving forward without Congress and the Biden administration.

Liljenquist, a former Utah senator, told the group that his experience in the public service taught him that trying to solve health problems with a wide range of policies didn’t work. That’s why he led efforts to bring together 55 healthcare systems to form Civica Rx, a supplier-owned pharmaceutical company that aims to stabilize the pharmaceutical supply chain of hospitals by manufacturing generic drugs for its members. He asked the panel if they really thought Congress could do something “substantial” to change the direction in which health care is headed.

Panelist This Connolly had a quick response: “My response would be that the government should step down,” she said.

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Connolly is CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, a professional group for nonprofit health plans. She said the pandemic has contributed to what has become a “very busy” environment in Washington, DC in which policymakers – both in Congress and in the Biden administration – are skeptical of further interventions.

“The atmosphere in Washington has become more and more toxic,” she said. “Partisan doesn’t begin to describe it.”

When ACHP representatives describe their efforts in communities, policymakers accuse ACHP of sorting the data, Connolly said. To healthcare providers in the room, she stressed the need to communicate their stories using data. To counter the current environment of frustration and skepticism, providers should respond by doing more to emphasize their value to communities.

Dr Stephen Klasko, CEO of Jefferson Health, a nonprofit based in Philadelphia, Pa., Said that for the past 10 years, every conference panel has had the same conversation. These are fairness, prevention and payer-provider alignment. Sounds good, but Klasko said it didn’t resolve the fact that U.S. healthcare is a broken and unsustainable system.

An obstetrician, Klasko noted that the United States spends four times as much per obstetrics patient as any other country, but her results fall somewhere between Serbia and Croatia.

“We talk so much about government, but government is allowing more people to access this broken, fragmented and inequitable system,” he said, noting that Jefferson Health is spending millions of dollars to fight health insurers and the Federal Trade Commission, which recently chose not to appeal a judge’s dismissal of its lawsuit to block Jefferson’s merger with Albert Einstein Healthcare Network.


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Coachman’s Restaurant Could Return As Part Of New Salt Lake City Condo Project


This is the “intention,” says the owner. Designs for a new 112-unit State Street resort include space for a renovated version of the popular restaurant.

(Rendered by AE Urbia Architects and Engineers, via Salt Lake City) Render of Coachman Mixed Use, a proposed 112 condominium and retail development project at 1301 S. State Street in Salt Lake City, to replace Coachman’s Dinner & Pancake now closed House and adjoining shops to the south.

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New plans for a 112-unit condominium complex to replace the shuttered Coachman’s Dinner & Pancake House on State Street include enough space for a revived version of the popular restaurant, its owner confirmed on Monday.

But whether that means a return to the famous stacked buns, fried chicken and Greek salads from the vintage Salt Lake City restaurant is unclear, longtime owner Mike Nikols said.

“It was the intention; let’s put it that way, ”Nikols said of Coachman’s reopening at 1301 S. State St., which closed in April. “I can’t say it’s 100%.”

The city agreed to rezone the property earlier this year. As part of a newly formed company called Reality Development, Nikols has since submitted designs for a six-story residential, office and retail project anchored at the southeast corner of State Street and 1300 South and s ‘extending south along State.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Coachman’s Dinner & Pancake House at 1301 S. State St. closed after 60 years to make way for new development. There is a chance it will reopen.

News that Coachman’s was shutting down to make way for a redevelopment – a farewell from the restaurant’s iconic sign on State Street – sparked a wave of support from longtime patrons, filling the cozy restaurant with customers remembering his last days.

But as quickly as Utah’s capital is growing now, Nikols said, once the 60-year-old restaurant and an adjacent two-story office building are demolished and the new residential complex built, “it will take a year. and a half or less People’s lives change and you never know what’s going to happen.

Coachman Mixed Use, as the new condo project has been dubbed, will offer cheaper one and two bedroom condos for sale with structured parking as well as retail space on the ground floor and office space on the second floor. in this prominent corner, according to the plans deposited at the town hall.

It’s part of an ongoing construction boom across the city, including an increase in residential construction often replacing older commercial structures.

Coachman’s owner said the condo project was “not motivated by money” and was aimed at providing an “affordable homeownership option for people who are just starting out in life.”

He also hopes the approach will foster additional long-term investment in the surrounding neighborhood along State Street, which is being targeted by city officials for redevelopment.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Coachman’s Dinner & Pancake House at 1301 S. State St. closed after 60 years to make way for new development. There is a chance in May to reopen.

“It could be very positive and a way to create something for the community,” Nikols said. “I’m not looking to make a fortune with these places. I just want to make a profit and help people too.

“It’s going to be neat,” he added.

His plans also point to a large corner space on the ground floor, where the old restaurant is located, for a new “Coachman restaurant”. There is also talk, Nikols said, of salvaging and reusing the iconic angled lamp sign, designed by Nikols’ father, longtime restaurateur John Nikols, and which remains a familiar landmark in the neighborhood.

Discussions with historical curators raised the possibility of cutting the panel into pieces and incorporating them into the new construction.

“We’ll see if it can be done,” Nikols said.

Salt Lake City Council unanimously accepted its request to zoning the 1.77 acres under Coachman’s offices and adjacent to it in March, shifting from one commercial use to one more conducive to mixing land uses and buildings over four storeys.

Nikols asked to treat the project as a planned development, which, if approved, would give him more leeway to make the project compatible with neighboring properties, he said. Its latest designs also require approval from city planners as the building’s facade along State Street appears to extend beyond a 200-foot city limit.

The city’s redevelopment agency, meanwhile, has created a new project area covering portions of land on either side of State Street between 300 South and 2100 South – an initiative designed to attract additional development to aid. tax incentives and other financial tools.


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Japan to lift all emergency measures against coronavirus nationwide

TOKYO – The Japanese government said the coronavirus state of emergency will end on Thursday so the economy can be reactivated as infections slow.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on Tuesday that restrictions on viruses will be gradually relaxed.

With the lift, Japan will be fully released from emergency requirements for the first time in more than six months. Government officials are bracing for the relaxed restrictions by instituting other plans such as vaccine passports and virus tests.

Japan’s current state of emergency, declared in April, has been extended and extended several times. Despite public weariness and frustration with the measures, Japan has managed to avoid more restrictive lockdowns imposed elsewhere while recording around 1.69 million cases and 17,500 deaths from COVID-19.

Emergency and other measures in the 27 prefectures expire at the end of September. Some experts want the state of emergency in 19 regions to be reduced to a near-emergency first to ensure infections do not rebound quickly, and the government is reportedly considering this strategy.

The emergency mainly took the form of requests that restaurants and bars open for shorter periods of time and not serve alcohol. The governors of Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto have said they plan to keep those demands in place while closely monitoring the virus situation.

Japan is keen to expand its social and economic activities while balancing the need to prevent the next wave of infections. The government, which is in transition as the ruling party chooses a replacement for Suga later this week, is under pressure to maintain effective virus strategies ahead of parliamentary elections in two months.

Economy and Finance Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, also in charge of COVID-19 measures, said the easing of measures will be phased in as cooler weather raises concerns of a resurgence.

Restaurants and other commercial establishments currently required to close early are expected to gradually return to normal hours as authorities strengthen health systems to prepare for the next outbreak, officials said.

“Lifting the emergency does not mean that we are 100% free,” Dr Shigeru Omi, the government’s chief medical adviser, told reporters. “The government should send a clear message to the people that we can only relax gradually.”

He urged authorities to quickly tighten controls when there are early signs of a resurgence before holiday periods.

The ongoing state of emergency and the fifth state of emergency declared in April in Japan have been repeatedly extended and extended, becoming the longest since the pandemic began last year. Despite public weariness and frustration with the measures, Japan has managed to avoid more restrictive lockdowns imposed elsewhere while recording around 1.69 million cases of infection and 17,500 deaths from COVID-19.

Infections began to worsen in July and peaked in mid-August after the Olympics, topping 5,000 cases in Tokyo alone and topping 25,000 nationwide. Thousands of patients unable to find hospital beds have had to overcome the disease at home.

The Olympics and government officials deny that the games directly caused the upsurge, but experts said the party atmosphere made people more socially active and was indirectly responsible for it.

Suga decided to step down from party leadership and the post of prime minister after being criticized for his government’s virus measures and his insistence on hosting the Olympics during a pandemic despite public opposition.

Daily reported cases have fallen to around 2,000 nationwide, less than a tenth of the peak in mid-August. Experts attributed the drop in numbers to the rise in vaccinations – 56% of the population is fully vaccinated – and people increasing their social distancing efforts after being alarmed by the collapse of medical systems.

Vaccinations Minister Taro Kono recently said that Japan is also preparing to start administering boosters – a third shot for those who have already received two – to medical staff by the end of this year and to people elderly early next year.

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Commentary: US nuclear fallout victims need more help


Others keep pictures of their children in their wallets. I keep a small map from Richard Miller’s book “Under the Cloud: The Decades of Nuclear Testing”.

Observers observe an atomic nuclear explosion at Yucca Flats, Nevada on March 23, 1955. There were more than 1,000 atomic tests in the Nevada desert between 1951 and 1992, of which about 100 were above ground. Radiation exposure can take years to manifest as cancer. Associated Press, Dossier

The map shows where fallout from 12 years of surface atomic testing in the Nevada desert spread through the 1950s and 1960s. Utah and Nevada are almost completely blackened, and black ink is spreading across the Midwest and as far north as New York and Canada.

Our government has never said what the fallout did to the people who live under these clouds. Even in my hometown of Salt Lake City, people who have suffered from cancer, leukemia and other related illnesses and who have lost family, friends and neighbors do not realize how much this fallout could have affected them. .

Radiation does not respect arbitrary lines on a map. Jet streams carried him across the country and he fell in snow or rain, endangering countless Americans. Consider how smoke from the California fires darkened the skies across the West, even turning the sky around the Statue of Liberty a surreal orange. We could see the smoke, but we couldn’t see the radiation that was falling on the fields and crops, rivers and streams and making its way through the food chain and into our bodies.

I grew up in Utah playing in rain puddles, eating vegetables from the garden, drinking milk from a local dairy. It wasn’t until the spring before my 30th birthday that I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, a cancer common in people exposed to fallout as children.

I keep a list of childhood neighbors who got sick. It now has 54 people. This includes three of my sisters: one who died of an autoimmune disease at age 46; another who has been diagnosed with rare stomach cancer, and a third is being treated for autoimmune disorders. A friend of mine who died two years ago lamented, “We are Cold War veterans, only we never enlisted and no one will ever fold a flag over our coffins.

In 1990, Congress finally passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, which provided $ 50,000 each to certain downwinders – that’s what they call us – who lived in designated rural counties in three states during some years and have been diagnosed with one of 18 types of fallout related to fallout. Cancer.

It was an important step. But, largely for political reasons, the scope of the act is extremely limited compared to the actual number of civilians likely to be affected by the nuclear tests. Many people – including myself, my family and my childhood neighbors – are not eligible, despite the known impacts on our health. A 1997 study showed that up to 212,000 cases over the course of a lifetime of thyroid cancer alone may be linked to the fallout from testing.

Radiation exposure can take years to manifest as cancer. People always get sick and their cancers come back; they suffer from health complications and are struggling with huge medical bills. Yet tragically, the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act is set to expire in July 2022.

Those of us who are feeling the effects of nuclear fallout have waited too long for justice to be done. For far too many people, it is already too late.

This is why it is urgent that we extend the law beyond 2022 and do good to more of these victims – in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho and Montana. A bill introduced on September 22 by the senses Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Ben Ray Lujan, DN.M., and Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez, DN.M., would do just that.

Tell your representatives in Congress that they must hurry. For some of us, this may be our last chance.

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Federal appeals court urged re-trial over SLC police shooting


SALT LAKE CITY – A federal appeals court has been asked to revive a lawsuit filed by the family of a man shot dead by a Salt Lake City police officer.

In recent arguments at the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver, attorneys for Patrick Harmon Sr.’s estate urged a three-judge panel to reinstate the trial which was overturned by a federal judge in the United States. ‘Utah.

The judge “wrongly determined that Mr. Harmon posed a serious threat,” argued Harmon family attorney Nicholas Lutz.

Harmony was arrested by police while cycling on State Street in 2017. Officers discovered Harmon had a warrant for his arrest. While handcuffed, Harmon broke free. What happened next is the subject of the family’s trial.

Police claimed Harmon had a knife and threatened officers when he was shot several times. The Harmon family maintains that while a weapon was found nearby, body camera footage did not show him holding it.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill found shooting legally justified. The shooting was among those cited in Black Lives Matter’s protests against police brutality last year.

The Harmon family sued the Salt Lake City Police and Officer Clinton Fox, alleging racial bias (Harmon is black and the officer is white), excessive force and a violation of Harmon’s constitutional rights by the police. A judge dismissed part of the lawsuit, ruling that what the officers had done was “legally, objectively reasonable”, but also allowing certain allegations of racial prejudice to go forward in state court.

The Harmon family asked the 10th Circuit Court to restart the trial and have it decided by a jury.

“The inevitable inference from these allegations is that Mr. Harmon did not pose a serious and immediate threat to the officers at the time he was killed,” Lutz told the judges.

The police body camera video was a key part of the arguments, with Lutz and Katherine Nichol, the Salt Lake City lawyer, drawing the judges’ attention to it.

“When I saw the video they never ordered him to drop anything and the only audible statement was the officer shouting ‘I’m going to shoot you’,” Judge Keith Kelly said at the ‘hearing.

“That’s right, your honor. It was the only order, as you may call it, that was given to Mr. Harmon,” Lutz replied.

But the Salt Lake City attorney argued that judges should consider what a “reasonable officer” would do in the circumstances.

“Officer Fox was faced with circumstances in which, during an arrest for a second degree felony, Mr. Harmon begged officers to let him go,” Nichol said. “He then freed himself while in handcuffs, he pushed an officer to the ground as he was running away, then he stopped running and turned back to the officers with what appeared to be reasonable and was, in fact, a knife. “

Throughout the 30 or so minutes of argument, the judges appeared somewhat skeptical of some of Salt Lake City’s arguments.

“Even if he pushed it, I grant you. Three officers, one guy on a bike. They fight. They don’t tell him to drop anything. I couldn’t see anything in it. the video. and he says I’m going to shoot you, and he does. Is this standard operating procedure in Salt Lake? “asked Judge Kelly.

“No, your honor,” replied Nichol. “The Court’s investigation covers all of the circumstances, as the Court is well aware.”

The 10th circuit court took the case under advisement without delay for the time when it could rule.


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Biden gets booster, urges unvaxxed to get dosed

CDC said 25% of eligible Americans had not received any doses

WASHINGTON (Nexstar) – “I’m over 65,” President Joe Biden said with a laugh, as he publicly received his COVID-19 reminder on Monday morning.

Biden, 78, rolled up his sleeve for the encore. He is one of the millions of Americans now eligible for the additional dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Anyone 65 years of age or older or with underlying health risks is eligible, as well as those in high-risk jobs like first responders, healthcare workers, and grocery store workers – as long as that. been over 6 months since their second Pfizer vaccine.

But Biden said there was something more important than booster shots, and it convinces the unvaccinated to get the shot initially.

The CDC said 25% of eligible Americans had not received any doses.

“We know that in order to beat this pandemic and save lives, to keep our children safe, our open schools, our economy, we need to get people vaccinated,” Biden said in remarks before receiving the booster.

Unvaccinated Americans put others at risk, the president said. “This is why I am moving forward with immunization requirements wherever I can. “

However, there is still no date when Biden’s vaccine mandate for employees of large companies will take effect.

“We knew it would take a little while, given that there are some very understandable and good questions from the business world,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. “We want to make sure there is clarity when they are making the rules.”

When it takes effect, Republicans – including a group of 24 state attorneys general – threaten to sue the administration.

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How Much Jen Shah’s Husband Earns From Coaching


Sharrieff Shah, husband of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah, makes a living as a soccer coach. Here is an overview of his salary.

Apart from Jen Shah’s earnings on The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, she also benefits from the coaching salary earned by her husband, coach Sharrieff Shah. As RHOSLC viewers know, Coach Shah works as a college football coach and earns a salary that places him among the highest paid coaches in the NCAA. Recently, fans looked at Coach Shah’s salary as his wife faces up to 20 years in prison on criminal fraud charges. As Jen pleads her innocence in court, her husband is tasked with supporting his family.

Jen will be back for RHOSLC season 2, which will provide a preview of his arrest earlier this year. The outspoken drama starter had previously been criticized by fans who were fed up with his erratic behavior and lack of accountability. Alas, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City season 2 only shows that Jen apparently hasn’t improved. Instead, she seems to be launching her tirades against people’s children. Meanwhile, Jen is still the wife and mother of her two teenage sons with Sharrieff. Despite the fact that fans don’t like Jen, Sharrieff is still well received by cast and viewers. Coach Shah is definitely Jen’s saving grace on the show.

Related: RHOSLC: Mary Cosby Tags Whitney Rose A ‘Bobble Head’ on Twitter

At present, Coach Shah is also Jen’s financial savior as she has seen her bank accounts taken over by the US government. United States today recently released a list of the highest paid NCAA coaches and Sharrieff made the list. The cornerbacks / special teams coordinator came in 211th with an annual salary of $ 450,000. In turn, Open payroll noted that Sharrieff grossed $ 553,215.17 in income for the 2020 school year. This hefty salary includes bonuses, benefits, retirement and Coach Shah’s pension plans. Sharrieff has negotiated a good deal for himself given that he earns 683.2% more than the average salary of university and college employees and 738.9% above the national average for government employees.

Jen shah talks to coach - rhoslc

At The Real Housewives of Salt Lake CityJen opened up about missing her husband while on the road for work. Sharrieff even used some of his life coaching techniques with his wife. However, many viewers got angry with Sharrieff after apparently seeing him pampering his wife despite her immature behavior throughout. RHOSLC season 1. In turn, Jen opened RHOSLC season 2 revealing that Sharrieff has nearly divorced her in recent months due to her temper tantrums. He even went so far as to contact a divorce lawyer behind his wife’s back. Overall, this was the reality check Jen needed, and she arrived right before her shocking fraud arrest.

Sharrieff stays by Jen’s side as she goes about her legal affairs, but her accusations should not be taken lightly. Jen is considering jail time if she can’t find a good defense against her charges. She is accused of running a nationwide telemarketing program targeting unsuspecting victims and soliciting services they never received. Jen’s end the The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City could be imminent if sent to jail.

Next: RHOSLC: Why Heather Gay Would Want A Friendship With Jen Shah

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Rio Grande plan, updated: underground trains in depot and granary districts catch Salt Lake City’s attention


500 W in Salt Lake City would be converted back into a transit corridor if the Rio Grande plan is successful. Looking south, a new canopy, with the Rio Grande depot to the left and the depot district redevelopment area to the right. Image courtesy of Cameron Blakely.

A plan designed by citizen-professionals that would revitalize rail transport, remove barriers between downtown and the city’s west side, and free up hundreds of acres for redevelopment has made its way to some “important players” since. our last report.

Designed in 2020, the Rio Grande Plan has raised eyebrows ever since. Its new iteration, which has just been released, is an impressive blend of graphic and urban design, transportation engineering and rail knowledge.

The plan sponsors tell us that their presentations were well received – representatives from most, if not all, of the organizations agreed that they would benefit from the plan. But none thinks they can do the lift on their own, and none so far has given any indication of a willingness to lead.

Salt Lake City City Hall officials, for their part, call the plan “forward-thinking,” “bold” and “transformative,” while making it clear that they would need partners. keys to intensify.

The current challenge, the plan’s authors tell us, is to find “champions” within key agencies to move the idea forward in its early stages.

Building Salt Lake has contacted some of these potential leaders about the plan. Some had seen the new version of the plan, others had not. We will take a look.

Map the actors

The plan’s writers, landscape architect and designer Cameron Blakely and transportation engineer Christian Lenhart – whose expertise includes the design of freeway ramps and level crossing safety – don’t hesitate to thank the others. people who helped the plan along the way.

Lenhart is “amazed and grateful for all the support, advice and help Cameron and I have received over the past year.”

He summed up their vision: “All the best cities in the world have, at their center, the beating heart of a large train station that connects the city to the surrounding communities, making the city center a real gathering place for all.

Blakely notes a “process of making”, consisting of “feedback from peers, colleagues and friends,” which made the last version a much more comprehensive document.

Current conditions on 500 W and 300 S, west side of Depot. This is the area where the new angular canopy would be located, above the train box. Notice the city’s particularly hostile approach to public space on 500 W. Photos by Luke Garrott.

They presented to the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Board of Directors and the City.

Other parties involved, and likely key partners, are Union Pacific, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), the Utah Legislature, and UT’s Department of Culture and Community Engagement, current users of the repository.

Union Pacific, of course, also holds key cards. Although no contact has been made with them, Lenhart is confident that they will welcome the closure of so many crossings with open arms. The Rio Grande plan also argues that UP’s Salt Lake City train stations are completely obsolete for their current operations.

The updated plan

The main components of the project are as follows (cited and edited from the Plan).

• Moves all north-south rail tracks between 900 S and 100 S in an underground structure called a “train box”.

• Moves all transit services from the current Salt Lake Central Station at 600W and 300S to the historic Rio Grande depot at 450W and 300S.

• Permanent disappearance of level crossings that block the west-east flow in and near the city center: 200 S and 650 W, 800 S and 650 W, and 900 S and 650 W.

• Demolishes the 400 S viaduct, freeing nearly 2000 linear feet of street frontage – 2 1/2 blocks on either side of the redesigned street.

• Opens 52 acres of land from the former use of the railroad.

• Opens over 150 additional acres of private land for redevelopment.

New renderings of the Rio Grande depot, enlarged to the west. Images courtesy of Cameron Blakely.

The authors noted two key changes between the first and second iteration. First, Blakely reconfigured 500W into an entire street, “to activate the Station Center project ground levels rather than facing them at a bus stop.” he noted.

Regional buses are moved north and south from the depot, while local UTA buses share the front of the terminal on Rio Grande St with TRAX trains.

Second, Lenhart’s expertise in designing freeway ramps led him to artfully design a way to realign the UDOT’s 900 S ramp to go down to 500 W instead of West Temple, which would be a huge win for the Central 9th ​​and Ballpark wards.

According to him, “express buses from all over the valley could take the highway, then get off on the 500 west and 900 south and up the street to the Rio Grande Depot transit center.”

“But we’ve been told a number of times that it’s more embarrassing to have it in there than not, so we deleted it.”

Reactions from municipal authorities

Salt Lake City officials were first on Lenhart and Blakely’s list for early contact, for understandable reasons. The City Redevelopment Agency (RDA) has been active in the northern part of the region for decades and has aggressively supported TRAX’s rail extensions and development around stations. The city council acts as the board of directors of the GDR and the mayor appoints its leaders.

The prospect of a new TIF zone, perhaps a Transit Redevelopment Zone (TRZ), must be appealing to city leaders with an area so well connected to the city center.

The likelihood of a political setback in the area’s development appears to be nil, given that its neighbors are the Transition Light Industrial Areas of Granary to the east and the Interstate to the west.

This “Future Land Use Master Plan” flown over shows how removing lanes and shortening freeway ramps can transform the area. Image courtesy of Cameron Blakely.

The city’s master plans also mention future extensions of the tramway or the TRAX railway line to the south through the Grenier.

Councilor Dan Dugan (District 6) was an early and energetic supporter of the plan, its authors tell us. The first-term city councilor, a retired US Navy pilot who currently works in local manufacturing, said the plan turned him on for reasons of town planning, air quality and fairness .

Dugan is starting a series of meetings in the coming days with potential partners – with the aim of securing support for a funding feasibility study.

“I’m impressed. It’s bold, transformative, where we can have great growth for Salt Lake City that doesn’t increase the number of cars or necessitate the expansion of I-15.

“What are the big barriers between east and west in the city? It’s I-15 and the railroad tracks. They block the flow of commerce, people and ideas. We have big equity issues in the city which are partially resolved by the removal of the rail lines. “

Dugan describes a commuter coming from the airport or from Ogden to downtown: “You take a train from the airport, enter a beautiful station, you walk to your meeting, walk to dinner, come back to the station. and return to your hotel or take a train home.

This new graphic shows the rail extensions and minor realignments needed around the depot – as well as how moving Central Station a block and a half east, to the existing historic Rio Grande depot, makes the key downtown destinations within walking distance. Image courtesy of Cameron Blakely.

In small group conversations, each member of city council discussed the idea, he told us. There are concerns about the high price tag, $ 300-500 million, worried Dugan says he understands. But he argues that if you add up all the transportation investments that city and state will make in and around downtown, they will cost as much and fall short of what the Rio Grande plan can.

“We have to go in with our eyes wide open. But if we don’t and do a bunch of projects separately – like adding or changing TRAX lines, expanding FrontRunner, tracks and crossings for Inner Harbor rail traffic – if you do those expensive projects. separately, we will not have the impact that the Rio Grande project will have, ”said Dugan.

Reno and Denver both made big investments by recreating their rail network around a downtown central station. Images courtesy of Plan Rio Grande.

We also asked the mayor and the director of the GDR for comments.

Mayor Erin Mendenhall told us that “I look forward to the opportunity to review this plan, but please be aware that if UTA and Union Pacific are interested in further exploring the concept of the project, our RDA is ready to work with the rest. of the city to coordinate on the feasibility of this avant-garde effort ”

For his part, RDA Director Danny Walz said: “Yes, we are aware of the Rio Grande plan and are excited about the concept. It is the role of the RDA to implement the policies and master plans of the City as well as the priorities of partners such as UTA ​​and Union Pacific… Ultimately, the implementation of this project would require that the plans and City policies be updated and a new tax increase zone established. These efforts would be coordinated by the city administration and approved by the city council and would involve engagement with the public and other stakeholders.

Next steps

The plan’s authors told us that while enthusiasm was widespread among important local players, a refrain of “moving up the food chain” was also repeated. “A state-level champion could do that,” Lenhart and Blakely said, “not any of us.”

It is unlikely that one of the many improvements that the Plan seeks to bring about, in terms of air quality, equity, transport efficiency and quality, RR level crossing safety, urban planning, pedestrian accessibility, real estate development … behind the Rio Grande Plan so that it is adopted as a policy, financed and implemented.

But what if this last interest – real estate development – and the city’s willingness to put pressure on many others – were to win out? The other key players – the state and UP – could simply get on this train.


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President Biden makes the world a more dangerous place

Last week, President BidenJoe BidenHaitian Prime Minister warns inequality will drive further Pelosi migration: House to pass 3 major spending laws this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE delivered his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly. He continues to assert that “America is back” and that the United States intends to “lead all the greatest challenges of our time.” President Biden was right. But, unfortunately, the current reality looks very different.

In 1776, the birth of our nation was the result of American victory. Since then, from defeating the Axis of Evil to innovating COVID-19 vaccines, America has consistently ruled the world through its darkest times. President Biden not only fails to do this, but also makes the world more dangerous.

The Taliban and ISIS-K are needlessly emboldened, enriched and energized. Right now, they are arresting, torturing and killing Afghans who have fought alongside American troops for years. The Biden administration responded by calling these terrorists a “strategic partner.”

Unfortunately, the consequences of this continued humiliation do not stop at the borders of Afghanistan. The world watches as we leave Americans behind enemy lines, despite the greatest military force in world history. And our adversaries will benefit from President Biden’s undeniable weakness.

In the immediate wake of the catastrophic withdrawal, China has started assault drills near Taiwan. Everything indicates that China will only accelerate its efforts to reclaim the country. Unless President Biden made a fundamental change in his constitution, we can’t assume he would do anything to defend them.

Russia stepped up its cyber attacks against America as President Biden took office, presumably to test his resolve. And how did President Biden respond? He paved the way for a Russian pipeline which will stimulate our rival’s economy and increase its ability to manipulate our partners in Western Europe. This is the type of decision making that hinders our own interests, both abroad and here at home.

Despite his generosity to Russia, President Biden began his tenure by going to war with American energy. When President Biden took office, for the first time in 35 years, America was energy independent. We did not import a single barrel of oil from Saudi Arabia in 2020. President Biden is changing that. He sabotaged the Keystone pipeline, terminated domestic oil and gas leases, lifted restrictions on Iranian oil sales, and more. Then when the price of energy started to rise, which would be inevitable, he even went to our foreign competitors and asked them to increase their production to help cover up mistakes. These decisions destroyed American jobs and strengthened our enemies.

Meanwhile, Americans have watched helplessly as our already sky-high spending escalates to even more absurd levels. In the past 18 months, Democrats have approved or proposed $ 16-18 trillion in expenses. And what does President Biden finance with your tax money? Ever-growing government, subsidies for politically-favored industries, programs that keep people out of work, and rights programs.

In essence, President Biden is committed to ensuring that government is in your life from cradle to grave, no matter what taxes and spending it entails.

As might be expected, this resulted in levels of inflation that we haven’t seen in decades. The costs of housing, fuel, food, and just about every other essential in your life are all on the rise. This is actually an additional tax for each American.

The only place President Biden was sure to be successful was in the pandemic response, at least you would think so. He inherited a ready-to-go vaccination program and an economy ready to take off. Yet he lost the trust of the American people with arbitrary, baseless and inconsistent advice.

Shortly before taking office, President Biden made the vaccination declaration that he did not “require it to be mandatory. “Now he blames his fellow Americans and political opponents for the wave of COVID-19 this summer, and orders them to get vaccinated or risk losing their jobs. President Biden has come a long way since his promises to unify the country and defeat COVID-19.

And where does all this take us? Unfortunately, in a more dangerous world, both at home and abroad.

Among America’s most important allies, there is no longer any confidence that President Biden can be considered a serious partner. Among America’s most competitive rivals, there is no longer any belief that President Biden can protect our interests. And among the American people, there is no longer any faith that President Biden can stand up for our most basic ideals.

Stewart represents Utah’s 2nd District.

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A march for climate change + a souvenir for homicide victims


Have a nice day, neighbors! Sean Peek here with a brand new edition of the Salt Lake City Daily.

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First of all, the weather forecast for the day:

Clear all day. High: 84 Low: 62.

Here are the best stories today in Salt Lake City:

  1. Utah children, adolescents and young adults marched Utah Capitol Friday as part of a global climate strike calling for action on climate change. The local march was led by Fridays for the Future of Utah, which is part of a global movement initiated in 2018 by Greta Thunberg. A press release from Utah The organization said the protesters called on government leaders to “intervene now to stop behavior that harms the systems that support human life.” (Salt Lake Tribune)
  2. saturday was National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims. Groups of loved ones and advocates gathered at the Utah Capitol measures Saturday to honor those who lost their lives in a homicide. More than 100 people were murdered in Utah last year, which is a record in the state. (
  3. University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe died Sunday after being shot at a house party. (
  4. Salt Lake City Police say a 50-year-old woman is in critical condition after being struck in an auto-pedestrian accident on Saturday morning. (ABC 4)
  5. Salt Lake City Fire Department answered the call for a fire that broke out around 6 a.m. on Saturday morning in an old vacant steakhouse slated for demolition. (

Today in Salt Lake City:

  • Community Reinvestment Agency Meeting – Town of Mill Creek (7:00 p.m.)

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About me: Sean Peek is a writer and entrepreneur who graduated in English Literature from Weber State University. Over the years, he has worked as a copywriter, editor, SEO specialist and marketing manager for various digital media companies. He is currently the co-owner and operator of the content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.


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Utah football player Aaron Lowe, “a rock of resilience and courage”, shot dead at SLC party


Police made no arrests in the shooting, which also injured a woman.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes cornerback Aaron Lowe waves a Ty Jordan commemorative flag before the Utes play soccer against the Brigham Young Cougars on Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Provo. Lowe was shot and killed at a party in Salt Lake City on Sunday, September 26, 2021.

University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe was shot and killed early Sunday morning at a house party at Sugar House, the Salt Lake City Police Department confirmed.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said Lowe, of Mesquite, Texas, died at the scene after being shot by one or more unknown people. Paramedics transported a second person who had been shot, an adult female, to a local hospital in critical condition. The police did not disclose his name or age.

Lowe’s death is the subject of a homicide investigation.

“I am deeply saddened by the shooting death of Aaron Lowe,” Brown said in A declaration. “This talented young man touched the lives of so many here in Salt Lake City and Texas. The Salt Lake City Police Department mourns and offers condolences to the Lowe family and the University of Utah community. Our condolences also extend to the other person injured in this shooting. I hope for their speedy recovery. These investigations are complex. Our detectives have worked hard to try to identify the suspect (s) in this case. “

Before the SLCPD released Lowe’s name as a victim, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox confirmed in a tweet earlier Sunday morning that Lowe had passed and expressed his condolences to the football player’s family.

The SLCPD received a noise complaint at around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday about a house party in the 2200 block of South Broadmoor Street, near the mouth of Parleys Canyon. Hours later, someone called 911 to report a fight involving a weapon, and a second caller said they heard gunshots.

Lowe was the guest of a house party, police spokesman Brent Weisberg said.

“The people who organized the party wanted it to be a relatively small party. The people who showed up were not guests. They were asked to leave and that’s when this fight took place, ”Weisberg said at a morning press conference.

Officers did not come to the house after receiving noise complaints Friday night due to other higher priority calls, Weisberg said. After receiving reports of a fight involving a weapon, police went to the neighborhood and were making a “tactical approach” to the house when they were told that shots had been fired, Weisberg said.

“The reasons the officers formed their tactical approach were for the safety of the officers and everyone on the scene,” Weisberg said. “They were going into an unknown situation. They knew there was a fight and a gun involved. … They approached together. They wanted to make sure they had enough resources to deal with any potential threat that was on the scene and to immediately deal with the victims. “

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City Police spokesman Brent Weisberg speaks about the shooting death of University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe during a press conference in Salt Lake City on Sunday, September 26, 2021.

The police spokesperson could not say how far away the police were when the shots were fired.

Officers who answered the call found Lowe and the second person who had been shot, and provided first aid to both.

Police said several people who were at the party may have witnessed the shooting but left before police arrived. They are hoping that some of these people have photos or videos that could help resolve the matter.

No arrests were made. The SLCPD asks anyone with information about the case to call 801-799-3000 and reference case number 21-176828.

“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Aaron Lowe,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Aaron’s family and friends, as well as the other person who was injured in this tragic incident. Aaron was a great teammate, friend, brother and son and was loved by everyone who crossed paths with him. He will be sorely missed. “

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes cornerback Aaron Lowe (22) with teammates as the University of Utah hosts Washington State Football, NCAA in Salt Lake City on Saturday 25 September 2021.

Utes sporting director Mark Harlan added: “We are devastated by the loss of Aaron Lowe earlier this morning. Aaron was a wonderful young man, a leader of our football team and a rock of resilience and courage. Our prayers are with Aaron’s family, friends, teammates, and all who knew and loved him. We also express our deepest concern for the other person who was hospitalized as a result of this tragic incident. We communicate with and support Aaron’s family, as well as student-athletes, coaches and staff in all of our athletic programs, and we will stay focused on them.

Lowe, a high school teammate of the late Ty Jordan at West Mesquite High School in Texas, was named the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship on August 31. Lowe has gone from No.2 to No.22 this season in an effort. honor the heritage of Jordan.

“Ty made everyone around him better,” Lowe said after receiving the scholarship. “He made me better. My friendship with Ty means a lot because he always pushed me to give the best of myself. He never let me settle for less. I want to make sure his legacy lives on through me.

Jordan died on Christmas night from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.

– This story will be updated.


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Real estate transfers | News from Mount Airy


After years spent in craft circles – from a decade touring with a famous roots band to making beautiful furniture for the Hanes family at Roaring Gap – Joe Thrift moved to Elkin to teach the craft. luthier, which he studied in England in the mid-1970s.

Her students are typically violinists drawn to the process of making their own violins out of a desire for meaning and connection.

Student Cailen Campbell’s goal is to someday make a violin from a tree he himself cut. Thrift said violins are often made of maple for the bottom of the instrument and spruce for the top. The violin neck is often maple and the fingerboard is ebony.

“I know people who are experimenting with other woods,” like red spruce, Campbell said. “I just connected to the process. I would love to have an instrument that I knew as a tree – that would be really rewarding for me.

Campbell, who also hopes to someday make a violin for his young son, comes from Weaverville, near Asheville, for a weekly double-class session, which is nine hours of lessons in one day.

Most of Thrift’s students come from beyond the Elkin area, commuting for the day to attend class or, in Kelly Sivy’s case, uprooting and moving to Elkin to devote years to studying with Thrift. She brings her blind sheepdog, Dill, to class with her. When a classmate recently sang Irish tunes on Sivy’s first violin, Dill sang with soft howls.

Sivy, from Fairbanks, Alaska, wanted to study with a master luthier, but most programs offering this experience involved an expensive four-year college degree. Sivy is already a highly educated wildlife ecologist and was looking for a more affordable educational path. Until recently, Thrift taught his classes at Surry Community College, and Sivy was drawn to the reasonable rates to take continuing education classes with him.

Surry and Thrift have gone their separate ways during the pandemic, with Thrift seeking to adjust his student-teacher ratio in a way that meets his desire for social distancing amid the risks of COVID-19, perhaps one-on-one or to several students at the same time.

At the height of the pandemic in 2020, he taught students from his home and now has a studio in the former Chatham Mill complex which is now the Foothills Arts Center. Last August, he kicked off his first full semester of classes, teaching 27 students over five days a week, sometimes late into the evening.

Among her classes is a special intensive instructional session with a student who is also a craftsman at Old Salem in Winston-Salem, and Sivy, thanks to a grant from the NC Arts Council.

His studio at the arts center, which is a collection of around five small pieces, houses a range of tools, from fine scrapers used to delicately carve wood by hand, to power tools as large as a human as the one sees in any fine woodworking. store.

Thrift grew up in Winston-Salem, where he graduated from Reynolds High School.

“My father was a pipe organ builder and my mother was an organist at the Moravian church, where my father was also choir director,” he said. “I have never been in the choir.

Thrift heard his two older brothers complain every week about choir practice, and so he opted for the instruments instead, taking the piano and clarinet.

“I grew up in a family of musicians,” he says. “I played in the Moravian Easter band every year and stuff.”

After high school, during the Vietnam War, Thrift joined the Naval Reserve, hoping to avoid deploying for the war itself.

“I decided to join the Naval Reserve, which was a huge mistake on my part,” he recalls. “I hated it. When I got off the bus at training camp and the guy started cursing and yelling at me, I realized I had made a mistake.

He worked mainly in Florida, “teaching people how to pack parachutes and handle survival gear, and I was in Guantanamo Bay for several weeks,” Thrift said.

After completing his service, Thrift traveled to Europe with friends on a shoestring budget of $ 1,000 for a month, which included his share of buying a car with his friends. They have driven 11,000 miles in that month.

Back in the United States, Thrift apprenticed at a guitar factory in Piney Creek, making everything from mandolins and banjos to dulcimers. He was part of a group that traveled playing the instruments they made at the factory, and he just learned to play them on the fly.

“Once I started playing the violin, I started wanting to know more about it,” Thrift said.

He researched famous instrument makers and players of the past.

“I was looking for someone to hire me as an apprentice, and no one had an order for it,” Thrift said of the low demand every luthier had for people wishing to buy handmade instruments.

Yet he strove to meet influential players and luthiers in the violin and violin circles, and learned through them from a school in England which taught a classical form of violin making. He wrote a letter to the school.

“I got an interview for August, and I flew to England and did the interview,” Thrift said. “I was accepted and started the following month. It was a three-year program.

“We were the fourth class they ever had and our class became the really famous class because of the people who were in that class,” he said, dropping the names of classmates who have become certain. of the greatest violin craftsmen in the world.

Thrift returned to Winston-Salem and ran a violin shop for a while. It quickly turned into repairing and selling strings, and less into making instruments. He eventually closed his shop and got a job as a gardener in Roaring Gap.

Martha Hanes Womble, who he gardened for, found out he made violins and asked him if he could make furniture too.

“Well I never did but told him I could,” Thrift said.

She would bring him an old piece of furniture, he would make two copies and she would sell them in his store. He made the parts in a makeshift store under a tarp, outside a 7ft by 14ft trailer he lived in that was on a property his girlfriend owned in Mountain Park. He used electricity from a temporary utility pole to power his tools. His girlfriend, whom he later married, is local artist Tory Casey. They have been together for 38 years now.

One day, Thrift visited a music store and was buying a synthesizer keyboard. He just played the instrument and “hadn’t played a keyboard since fifth grade.” Members of the up-and-coming group Donna The Buffalo were in the store at the time and they exchanged contact details. Soon after, they invited him to meet in Philadelphia, so he went.

“I go up there and it’s like an audition. I just made things up, ”Thrift said.

He got the job and went on tour.

“I had never played electric music at all,” he admitted.

He spent nine years with the group, but became exhausted after touring and returned to the Yadkin Valley.

It had been 25 years since he had worked seriously on violins, other than the occasional repair or maintenance of his own instruments or those belonging to friends.

“The good thing is that I forgot a lot of things I learned in school,” Thrift said. “I totally changed my way of making violins. The whole method is different now.

He has mixed his classical training with learnings from the accomplishments of his famous classmates, but is primarily guided by his own freewheeling artistic style. And now the thousands of miles he has driven and the songs he has played influence the lessons he teaches. It’s a different kind of show. A different scene.

His classes this semester are full.


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What if you wait to buy a house? Interest rates could change drastically

All aspiring homeowners in Utah are asking the same question: When will house prices drop?

Unfortunately, no one can predict exactly when this will happen or if it will happen. In the meantime, there may be one more important question home buyers should ask themselves: What if you wait to buy a home?

While it is tempting to wait for prices to cool down, there is another risk associated with postponing a buying decision. Bankrate reports that today’s interest rates remain low, but that “[m]all mortgage experts expect rates to climb above 3.5% by the end of 2021. ”

So what if interest rates rise while house prices fall? How do these numbers compare?

While a loan officer can help you answer this question based on your particular situation, here is a general overview of how interest rates can affect home prices. (You might be surprised by the results.)

An overview of the impact of different interest rates on homebuyers

To show you how even a slight increase in interest rates can affect the price of your home over time, consider the following hypothetical examples.

Suppose you qualify for a $ 400,000 home purchase with 5% down payment and your loan amount is $ 380,000. 10 years of 3% interest costs you $ 54,814.51.

Now watch what happens when you increase the interest rate from 1% to 4%. If you were eligible for a payment of around $ 1,600, you could now only spend $ 353,000 with a loan amount of $ 335,350 and pay $ 65,037.52 in interest over 10 years.

And if the interest rate goes up an additional 5%, a cheaper home is even more expensive. You could now only afford to buy a house for $ 314,000 with a mortgage of $ 298,300. Again, the payment would be the same and the loan would cost $ 72,846.60 in interest over 10 years.

It is simply by increasing the interest rate by 2% between the $ 400,000 house and the $ 314,000 house. The interest is considerably higher on the much lower loan amount and the payments are roughly the same. You can see how easily things can add up over the life of your loan, even if you originally bought a cheaper home.

Essentially, a 1% rise in interest rates is equivalent to a more than 10% drop in house prices. Over the past 20 years, even during the recession, prices have not fallen 10% in a calendar year in Salt Lake County. Ultimately, it can cost you more if interest rates rise than what you could potentially save while waiting for prices to drop.

What if you wait to buy a house?  Interest rates could change drastically
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Why interest rates could rise in 2022

While no one can pinpoint when and if interest rates will rise over the next few months, there are several factors that could cause interest rates to rise in 2022.

Currently, the hottest topic impacting mortgage rates is pending inflation. There are many opinions about how quickly mortgage rates will be adjusted to fight inflation, but most people agree that inflation is a fast approaching challenge.

Another thing that has an impact on mortgage rates is the Federal Reserve. To keep the housing market stable and stimulate the economy, the Federal Reserve will often buy mortgage bonds. If they choose to cut back on these purchases, interest rates will likely rise.

According to Investopedia, “The Federal Reserve aims to maintain economic stability and has an impact on bank lending rates. When the Fed wants to stimulate the economy, it usually becomes cheaper to take out a mortgage. And when the Fed wants to crack down on the economy, it acts to drain money from the system, which means borrowers will likely pay a higher interest rate on mortgages. “

The strength of the economy also plays a role in mortgage interest rates. When GDP and employment increase, it is a sign of a growing economy, which means more people with purchasing power. This creates greater demand for real estate. Since lenders have a limited amount of money to lend, they increase the rate so that they can lend more mortgages to more borrowers in the future.

The housing market has a similar impact on mortgage rates as the growing demand for real estate means growing demand for mortgages.

There are many other things that affect interest rates, but these are the things that are currently in the spotlight and why many believe rates will go up.

Benefit from lower interest rates

While no one knows exactly what the future holds, taking advantage of today’s lower rates seems like a good option for homebuyers who may be on the fence. Since Bankrate lists Utah’s housing market as the hottest in the country, it could be some time before prices start to fall. Locking in a good interest rate can be your best chance to save thousands or tens of thousands of dollars when buying your home.

To help you determine the best options for your situation, the Stern team is here to guide you through every step of the home buying process. For more information, call 801-788-4049 or visit today. If you have questions about financing, contact Mandi Henriod with Intercap Lending at 801-638-1005.

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Portland Timbers 6, Real Salt Lake 1: Video Highlights, Live Update Recap


UPDATE: The Timbers beat Real Salt Lake 6-1.

The Portland Timbers are looking to stay solidly positioned in the MLS playoff photo when they host a Real Salt Lake team keen to stay on the hunt for a playoff berth as well. This match starts on Saturday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. PT / 10:30 p.m. ET in Providence Park with a live broadcast on FOX 12 Plus.

• If you’re outside of the Portland and Salt Lake City markets, you can watch the game on MLS LIVE on ESPN + for under $ 7.


88th minute: Cristhian Paredes adds what should be the icing on the cake of the Timbers’ most impressive win of the season. Timbers leads 6-1 over Real Salt Lake.

85th minute: The rout is open. Jaroslaw Niezgoda adds another score for the Timbers on a broken streak inside the box. 5-1 Timbers lead over Real Salt Lake.

68th minute: Yimmi Chara finds his brother Diego Chara with an assist and Diego pushes her back with a hard blow to the ground from a distance to give the Timbers the advantage 4-1.

48th minute: Right after the half-time break, Yimmi Chara gives the Timbers some breathing space with a beautifully placed shot that floated to the top corner of the far post where the keeper can’t even put his finger on it and the Timbers lead now 3-1 on the real salt lake.

41st minute: Damir Kreilach withdraws a goal for Real Salt Lake with a perfectly placed header. RSL is not out of this game yet, far from it. Timbers still leads 2-1.

36th minute: Dario Zuparic sends a long ball into the box from midfield and Dairon Asprilla perfectly times the ball with a shiny header that lands softly on the pitch and bounces past the keeper to double the Timbers’ lead to 2-0. Brilliant goal.

27th minute: Goal! Felipe Mora continues his tear at the red light, this time ending a beautifully executed counterattack with a last second shot scored by the RSL keeper. Timbers leads Real Salt Lake 1-0 early.


CHANCES: Wood (+100) | Mintage (+290) | RSL (+245)


What: Portland Timbers FC host Real Salt Lake in an MLS regular season game.

When: 7:30 p.m. PT / 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 25.

Or: Providence Park | Portland, Oregon

TV channel: FOX 12 Plus. For Comcast subscribers, FOX 12 Plus can be found on channel 13 or 713, Escape on 316. More details on where to find FOX 12 Plus.

If you have an HDTV antenna, you can watch this match locally on channel 49.1. If you need to get one, this Gesobyte brand HDTV antenna is currently the best-selling HDTV antenna product on Amazon. This costs less than $ 30 and ships quickly with Prime. If you already have a Prime account, you should be able to get it and watch Timbers games, network TV, and local news as soon as it arrives.

Watch the game live online: Unfortunately, FOX 12 Plus is not a channel currently available on streaming services. This game is available for streaming on MLS LIVE on ESPN + for under $ 7 only for fans who live outside of the Portland and Salt Lake City coverage areas. If you live outside of these areas, you can watch a live broadcast of the game on ESPN + (It’s just $ 6.99 / month or $ 69.99 / yearly subscription, and you can cancel anytime.)

ESPN + is not available on traditional cable TV packages, but is available to stream live on the ESPN app accessible on a phone, computer, smart TV, or TV equipped with a Roku, an Apple TV or any other type of streaming device. Here’s a more detailed look at how you can watch ESPN + live on your TV.)

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Nevada-Utah Line Trail Building School Would Be US First | New

ELY, Nevada (AP) – The Great Basin Institute of Nevada has received a federal grant to begin planning for the creation of what the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says is the first professional trail building school recreational areas of the country.

The department announced the $ 160,000 grant from the US Economic Development Administration on Thursday. It will be used to finance feasibility studies, economic analyzes and other preliminary work to support the creation of a trail building school in Ely, near the Grand Bassin National Park.

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat from Nevada, said she was working with the Nevada Outdoor Recreation Division, businesses and tourism officials in White Pine County to ensure these grants go to states like Nevada, where the tourism and travel industries have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This grant to the Great Basin Institute will help students gain hands-on experience preparing for careers in Nevada’s world-class outdoor recreation industry,” she said.

Kyle Horvath, director of tourism and recreation for White Pine County, said Nevada is well positioned to take advantage of the new workforce to build trails on public lands.

“Ely and its beautiful mountain scenery are centrally located in Mountain West, where trail-based outdoor recreation is booming,” he said.

The University of Nevada founded the Great Basin Institute in 1998 to advance applied research and ecological literacy through partnerships with communities and agencies to support national parks, forests, open spaces and public lands.

“This initial feasibility study will generate key data and analysis on recreational trails, as well as a better understanding of how local economies benefit from outdoor recreation infrastructure,” said Jerry Keir, executive director of the ‘institute.

The grant will fund an analysis of new trails and examine how to maximize the use of federal funds invested in outdoor recreation and trails nationwide, Keir said. It will also be used to explore possibilities to advance workforce development for the tribes.

Colin Robertson, administrator of the Nevada Outdoor Recreation Division, said outdoor recreation contributes $ 5.5 billion to Nevada’s economy each year, supporting more than 59,000 jobs.

“Outdoor recreation and trail use have exploded in recent years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical importance for all communities of having the opportunity to escape outdoors. for our physical and mental health, ”said Robertson.

“As the demand for outdoor recreation continues to grow, the need for skilled workers who can plan, design, build and expand trails is more pressing than ever,” he said.

A request for proposals to conduct the planning study will be issued by the Grand Bassin Institute in early October.

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Residents of southern Utah share their thoughts with the two redistribution groups


Over the past two weekends, residents of southern Utah were able to share their thoughts on the decade-long redistribution process.

They did so in public hearings held by the two state-funded Utah redistribution groups. One is the traditional Legislative Redistribution Committee, a group of 20 state lawmakers – 15 Republicans and five Democrats – this is the group that has made final redistribution recommendations to the state legislature in the past and will make final recommendations to the legislature for this redistribution to deal with.

The other group, the Independent Redistribution Commission, is a seven-member group of commissioners, three of whom were chosen by the Democrats and one by three by the Republicans, with President Rex Facer chosen by the governor. This group is in its first year after being created in 2018 thanks to a proposed vote supported by voters.

These two groups are working on “parallel tracks” and will each produce a set of maps according to State Senator Scott Sandall, Republican and co-chair of the legislative committee. The Independent Commission works as an advisory group to the Legislative Committee and the two groups are not in competition, according to former congressman Rob Bishop who is commissioner of the Independent Commission.

The Independent Commission stopped in Washington on September 17 and the Legislative Committee was in St. George on Saturday. Both meetings allowed the groups to explain the parameters of the process and hear how to divide urban and rural Utah.

There have been statewide hearings for the redistribution, many of which are available to stream online, on September 24, 2021.

At the start of the Legislative Committee hearing, Senator Don Ipson read a letter from the Mayor of St. George Michele Randall, in which the mayor advocated keeping St. George in the 2nd Congressional District, represented by Representative Chris Stewart.

Randall cited Stewart’s knowledge of the area and the needs of the district.

The two residents of southern Utah, Senator Don Ipson and Representative Brad Last, sit on the legislative committee on September 24, 2021.

Several other political leaders in southern Utah also made public comments, including state officials (right) Travis Seegmiller, (right) Walt Brooks and newly elected Washington County commissioner (right) Adam Snow. The mayor of Enterprise also spoke and their comments focused on how southwest Utah has different issues than the rest of the state and needs unique representation.

All spoke about the growth of the state and how rural areas can be lost in the reshuffle, advocating for rural communities to be demarcated so that their voices are heard in Congress and the State House. .

“We want to make sure that the rural component is heard and that the representation is there often, we are swept under the carpet,” said Enterprise Mayor Brandon Humphries. “If we don’t have enough political votes, we kind of get lost in the paperwork.”

Seegmiller, who represents the 62nd district which covers Washington City and other areas, said creating districts along current municipal / county lines is a good way to draw these maps.

“It helps people in this community come together and feel like they have someone representing them,” Seegmiller said.

Representative Travis Seegmiller speaking on the issue of equitable representation of rural communities, September 24, 2021.

The Legislative Committee and Independent Commission groups will create samples of the four new district maps needed, one for the 75 State House of Representatives districts, 29 State Senate districts, 15 council districts state school and four districts for congressional districts. .

The redistribution process is guided by the “one person, one voice” ideology, where each district should have a relatively similar population size. In Utah, there are higher standards for congressional districts because they should be as close to the same size as possible, allowing only a 0.1% gap between population sizes. For Utah, each of the four congressional districts should have about 817,000 to 818,000 people, and the ideal size is 817,904.

For other district maps, the difference is larger at 5%. This means that a senate district can have 107,000 to 118,000 inhabitants, a house district can have 41,000 to 45,000, and a school board district can have 207,000 to 229,000 inhabitants.

State Senator (right) Scott Sandall, co-chair of the legislative committee, said the public was most interested in talking about congressional districts. And that there have been two philosophies of how to divide Utah into four congressional districts.

“A set of philosophy that says ‘75% of the people live on the Wasatch front, so they should have three congressional districts,’” Sandall said. “That other mindset that says’ just a minute of listening, we’re better off if we have a built-in system. [with both rural and urban Utah] seat of Congress because then we have four votes.

Legislative Committee Co-Chairs, Reps Paul Ray and Scott Sandall, meet with the public in a redistribution hearing on September 24, 2021.

Others involved in state politics, such as Democratic State Senator Derek Kitchen, have advocated that urban and rural Utah should have different representation because these areas have different interests. He says that when communities of interest are not kept together, their voices are diluted in the legislative process.

“Our focus shouldn’t be on one party over another, our focus should be on the people who live in those communities, it’s not about dividing rural Utah,” Kitchen said. “If you have better boundaries, you have better… representation. “

The current set of Congressional Districts of Utah divides Utah’s most populous county, Salt Lake County, with a population of over one million, into three districts. With the 2nd Congressional District comprising parts of northern Salt Lake County and all of Washington County.

Sandall says the legislative committee is always looking to marry these two philosophies, and the committee is focused on creating maps with more districts such as the District 75 House of Representatives map because it takes longer. The committee will focus on congressional maps at the end of the redistribution period towards the end of October, Sandall said.

Snow addressed this in his public comment on behalf of the County Commission, said they would prefer congressional districts to share urban and rural populations, and advocated for Stewart, Snow’s former boss.

“If we can put a stop to Washington County… we strongly want Congressman Stewart because they already understand the issues,” Snow said.

Washington County Commissioner Adam Snow said the state should combine urban and rural Utah in congressional districts so that the state can have a combined voice in Washington DC

Local resident Jeffrey Allen said the redistribution should be non-partisan and didn’t like local political leaders like Snow and Randall supporting sitting Congressman Stewart, saying it was “wrong” to do so. to do. Allen also pleaded for the Independent Commission cards to be taken seriously.

Both groups told residents that the districts created by redrawing the voting district maps should have a predetermined ideal population size, compact, contiguous, and hold the community of interest together. The groups wanted residents’ input on how to keep the communities of interest together.

This was discussed at length during the less-attended Independent Commission hearing in Washington City on Friday. In Sahearing, the commissioners shared that they have a mandate to keep communities of interest together, but that there is no standard definition of what a community of interest is.

The Chairman of the Independent Commission, Rex Facer, said that community of interest is a “term of art”, but that a number of factors such as economic, social, religious, linguistic, local, ethnic, industrial and environmental can bind a community. .

“It all seems very arbitrary, which is why you have to tell us what you want,” said Llye Hillard, commissioner of the Independent Commission.

Both groups always seek feedback from the public and encourage people to try and create maps on each group’s website. But time is limited for public input, as the Independent Commission is due to make final recommendations by November 1, and the state legislature will begin discussions on new district maps by November 9.

Sean Hemmersmeier covers local government, growth and development in Southwest Utah. Follow on twitter @ seanhemmers34. Our work depends on the subscribers, so if you want more coverage on these issues, you can subscribe here at


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COVID-19: More than 3.9 million vaccines have been distributed in Utah. This is the number that the state has actually distributed



It has now been 40 weeks since the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine were sent to states, launching the largest vaccination campaign in human history. As of September 23, 469,561,625 doses of the vaccine had been shipped across the country, equivalent to 143.1% of the US population.

While the initial vaccine distribution took longer than federal projections indicated, in recent months the United States has made great strides in the global race to deliver the vaccines – and some states are doing so. come out much better than others. In the current system, led by the White House COVID-19 response team, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sends states limited vaccine shipments along with funding and directs them to distribute the vaccine in accordance with relatively flexible federal guidelines.

Each state has developed its own deployment plan, prioritizing different age groups and classes of essential workers. The mix of policies and logistical challenges across the country has led to large variations between states in both the percentage of vaccines that have been administered and the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated.

In Utah, 85.7% of allocated vaccines had been administered to residents as of Sept. 23, higher than the national average of 82.6% and the ninth highest share of all states.

Doses administered amount to 105.8% of the state’s population, lower than the national figure of 118.2% and the 20th smallest share of all states.

While a majority of Americans are not vaccinated due to a lack of supplies, some have no intention of receiving a vaccine at all. According to a US Census Bureau survey, 59.2% of American adults aged 18 and older who have not yet received the vaccine likely or certainly will not receive a COVID-19 vaccine in the future. In Utah, 53.7% of adults who have not yet received the vaccine say they likely or certainly will not receive a vaccine in the future, the fifth smallest share of all states. The most common reason for not wanting a vaccine is fear of possible side effects. Other commonly cited reasons include that they were planning to wait and see if it’s safe, not to trust the COVID-19 vaccines and not to trust the government.

To determine how states are doing with the vaccine rollout, 24/7 Wall St. looked at data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States were ranked based on 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 September 23. Data on confirmed COVID-19 cases as of September 23 came from various states and local health departments and were population-adjusted using data from the 2019 American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau. Data on the percentage of adults who are unlikely or certainly will not receive a COVID-19 vaccine and their reasons for not receiving one comes from the Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey, conducted on August 18, 2021. until August 30, 2021.


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Utah Jazz goalie Jordan Clarkson unrecognized by Salt Lake City reporter


Friday, the Utah Jazz and Vivint Arena announced that all home games will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of an event to access the arena.

So naturally, local journalists were on the streets to hear what the community thought about the recent announcement.

A member of the Jazz organization, who has also just had a best year in his career, was in the area and was ready to comment.

What KUTV reporter Hayley Crombleholme didn’t realize while conducting an interview was that she was talking to Jordan Clarkson in the Salt Lake City area.

At one point, the KUTV reporter asked, “Have you been to jazz games? [last year]? “

Clarkson responded with a hilarious and honest response.

“Yes, a lot,” he said.

Joe Ingles also liked Clarkson’s simple yet effective interview.

They were both good about the situation and later acknowledged it on Twitter. Although Crombleholme has said she will interview Clarkson again, she also admitted that the sports department is unlikely to ask for his help.


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WATCH: Jazz keeper Jordan Clarkson unrecognized by Salt Lake City reporter in team TV interview


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Jordan Clarkson has a total of 1.95 million followers on Instagram and Twitter, played for the seventh most valuable team in sports with the the Los Angeles Lakers and won the sixth man of the year with the best NBA regular season team in the Utah Jazz last year. Still, the 29-year-old combo guard may go unnoticed in his hometown.

Hayley Crombleholme, a reporter for KUTV in Salt Lake City, has sought to interview people on the streets about the upcoming Jazz season. His subject: none other than Clarkson, who has spent the past two seasons propelling Utah’s second unit.

“So, have you been to any jazz games?” Crombleholme asked, to which Clarkson was impassive and then replied, “Yeah, a lot.”

Much of the Jazz’s success last season was the product of Clarkson’s microwave-ready attack. Clarkson posted a career-high 18.4 points per game and tied career highs in rebounds at 4.0 and steals at 0.9. He also shot 34.7 percent from three points on 8.8 attempts per game, the fifth-highest rate in the NBA.

To make matters even more embarrassing for Crombleholme, she asked Clarkson to spell his first and last name before the interview, but still did not recognize him.

Clarkson – who also spent time with the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers – lent his support to Crombleholme after the botched interview went viral, writing “haha Lets GO JAZZ! Can’t wait to get started !!!” in response to his first Tweet.

Clarkson’s teammate Joe Ingles had a few laughs at Clarskon’s expense.

Despite Jazz’s recent regular-season success – five straight playoff appearances with three trips to the Western Conference semifinals under coach Quin Snyder – the team did not make it to the NBA Finals. since the defeat of the Jazz led by John Stockton and Karl Malone. at the Chicago Bulls in 1997-98.

If Clarkson can help bring Utah back to the final and potentially give the team their very first NBA championship, the chances of him not being recognized in Salt Lake City should drop significantly.


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What is monoclonal antibody therapy?


(ABC4) – If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase monoclonal antibody therapy (yes, that’s a mouthful), those days are numbered.

This week, the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) announced the opening of a brand new infusion center at Intermountain Healthcare’s Murray Hospital, which will be able to treat up to 50 eligible people each day.

The new facility, which will exclusively provide treatment to high-risk patients, has been developed from a new one to combat an increase in COVID-19 cases that are straining Utah’s healthcare system, have officials explained at the introductory press conference Thursday.

“Hospital systems, at least along the Wasatch front, were hampering their ability to infuse, and they identified more people who would benefit from it than they could actually afford,” said UDOH deputy director. , Dr. Michelle Hofmann.

But what exactly is monoclonal antibody therapy, who is it for, and what effect can it have against COVID-19?

Here is an overview of some frequently asked questions that many may have about the treatment:

What is that?

Treatment with monoclonal antibodies is given by intravenous or IV infusion. The process takes about 2-3 hours, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Here’s the kicker though, to receive the treatment, which is an infusion of lab-created antibodies that can be used to fight COVID-19, you must already test positive for the virus.

There is a documented history of successful treatment, including when former President Donald Trump fell with COVID in October 2020. He received an antibody called Regeneron while receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Other antibody-based drugs that have been recommended for use in Utah include sotrovimab, bamlanivimab, and etesevimab.

However, many in the medical community, as well as political voices such as Utah Governor Spencer Cox, have said the treatment is not an alternative to the vaccine. It essentially helps a person who is sick with COVID recover faster and can reduce the possibility of long-term side effects.

Who can get it?

To determine who is eligible for monoclonal antibody treatment at this time, a set of criteria has been listed on the state’s coronavirus response website.

The qualifications that must be met are as follows:

  • The patient must be at least 16 years old
  • Have tested positive no more than 7 days after the onset of symptoms
  • No need for new or increased oxygen again
  • Should not be admitted to a hospital for COVID or complications related to COVID
  • Patients who meet the above conditions and who are pregnant are eligible for treatment.
  • Those who are not pregnant and unvaccinated should have a risk score greater than 4.5
  • Those who are not pregnant and vaccinated must have a risk score greater than 8 or be severely immunocompromised

The risk score can be calculated online and is based on a number of factors including gender, age, ethnicity, pre-existing conditions, and symptoms.

Young people aged 12 to 15 may be considered eligible but test positive no more than a week after symptom onset, and have either some kind of B-cell immunodeficiency or morbid obesity with a higher BMI. to 35.

What are the costs?

While the federal government distributes treatment for free at this time, some treatment centers may have costs that may or may not be covered by insurance.

More information on insurance coverage can be found here.

Where can I receive it?

In addition to the new facility at Intermountain Healthcare Hospital in Murray, there are many other locations across the state providing treatment.

Here is a list provided by the state’s webpage on the subject:

  • Ashley Regional Medical Center – 435-790-2807
  • Beaver Valley Hospital – 435-438-7284
  • Blue Mountain Hospital – 435-678-4640
  • Castleview Hospital – Price – 435-636-4840 / 435-650-4895
  • Central Valley Medical Center – 435-623-3108
  • Gunnison Valley Hospital – Gunnison – 435-528-2118
  • Intermountain Healthcare – Statewide
  • Kane County Hospital – Kanab – 435-644-4178
  • Moab Regional Hospital – 435-719-3500
  • Ogden Regional Medical Center – 801-479-2470
  • Uintah Basin Medical Center – Roosevelt – 435-247-4298
  • Utah University of Health – SLC – 801-213-2130
  • Davis Hospital and Medical Center – Layton – (Please contact your primary care physician to make an appointment)
  • Jordan Valley Medical Center – West Jordan – (Please contact your primary care physician to make an appointment)
  • Mountain Point Medical Center – Lehi – (Please contact your primary care physician to make an appointment)
  • Salt Lake Regional Medical Center – Salt Lake City – (Please contact your primary care physician to make an appointment)

To shorten it…

Basically, monoclonal antibody therapy is a treatment that could potentially help someone with COVID-19 feel better faster. If you think you may need treatment, it is important to contact the appropriate medical officials as soon as possible to stay within the window of onset of symptoms.

In addition, you must be considered high risk on a risk factor scale to receive treatment.

It is not seen as a replacement for getting vaccinated, which is still encouraged and in some cases required by many leaders. However, it can help a person who tests positive feel better, potentially avoiding the need for hospitalization.


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To help local economies, Utah is hiring rural and remote workers


September 21, 2021

Part of a series on Utah’s rural development programs.

Abigail Borrego has known all the hustle and bustle of big city life. But when it came time to raise a family, she wanted to return to a smaller area of ​​Utah, with no traffic, no pollution, and no smaller classrooms for her children. “I like being able to avoid traffic. I like the small population. Where we live we are close to the mountains and have access to national parks, entertainment and shopping,” said the Medicaid program specialist, 46. . “If I could stay out of the big cities, I would be happy for the rest of my life.

Borrego is among a growing number of Utah residents working for the state government, but outside the capital of Salt Lake City. This is part of an initiative to allow government employees to do their work remotely, allowing them to stay in smaller communities outside of the Wasatch Front, a metropolitan area of ​​Utah that spans along the Wasatch Range, containing major cities like Salt Lake City, West Valley Town, and Provo.

Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox released his One Utah Roadmap in January, a guide to the administration’s first 500 days in office. In the roadmap, which is divided into various categories, Cox named a goal of “streamlining and modernizing state government,” which the guide says can be achieved through several means, including restructuring and upgrading. reconsideration of how to run government in a remote working world.

“We’re finding that we have more stability in some of our rural areas, less turnover,” said Casey Cameron, executive director of the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “They’re not leaving for other jobs in the community. These are sometimes some of the best jobs in those communities and they really provide that economic stability so that these families can participate in those jobs.” Cameron’s agency launched an initiative around 2015 to create more jobs in rural Utah, and many are in fact remote jobs where employees work from their homes.

“We started looking for opportunities across the state to move more of our workforce to rural areas where unemployment rates were higher and where we had infrastructure or even just enough. a remote work opportunity where they could work from home, ”Cameron said. According to the agency, 70% of staff work on Front Wasatch and 30% in rural areas of the state. From 2015 to 2017, the agency hired 110 people with ties to a rural area, accounting for nearly 31% of all ministry hires during that period.

From 2017 to early 2019, the agency hired 109 people with ties to a rural area, which represented nearly 39% of all hires in the department during that time. The Department of Workforce Services launched the initiative in the eligibility services division, Cameron said. When the agency hires an eligible worker, for example, it would target specific rural areas with higher unemployment rates.

“We would post these jobs for these rural areas,” she added. This has become even more important during the pandemic, as rural areas recover more slowly, Cameron said. “We have specifically posted these jobs on the Wasatch front so that we can help some of these rural communities support hiring in rural Utah throughout the pandemic,” she said. For Borrego, who lives in Cedar City with her husband, five children and grandson, working remotely allows him to spend more time with his family.

“The best thing about being able to keep working in a small town is that I don’t have to fight the bad air. I don’t have to worry about a long commute,” a- she declared. Like Borrego, Gerald Gappmayer, deputy director of the eligibility services division for the Department of Workforce Services, is raising kids in a small town. The low traffic and the proximity to the mountains are also attractive. Gappmayer, who lives in the Four Corners area, said creating and maintaining jobs in rural areas allows children to grow up and have families in the places they want to live.

“I think one of the things we’ve learned over the last year is that just about any job can be held anywhere in the state,” said the 53-year-old player. “There are a lot of very talented and very capable people in rural Utah who don’t have all the opportunities on the Wasatch front.” Ocean Muterspaugh, who lives in Monticello, is a Specialist in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. The 44-year-old said working from home has significantly reduced her working time.

She had lunch at the office, so she spent about 10 hours at work. Now she can work eight hours a day, giving her more time with her family. “I have the impression that rural communities have more of a voice,” she said. “Not to say that they hadn’t done it before. But before Covid, I would never have been eligible for this position that I have because it was only open to more urban areas. there is talent and people lost in positions because they don’t. live in urban areas. ”

This article was supported in part by the Solutions Journalism Network.

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Obama presidential center inauguration slated for Tuesday – ABC4 Utah

FILE – In this May 3, 2017 file photo, former President Barack Obama points a finger as he arrives at a community event at the Presidential Center at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. Former President Barack Obama’s presidential center will take one step closer to its brick-and-mortar future when the ground is thrown next week after years of scrutiny, further delays and local opposition. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former President Barack Obama’s presidential center will take one more step towards its brick-and-mortar future next week when the ground is broken after years of reviews, further delays and opposition local continues.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, will join Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in Chicago on Tuesday for a dedication ceremony for the Obama Presidential Center.

“Michelle and I couldn’t be more excited to open the Obama Presidential Center in the community we love,” said the former president, sitting next to his wife, in a video ad shared for the premiere. times with The Associated Press.

The former president in 2016 chose a site in a historic lakeside park on the south side of Chicago to build his presidential library, near where he began his political career, met and married his wife and lived with their family. The former first lady grew up in the South Chicago neighborhood.

But the planning process ran into many problems due to a legal battle with advocates for the park’s preservation and protests from neighborhood activists who feared the planned $ 500 million center would displace black residents.

Chicago City Council has since approved the neighborhood protections, and a four-year federal review process that was necessary due to its location in Jackson Park – which is on the National Register of Historic Places – was recently completed.

Officials announced in February that construction would begin this year, starting with relocating utility lines followed by actual construction.

“This project reminded us why the south side and the people who live here are so special,” the former first lady said in the video, adding that the effort had reaffirmed for her and her husband that the future of the side south Chicago “is as bright as anywhere.”

Barack Obama described the center as a hub for youth programming and public gatherings that will revive the economy on the south side of the city, parts of which are impoverished, attracting attention, jobs and visitors. Foundation officials estimate that the center will help create around 5,000 jobs, both during and after construction.

The funds will be raised through private donations.

The complex will span 19 acres of the 540-acre Jackson Park and will include a museum, public library branch, sports center, children’s play area, and test kitchen. Obama’s presidential papers will be available in digital form.

The Obama Foundation will also donate up to $ 3.5 million for a public athletics facility in the area, city officials said.


Associated Press writer Sophia Tareen in Chicago contributed to this report.

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Signs of domestic violence


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – As the city of Moab investigates the actions of its agents handling the Gabby Petito case in the city, domestic violence advocates and the former police chief say officers have everything done correctly under Utah law.

These advocates say intimate partner violence can be difficult to consistently recognize.

Nina Angelo was at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on August 27. She told ABC4 about meeting Petito and Brian Laundrie.

“His demeanor, the way he acted, how persistent he was, he, he freaked me out,” Angelo said. “She was emotional. She cried. She looked a little embarrassed.

What Angelo is talking about is something that the executive director of Allies with Families, Jenn Oxborrow, noted while watching the couple on camera footage of the police body on August 12.

“It’s one of the first things I noticed in the body camera images, it was normalization and minimization. It’s very scary,” Oxborrow says. “It’s hard to react in a way. consistent with intimate partner violence and recognizing all the various risk factors, because it’s such a complicated situation. ”

Oxborrow says these aren’t such an obvious risk factors because of fear.

“I have worked with people who have committed domestic violence and it never happens out of the blue. There are a lot of risk factors, a lot of history of aggression intensifies. And life in a van can be stressful, ”she says.

According to Oxborrow, here are some of the signs of domestic violence:

  • Insulation
  • Handling
  • Stress
  • Lack of contact with family or friends

“I think trying to follow that identity, and the influencer, the perfect life and adventure that was cultivated there can really be isolating,” says Oxborrow. “Isolation is something an abusive partner really tries to use as a manipulative tactic. It can be very frustrating for an abusive partner that they cannot completely isolate you because you have the following.

Regarding couples’ stress, Oxborrow says, “The stress seemed to escalate for them and it feels like an adventure, it feels like a vacation, it’s supposed to be a downtime, but they were trying to solve a lot of problems and were in a lot of stressful situations.

What Petito went through is something that many families in Utah are experiencing now. Utah agents arrested more than a dozen people on Thursday for domestic violence.

“We see this at Allies, with around 60% of the families we work with,” adds Oxborrow.

Experts say the most important thing people need to remember is not to find themselves in the middle of a situation of domestic violence that will compromise your safety.

With the Petito case, advocates say calling the police was the important thing.

“The passers-by who called did a great job,” says Oxborrow. “It’s really important to let people know when you hear something or something is wrong. “


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Stop Stiffening, Start Tipping – The Daily Utah Chronicle

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A tip jar in Salt Lake City, Utah on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 (Photo by Brooklyn Critchley | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

The early stages of the pandemic called for advertisements, thank you notes and free meals for essential workers. The big companies seemed overflowing with gratitude. In hindsight, it was grotesquely dishonest.

Service workers have been left in the dust without a pay rise, and now some people are tip workers less than before the pandemic started. Our government needs to change labor laws to fairly compensate tipped workers, but until that happens, you can make a difference by tipping.

The Utahns’ meager tipping habits, combined with state operating regulations, make it difficult for tipped workers to earn a living wage. Until that changes, employees are counting on your generosity.

Common tipping practices shift the blame from employers to employees. Under the guise of tips, employees are responsible for their own income, but in reality there are protocols that prevent workers from being paid fairly.

“Tip pooling” is often implemented in Utah, where tips are distributed among multiple staff members. This means that people are less motivated by tips and leaving a tip based on service quality is not effective.

Some restaurants have a “mandatory service charge,” which can easily be mistaken for a tip, but an employer can claim all of these charges. These regulations make it difficult for workers to reap the benefits of good service. The responsibility for earning a living wage still rests with the worker despite employers and legislators enforcing regulations that make it nearly impossible.

Employers continued to shift responsibility to their workers during the pandemic. Food service workers deemed “essential” risk their health every day to make ends meet. A study by Healthcare Research and Quality has shown that 60% of essential workers are at higher risk of severe COVID-19.

Many restaurants and bars in Utah have regained full capacity, but are understaffed, making prompt service difficult. The restaurant maintains a steady income, while the workers are overworked and struggling to receive decent tips. This is especially important because many servers are paid as low as $ 2.13 per hour and rely on tips as their primary source of income.

If the hourly wage and tips are less than the federal minimum wage of $ 7.25, the employer must make up the difference. Delivering exceptional service may not be enough to exceed $ 7.25 an hour, especially if you are hassled by customers. Even making $ 7.25 an hour, these essential workers are not making enough money to meet their basic needs.

The Utahns tip fewer than nearly every other state, according to a 2019 sample of data from MoneyPenny. “In Utah, people don’t tip very well. It’s a thing. It doesn’t seem like people are learning how to tip properly. A lot of people will round to the nearest dollar, ”said Tyler Saunders, a server in Salt Lake City.

The pandemic has also not improved tipping habits. Although many experts have called for an increase in tips, people are tipping less on average now than before the pandemic.

A survey by UC Berkeley showed that more than 80% of workers said their tips had gone down during the pandemic. In particular, there was a period at the start of the pandemic when people had a good turn. Customers have sympathized with essential workers – but empathy has only been built so far. Eventually the tips went down, probably because people were running out of money, but still went out to eat.

Empathy is a big factor in tipping habits. People with experience in the service industry tend to tip more. In contrast, well-to-do families in Utah may not have personal experience in service. As Utah’s economy steadily grows, so does the number of wealthy Utahns. According to Utah Business, millionaires make up 7.06% of Utah’s population, a figure higher than the national average. This high-income population may not sympathize with service workers and may be less inclined to leave generous tips.

Service workers rely on tips. It is your responsibility to understand the personal impact of your tip on your server. Customs such as take-out, delivery drivers, and digital tips have become the new normal, but the company has yet to set a point on when tips are needed. While these variations ultimately depend on your personal preferences, it’s important to consider that most tip workers rely on your tip, whether it’s a take-out or an on-site meal. . Tip experts generally recommend leaving 18-25%, especially during the pandemic. Tipping cash is ideal because credit cards often charge transaction fees that Utah law allows to deduct from the tip.

If you’ve waited twenty minutes for the waiter to take your order, consider the circumstances before reflecting the experience in your tip. If you want to reward outstanding work, add a little extra money. But given the impact frugal tips have on employees, there’s rarely a reason to cut a tip because of a bad experience. Systemic changes clearly need to be made to fairly compensate tipping workers, but until that happens, we all need to do our part. If you can’t afford the tip, you can’t afford the service.

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COVID-19 vaccines for children: what parents need to know


Children as young as 5 years old could be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Halloween, now that Pfizer and BioTech report that lower doses of their vaccine have been shown to be safe while producing a “robust” antibody response in this group of people. ‘age.

The results announced by the companies earlier this week are yet to be submitted to the United States Food and Drug Administration, which will decide whether to change the emergency use order allowing teens ages 12 to 15 years to receive the vaccine to include children aged 5 to 11. .

While the data shared so far appears to be good news for parents concerned about protecting their young children from the deadly virus, experts are waiting to see details of the latest clinical trial that involved some 2,300 children aged 5 to 11. years.

“A press release is just a press release, and we want to see the rest of the data. But I hope that happens very soon, and I hope that a good close review of the data set will be just as encouraging as what they published in the press release, ”said Dr Andy Pavia to journalists in a recent virtual news. conference.

Pavia, chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Utah Health and director of hospital epidemiology at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, said “this is really the point at which we can. say, “Yeah, that sounds awesome.” We are delighted to give it to our children.

How serious is COVID-19 for children?

Lately, there are typically eight to 10 children hospitalized in elementary school for children with COVID-19, Pavia said, “far more than we’ve seen at any time in the past year. I think this reflects both the spread among children that we are seeing this year and the increased infectivity of delta, ”the highly contagious viral variant.

School-aged children also account for about 1 in 4 new cases of the virus in Utah during the current outbreak, he said, a number likely higher because many parents do not test their children for the virus because that they are worried. having to prevent them from going to school.

There have been nearly 60,000 cases of the virus in Utahns aged 14 and under, representing 12% of all cases in the state, according to the Utah Department of Health. Nearly 500 have been sick enough to be hospitalized and two young people in Salt Lake County have died of the disease, including an unvaccinated teenager.

What parents should do

Deciding whether to vaccinate children against COVID-19 means assessing the risks involved, Pavie said. Children get sick enough to be hospitalized or die, but even in the mildest cases they miss school and face the possibility of dealing with what is known as the long COVID-19 – fatigue, fog and other persistent symptoms.

“You have to balance these risks, which people don’t always fully appreciate,” he said, with the potential risks of injections which, so far, “have been shown to be as safe as any vaccine like us. let’s use “. But Pavia said that in children aged 5 to 11, the study was not large enough to know what he called rarer side effects.

This information will come as the vaccine rolls out to the younger group, he said, adding that if his own children were 5 to 11, they would be on the front line for vaccines on day one. where they were available – if they had not already been enrolled in a clinical trial.

“What I would say is if your child goes to school in Utah, he’s at a pretty high risk of contracting COVID and a pretty high risk of complications,” Pavia warned. However, he said, “if they stay home, if they are in a state where there is universal masking and very low infection rates, their risk is lower.”

For low-risk children, the doctor said parents “might want to wait a little longer until we know more about rare or minor safety effects.” The best source of information for parents, Pavia said, is a family pediatrician or other health care provider.

The bottom line for him, however, is that the risk presented by COVID-19 is great while the risk of the vaccine “is almost certainly much, much smaller.”

Will the vaccine really be available by Halloween?

Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said there was a good chance the injections would be approved for children before they were go to therapy.

FDA officials pledged earlier this month to “carefully, thoroughly, and independently review the data to assess the benefits and risks and be ready to complete its review as quickly as possible, possibly within a few minutes. weeks rather than a few months ”.

But in the same statement, Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the FDA, and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Assessment and Research, also said, “Like every vaccine decision that we took during this pandemic, our assessment of data on COVID-19 vaccine use in children will not cut corners. “

Pavie said that in the past, similar decisions were made within weeks of submitting the application, so late October or early November could be the date when clearance could be anticipated. But he also admitted that it was only a matter of “looking at a crystal ball”.

After FDA approval, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is to meet to develop clinical recommendations. It usually only takes a day or two.

And once the federal government gives the green light, Pavia said he expects injections to be given to children in the same places as teens, teens and adults, including doctors’ offices. , clinics and pharmacies.

Parents planning ahead for the holidays should realize that it takes five weeks from the first dose to be fully immunized. In addition to the three week wait between the two injections, it takes another two weeks after receiving the final dose before a person is considered fully immune to the virus.

How the vaccine was tested

The trial tested two doses of the vaccine given 21 days apart, the same regimen currently given to people 12 years of age and older, but the doses were one-third less than the standard 30 micrograms. However, the immune response generated seemed to be equivalent to larger doses in adolescents.

That’s all the companies had to show since vaccines had been shown to be effective in stopping COVID-19 infections in studies in older groups, including one trial in 44,000 adults, USA Today reported. Trials are currently underway for children 2 to 5 years old and 6 months to 2 years old.

Pfizer and BioTech said the children involved in the studies of the three age groups came from more than 90 locations in the United States, Finland, Poland and Spain, and some had already had COVID-19, according to USA Today .

The other two coronavirus vaccines approved for use in the United States, the two-dose Moderna and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson, are also under study in children. Pfizer’s injections are the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for adolescents and adolescents,

What about “off-label” clichés for children under 12 now?

This question arose last month, when the Pfizer vaccine was fully approved by the FDA, paving the way for prescribing “off-label” injections for different age groups, conditions or other indications than those stated by the manufacturers. authorities.

But experts say it’s not a good idea and have advised to wait until federal authorities have approved the safety concerns and looked into issues such as the proper dosage for young children. Pfizer shots are available under emergency use authorization for ages 12 to 16.

Utah Department of Health on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

“There is a common misconception that children do not contract COVID-19 or are not at risk of serious illness from the virus. However, some children get sick enough to require hospital treatment. We still don’t know much about how COVID-19 will continue to impact children in the long term, ”the department said in a statement.

“COVID-19 is far more dangerous than any potential risk involved in getting a vaccine. Children suffer from serious and potentially long-lasting side effects at rates similar to those of adults, even if they have never had symptoms or had only mild symptoms at the time of their infection. Many children continue to suffer from fatigue, headaches, abdominal, muscle and joint pain, and difficulty remembering and processing information, ”the statement continued.

“The Utah Department of Health is eagerly awaiting further recommendations from the FDA and CDC to vaccinate children under 12 years of age. If you have young children, talk to your healthcare professional about the best ways to protect them until a vaccine is available.


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The fleeing train from the inner port must slow down


Salt Lake City is right to question plans to issue millions of taxpayer-guaranteed bonds without public participation.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Deeda Seed of Stop the Polluting Port Coalition presents an in-release report outlining the potential environmental damage from the Utah Inner Harbor project at a press conference on the US Capitol Utah on Wednesday January 22, 2020.

Recently, the runaway train known as Utah’s Inner Harbor slowed slightly.

Due to the combined efforts of committed community members and Salt Lake City officials, a vote to fund the development of a transshipment facility and other port infrastructure has been postponed. In previous weeks, the port authority had rushed to commit $ 255 million in debt, backed by property tax revenues, for purposes the port authority had not described in detail.

Without the Utah Legislature’s creation of the Utah Inner Port, these property tax revenues would have flowed into the Salt Lake City General Revenue Fund. The city will be responsible for providing a range of municipal services to the inner port area – such as water and sewer pipes, water treatment, road maintenance and public safety services – without the revenue stream typically used to fund these services. And, if the port authority does not have the revenue to pay off that debt, the responsibility could fall on Salt Lake City. All of this should be alarming for Salt Lake City taxpayers.

The director of the Port Authority said the delay was intended to bring back the “discussion on merit arguments”. We are waiting to hear what the “merits” are, but we will not hold our breath.

Summary information available to the public of the plans for the transshipment facility shows its intended location adjacent to the existing Union Pacific intermodal facility on the west side of Salt Lake City. Its goal is to process thousands of shipping containers from California ports. They will arrive in Salt Lake City on trains to be unloaded into trucks. The transshipment facility will also support the development of new warehouses.

We don’t know anything about the health consequences of all these trucks, trains and warehouses, the expected volume of traffic, and the structure and design of this facility.

We know that the ports of Long Beach and Oakland, whose air quality is drastically degraded by truck traffic, are understandably excited to dump this pollution elsewhere. But bringing this pollution into the Salt Lake valley, which has already dramatically altered air quality, doesn’t make sense. And asking taxpayers to pay for it is outrageous.

The beneficiaries of this program are the usual suspects – business interests such as Rio Tinto, Union Pacific and warehouse developers. In the port authority’s strategic business plan, the promoters cited additional rail and transshipment facilities as the keys to their profitable development.

The bottom line is that Utah taxpayers are paying for a transshipment facility that will increase pollution so that a few already wealthy corporate interests can rake in bigger profits.

To make matters worse, the port authority has created an artificial emergency, when it really should put the whole thing on a long hiatus until it can produce detailed plans outlining what it intends to do. build, exactly how much it will cost, and the human health impacts of the development.

This break should also include awaiting the outcome of the litigation filed by Salt Lake City over whether the creation of the Port Authority by the Utah Legislature was legal under the Utah Constitution. . This spring, the Utah Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case, and a decision may be released soon.

For those who haven’t followed the Inner Harbor saga closely, it is important to note that supporters of the port like to pretend that this is a “done deal”, to appease the opposition and create a feeling of inevitability, when the truth, which spread during the last legislative session, is not really so. For example, as several port leaders have told lawmakers, “this is not an inland port without a transshipment facility”.

So it’s far from a done deal, and the affected public and elected officials still have an important role to play in what’s going on with development in the northwest quadrant of Salt Lake City.

We must continue to hold the port authority to account and urge our local and state elected officials to help us end the damage caused by this costly and damaging mess.

Deeda seed is a former member of the Salt Lake City Council and a member of the Stop the Polluting Port Coalition


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Schools funding agency expected to weigh sustainability and profitability as Utah dries up

Up to 3.4 million acres, the land trust generated $ 1.96 billion in revenue and established a permanent fund of $ 2.5 billion.

(Rendered courtesy of the Kane County Water Conservation District) A render produced by architect David McLay Kidd provides a preliminary design for an 18-hole luxury golf course project that lawmakers have designed Retirement from Utah Mike Noel is looking to build outside of Kanab.

When Utah became a state in 1896, it was sent with a dowry from Congress. A checkerboard of square mile plots scattered across the state totaling some 7.4 million acres. These properties were not public lands or reserves in the usual sense of the term, but an endowment to be managed, rented, bartered and sometimes sold for the benefit of a specific set of public institutions, mainly schools.

Back then, doing a land office business – making a lot of money in real estate – was the goal. And very Utah. Preserving all land for the sustainable benefit of the environment was not considered.

In 1994, fears that trust lands had not been well managed led the Utah legislature to create a semi-independent entity called the School & Institutional Trust Lands Administration, known to friends as SITLA. Its mission was to maximize the annual income and the permanent endowment of the fund. Now down to 3.4 million acres, SITLA since its inception has generated $ 1.96 billion in revenue and established a permanent fund of $ 2.5 billion.

It’s awesome. Utah schools need all the financial help they can get. But school budgets aren’t the only thing that should matter – for taxpayers, for the state, for SITLA. It is certainly not the most important thing if you care about future generations of students and the world they will have to live in.

To move forward in a world of climate change, sustainability, and not just profit, must be high on SITLA’s agenda. And the agency has the opportunity to demonstrate how these two objectives are fully compatible, if we take a long enough view.

Take, for example, a proposal that SITLA is now considering leasing some 100 acres in the town of Kanab, half of the land intended for an upscale golf course. The project is to be managed by the Kane County Water Conservation District and funded, at least in part, by the State and Kane County.

Objections to such a plan are obvious and have been voiced by just about everyone who does not work for the Water District, an agency led by former Utah lawmaker Mike Noel. Not everyone in town thinks that a Tony Golf Course catering to a jet-set clientele is likely to be a profitable business, if not profitable, given Kanab’s remote location and less than perfect climate. ‘a complex.

Noel has already secured a $ 10 million loan from the state’s Community Impact Board – despite objections from professional council staff. CIB operates a kitty from mining royalties paid to the state, a fund intended to help make communities dependent on the extractive economy after suffering ecological damage and the boom and bust economic cycles the industry has experienced. of fossil fuels is the heiress.

The argument is that, even if the golf course is not profitable, it would attract businesses to the city’s hotels and restaurants and boost both the private sector economy and the county tax base. Noel says he has an agreement to siphon off part of the tax revenue from Kane County hotels to support the project, although the county says such a deal has not been reached.

Officially, SITLA must weigh Noel’s proposal alongside two other arguments it has for using its Kanab property and decide, at its November 18 meeting, who will likely be the most profitable for the education fund. . From an ethical standpoint, the agency must also consider whether creating a water-hungry attraction in the middle of an arid landscape is something to which it must make its mark.

The best part of Noel is that rural Utah is, and should be, shifting from an economy based on digging to one based on tourism and hospitality. This is a factor SITLA should consider in all of its business and land use decisions as it becomes, like the rest of Utah’s economy, less dependent on oil.

Chances are, SITLA will reject Noel’s plan because it is not economically viable, without even having to move on to environmental sustainability concerns.

What should guide this agency’s thinking, however, is that, in the long run, what’s economically smart and what’s environmentally wise are more of the same than we might have thought.

SITLA is accessible through the agency’s website,

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What is this latest construction in Beachwood?


I was recently heading south on Route 9 from our studios here in downtown Toms River when I came across a section of Route 9 that is being cleaned up in the Beachwood / Pine Beach area.

This work is therefore done on the left, heading south on Route 9, a little near the border of Beachwood Pine Beach. There are several construction vehicles on the site and the trees are cleared and they are removing soil or adding to the area.

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It appears to be quite a large lot, so it could house a large building and / or business. The question is, do we know what this site is going to be? or maybe he is just being cleared to help sell the empty real estate?

We would love to hear your opinion … do you know the answer or do you have a suggestion on what would work perfectly on Highway 9 between Beachwood and Pine Beach? Post your thoughts below ….

In my opinion, I think any “stand-alone” business would be a good idea, I would stay away from a “mall”. We have enough half-empty “malls” along Hwy 9. It seems single-occupancy locations are better for business and especially along the Hwy 9 corridor from Beachwood to Forked River.

Thanks for taking the time to take a look at our last “question” here in Ocean County and maybe we’ll find an answer.

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Cleaning your septum piercing during the healing process and beyond


A septum piercing sits between your two nostrils, so it takes up prime facial space.

Learning how to properly clean your new piercing can help keep it healthy and prevent painful (and very noticeable) complications.

When cleaning your piercing, it is important to follow the care instructions that your piercing professional has given you.

Typically, you gently clean a septum piercing – or any other piercing, for that matter – with a saline solution, which is made of salt and water.

How to make your own saline soak

You can buy saline solution online or at your local drugstore, but you can also make it yourself using tap water or distilled water.

for your information

The saline solution made from distilled water lasts longer, which makes it a good option if you want to make a big batch ahead of time.

You can find distilled water at most drugstores or grocery stores.

What you will need

  • microwave-safe saucepan or bowl with lid
  • tap or distilled water
  • table salt or fine sea salt (without iodine)
  • baking soda (optional, but it may help keep the saline solution from irritating your skin)
  • measuring cup and teaspoon
  • a clean, airtight jar or container with a lid

What to do

You have a few options for soaking your saline solution.

Stove method

  1. Add 2 cups of tap water to a pot and boil, covered, for 15 minutes.
  2. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of salt.
  4. If you are using baking soda, add a pinch.
  5. Stir until the salt is dissolved.
  6. Refrigerate the solution in an airtight container for up to 24 hours. (Throw away after this to avoid bacteria.)

Microwave method

  1. Pour 2 cups of tap water into a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Cover and cook in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Let cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour the solution into a clean airtight container.
  6. Refrigerate it for up to 24 hours, then throw it away to avoid bacteria.

Distilled method

  1. Add 8 teaspoons of salt to 1 gallon of distilled water.
  2. Refrigerate for up to 1 month.

How to use your salt dip

To clean your septum piercing with physiological saline, you can:

  • spray or pour over
  • use a cotton ball or piece of gauze soaked in saline solution

Some people also dip their nose in a shallow bowl of the solution. If you want to try this, go for it. Just avoid breathing through your nose when submerged underwater.

Yes, you will want to clean your piercing every day, at least while it is healing.

A good rule of thumb is to clean your septum piercing twice a day with saline solution, although you can clean it more often if needed. If it becomes crisp, for example, clean it thoroughly again.

Just watch out for over-cleaning, which can dry out your skin and cause irritation.

Technically, you have to keep cleaning it forever, but, once it’s completely healed, you can clean it less often. You can also switch to cleanings with plain water, instead of a saline solution.

Unless your piercing professional tells you otherwise, you’ll want to continue daily saline cleanings for 4-8 weeks.

Scabbing is quite normal in the first 1 to 2 weeks. After that, any crust will probably be less crust and more, well, boogers.

You can gently remove any accumulated crust using lukewarm water and a clean piece of gauze. You can also try gently soaking the area to help loosen the crust.

Gently pat the area dry afterwards with a paper towel, if you are still healing. If you are completely healed, a clean towel will do.

You should keep your jewelry until you are completely healed to avoid the risk of injury or infection.

Regular salt baths should be enough to keep the jewelry clean while you heal.

Once you are fully healed, you can remove your jewelry and wash it with lukewarm water and soap or put it in boiling water to sanitize it.

Make sure your hands are clean before putting it back on. You should also make sure that the jewelry is thoroughly rinsed, dry and cooled. (Septum burn? Ouch.)

Septum piercings generally heal faster than other nose piercings. They usually take about 2 months to heal. Having said that, everyone is different. Some people will not fully recover for 8 months or more.

Improper aftercare, poor health, and poor quality jewelry can slow down the healing process. The same goes for anything that irritates the skin, like getting sunburned, playing with your jewelry, or blowing your nose a lot.

If you are not sure whether your piercing has healed, have a piercing professional check it.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have any signs of infection.

Here’s what to look for:

  • severe pain or worsening, redness or swelling
  • a foul smell coming from the piercing
  • thick, smelly discharge or pus from the piercing site
  • abscess
  • fever

It is also important to watch for signs of rejection. Piercing rejection occurs when your body treats the jewelry like a foreign substance and tries to push it away.

If this happens, you may notice:

  • a change in the position of your jewelry
  • the drill hole gets bigger
  • your septum tissue is thinning
  • peeling and redness around the piercing site

Avoiding bacteria and general irritation to the skin around your piercing is essential for uncomplicated healing.

To avoid complications, try to avoid the following during the healing process:

  • touch the piercing unless you clean it
  • handling the piercing with unwashed hands
  • swim in pools, hot tubs, or open water, such as lakes and oceans
  • pulling, snagging, or causing any type of friction around your nose
  • having contact between the piercing and someone else’s body fluids, including saliva and semen

Some final considerations:

First, getting a piercing by a reputable piercing professional can help you avoid injuries and complications. Ask your friends for references or find one through the Association of Professional Piercers (APP).

Then choose high quality jewelry made of titanium or medical grade steel to avoid allergic reactions, infections and irritation.

Once you have your septum piercing it is important to be very careful as it heals, but don’t stop once it heals. Keep your piercing in mind afterwards to avoid accidentally snagging or pulling it off. Ouch.

Keep in mind that even normal daily activities can lead to injury if you are not careful. This includes:

  • put on or take off your shirt
  • blow your nose
  • kissing and oral sex

You absolutely can still do all of this with a septum piercing, of course. Just be a little more careful around the piercing site.

Learning how to properly clean your septum piercing is important for preventing infection while it heals. But proper cleaning can also help keep your piercing healthy for the long haul.

Adrienne Santos-Longhurst is a Canadian-based freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all health and lifestyle issues for over a decade. When not locked in her shed writing for an article or interviewing medical professionals, she can be found frolicking around her seaside town with her husband and dogs or by splashing around on the lake trying to master stand-up paddleboarding.


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How would you design the Utah voting cards? Here’s how these residents drew theirs


Voters cast their ballot at Trolley Square in Salt Lake City on November 3, 2020. With 2020 census data in hand, Utah is in the process of creating new riding maps for the next 10 years. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

TAYLORSVILLE – When it comes to reconstructing representative boundaries, Stuart Hepworth sees roads as a key part of bringing different neighborhoods together.

For him, it’s important that someone can drive from one Utah electoral district to another without randomly crossing another district in between. This is something that can be difficult in the Beehive State.

“The geography of Utah is quite difficult for someone who values ​​the cohesion and contiguity of roads. Compared to other states, it is much more difficult to create compact districts and contiguous to roads,” a- he said at a meeting of the Utah Independent Redistribution Commission on Tuesday night. . “With the geography of Utah, you have areas that look like they need to be connected on a map, like Uintah and Grand counties for example, where there is no real way to get between them.”

As Utah’s Independent Constituency Commission continues to gather feedback on the state’s new voting cards for the next decade, its leaders spent most of Tuesday’s 2.5-hour meeting listening how a handful of residents of the state designed their own maps of Congress, Parliament and the school board. .

A card creation feature, launched last month, is one of the innovative ways the Utah Independent Redistribution Commission is trying to compile public commentary by trying to come up with more fair voting cards for the public to consider. ‘Utah. Legislature later this year.

The commission has received a modest number of responses in recent weeks. Commission staff said they received more than a dozen card submissions from Congress, but struggled with school boards, only receiving two in that category.

The system allows anyone to design cards and send them to the committee. It drew in people like Hepworth, a native of southern Jordan and a current University of Utah student. Hepworth may have been the star of Tuesday’s meeting, showcasing not only his designs for the four voting cards, but several Congressional District options based on various definitions of the mission.

Explaining his map of the Utah House of Representatives to the commission, he said that in addition to his road theory, he wanted to focus more on neighborhoods and similar communities – a redistribution term called communities of interests – rather than keeping cities in the same neighborhoods. .

A redistrict design for the Utah House of Representatives submitted by Stuart Hepworth.  The University of Utah student said he tried to make sure each district was designed so that someone could drive from one Utah polling district to another without randomly crossing another district in between.
A redistrict design for the Utah House of Representatives submitted by Stuart Hepworth. The University of Utah student said he tried to make sure each district was designed so that someone could drive from one Utah polling district to another without randomly crossing another district in between. (Photo: Utah Independent Redistribution Commission)

“I tried to avoid dividing neighborhoods into cities with very well established neighborhoods,” he said. “One of the (big) things in all of my maps is to keep districts contiguous to roads, so you can drive from one district to another without crossing another district.”

Communities of interest are an important component of redistribution. They are neighborhoods and communities with common interests. So if you want to be in the same electoral district as your neighbor, that’s a community of interest. The same goes for a specific neighborhood in a city, like Glendale in Salt Lake City or East Bay in Provo.

What is a community of interest? Trying to keep a county in the same district, which is part of the comments the commission received, according to Joey Fica, GIS and logistics specialist for the Utah Independent Redistribution Commission.

The commission allows residents who may not be interested in designing maps to display on the map the community of interest they wish to preserve. The commission considers economic, educational, environmental, ethnic, industrial, linguistic, local, neighborhood and religious communities as examples of communities of interest.

These comments can be viewed online for everyone to see. For example, a resident of the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City said he saw “traffic, air pollution or safety issues” as unifying topics for their area, as a reason they would like be in the same neighborhoods. A resident of Vernal wrote that it was important to keep the Native American lands and reservations of eastern Utah together so that they could “maintain the culture and … the rights.”

Provo resident Daniel Friend argues that rural Utah is potentially the state’s largest community of interest. That’s why he designed a congressional map that features one giant district for rural communities and three smaller districts that divide the Front Wasatch population group.

“Despite being geographically very large, rural Utah shares so much,” he said. “One thing the census brought up is that a lot of rural Utah is losing population, a lot of Front Wasatch is gaining some. I don’t know how a (representative) can represent these two interests as they are directly opposed. “

A Utah Congressional District project submitted by Daniel Friend, a resident of Provo.  He said his design was inspired by keeping rural Utah connected to a unifying district.
A Utah Congressional District project submitted by Daniel Friend, a resident of Provo. He said his design was inspired by keeping rural Utah connected to a unifying district. (Photo: Utah Independent Redistribution Commission)

He told the committee that he was aware that the current congressional districts are divided in such a way as to ensure that the four districts have at least urban and rural communities; in fact, he said he heard comments from a rural Utah resident who prefers it. However, he is concerned that some districts are already determined by urban participation and that all four districts will eventually become so if demographic trends continue as they have.

Unlike Hepworth, Friend also believes cities should stick together as much as possible. That’s why its Utah legislative districts – a map that would not be accepted as is due to issues with borderline population size – kept places like Eagle Mountain and Riverton in the same House Districts. representatives, as well as combining Cedar City and Enoch together.

Travis DeJong, a Utah resident and Draper City employee, shared his cards with a similar approach. He said his goal was to keep counties and towns intact as much as possible. He and Friend also tried to divide major cities by neighborhood boundaries instead of placing the lines directly across them.

Another approach was to take the current limits and adjust them to new populations, which Kevin Jones did. Still, the Utah resident was ready to crown Hepworth the champion for having the “best house card on this whole earth.”

The Utah Independent Redistribution Commission has until Nov. 1 to finalize the cards to send to legislative leaders. Gordon Haight, executive director of the commission, said they had entered a “critical period” in their process.

The Utah Legislative Redistribution Committee, which is made up of Utah lawmakers, is also considering public comment before also recommending potential voting cards for the next decade. Despite long delays in receiving the 2020 census data that is used to help determine voting cards, the state is still on track to complete the process before the end of the year.

It is possible that one of the models shared on Tuesday will be selected by the committee before the end of October, when the committee will complete public comments and submit a model to heads of state. It could also become the state’s final voting card.

Even if not, Rex Facer, the chairman of the Utah Independent Riding Commission, told residents who shared their cards that he appreciated their efforts.

“There is something very useful about seeing alternate visions of how we can group things together,” he said.

Meanwhile, the commission also voted to add and modify some of its public comment tour which is already underway. He added a new event at Mexican Hat in San Juan County on September 29 at the request of the Navajo Nation, according to staff members. He will also hold a new meeting in Moab on October 13.

The commission also moved its October 9 meeting from Saratoga Springs to Eagle Mountain and moved its Herriman meeting to October 22-21. The commission still has 10 public feedback events scheduled across the state through October 23.

Facer said on Tuesday that the commission would continue to accept public comments and also card designs until October 23. All of this can be done through the commission’s website.

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The best takes of season 2, episode 2


Fans of “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Look forward to the shocking scenes they saw on this season’s Bravo reality show teaser release.

Jen Sha was seen leaving the shuttle to flee to an undisclosed location, and authorities picked her up minutes after she left.

One of the housewives later revealed that she had been arrested for fraud and charged with aiding and abetting a scam that seniors targeted across the United States.

The teaser then moved on to a scene where Shah was arguing with another housewife, Meredith Marks, accusing him of going after her.

Well, the dust has yet to settle on this drama, as episode two of the reality TV series has just unveiled some searing new details on the matter.

Read on to see the full story.

The quarrel continues

Episode two titled “Icy Apology” seemed to show that Mark’s beef with Shah from last season has been dragged into the new season. During this season, viewers have seen Marks accuse his co-worker of exposing her vagina while having a drink at her house. Apparently, Mark’s son Brooks had a full view of Shah’s lower regions and reacted uncomfortably.

For this and many other reasons, she believes her co-star is on a quest to ruin her son’s image on social media.

Instagram | Jen Shah

“She wants to take control of Brooks’ life and define who he is,” Marks told her husband, Seth, in the episode.
It came after Shah liked a tweet that suggested she should slap Brooks and call him a “sissy b ****”.

Marks continued to complain to her husband about Shah’s questionable actions.

“He didn’t label himself as gay, and she’s been busy labeling herself that way.” “I would never have ‘liked’ something like that in his children. Retweeting something is as good as saying it. Stop fucking with my kid and my family, ”added the reality TV star. For fans, their relationship has only turned from bad to worse.

Did Meredith Marks Admit She Missed Shah?

Some viewers may have drawn a parallel between Shah’s current troubles with the law and his feud with Marks. Those who shared this point of view have just received one more reason to believe that Brooks’ mother did something fishy.

Marks and Brooks appeared as guests on Andy Cohen’s late night show right after episode two of the new season aired.

The show, titled “Watch What Happens Live,” saw the reality TV star talk about many aspects in episode two of the reality TV series. However, the highlight of the interview was Mark’s response to a question posed by a viewer of both shows.

The viewer asked Marks if she criticized her colleague by calling federal authorities on her. Marks’ response was obscured by mystery. “Andy, haven’t you heard me tell everyone not to hurt my family?” ” she asked.

Viewers probably would have felt the response said more than it looks.

Shah and Gay Heart to Heart Talk

Besides Marks’ booming beef with Shah, Gay’s relationship with the indicted star was investigated in episode two.

A new scene showed Shah and Gay discussing some derogatory comments she allegedly made about him, including calling her a racist, a manatee and “Shrek.”

“Why are you throwing stupid little digs behind my back?” Gay asked.

A photo of Jen Shah in a gray fur coat, and she looks gorgeous.
Instagram | Jen Shah

“You hurt me too,” Shah replied, recalling their previous conversation during the season one reunion.

Shah then refuted Gay’s charge and became cranky about “not feeling good enough” and “standing on a different level.”

In the episode, Gay revealed that even though they would no longer be confidants, she still considers Shah a friend. It is not known if the couple reconciled, but there is still hope between them.

More scenes from episode two

Marks’ continued drama with Shah and the ensuing conversation between Shah and Gay weren’t the only hot moments in the episode.

Another notable scene revealed that the housewife, Whitney rose was not happy with the amount of sex she was having with her husband, coupled with her dream of making her Iris + Beau business worth $ 1 billion.

In another scene, viewers realized that the new housewife, Jennie Nguyen, was a wedding singer and she showcased her beautiful talent on camera for everyone to see.

Finally, colleague, Marie cosby, planned to remodel her home after bored with her design due to life at home from the pandemic.


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Citizen revolt: week of September 23 | Citizen revolt | Salt lake city


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Stop the Gerrymander
This is your last chance to influence the redistribution process, something that only happens once every 10 years after the census. After a slew of public hearings by the Utah Legislature and Independent Redistribution Commission, maps will be drawn and sent to the almighty legislature to make the final cut. You can influence where they draw those boundaries. Attend all or part of Public hearings of the legislative delimitation committee and / or the Utah Independent Constituency Commission Public Hearings. In person or virtual: Friday, September 24, Cedar City, 1 p.m. and Roosevelt, 6 p.m. Saturday, September 25, St. George, 10 a.m.. and Ephraim, 11 a.m., free.

Overview of the Supreme Court
Despite exhortations to the contrary, the Supreme Court of the United States is steeped in partisan politics. Take a few minutes to explore what the judges will decide on at their next session at Overview of the Supreme Court’s mandate 2021-2022. The list of topics on the court’s docket include abortion, 2nd Amendment, religious freedom, disability discrimination, national security and more. Two prominent Supreme Court litigators will guide you through cases such as New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, who is examining whether New York’s restrictive gun licenses violate the Second Amendment. Or there is Carsen v. Makin, in which the High Court will determine whether a state violates the First Amendment or the 14th Amendment if it excludes religious schools from state-funded student aid. Virtual, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m., free.

Climate strike
The world is killing itself and most people agree that climate change is the reason. Yet they do nothing. “It’s time to act against climate change”, say young people Global climate strike, which ends with a walk to the State Capitol. Without a rapid and dramatic reduction in carbon emissions, the effects of climate change will be catastrophic, warnings from the International Panel on Climate Change. “Parents, grandparents, teachers and government officials: do you love us, do you love your children? Asks 14-year-old Natalie Roberts. “If you really did, we wouldn’t be afraid of what our future holds. We wouldn’t be on strike every week demanding action on the climate crisis you have caused.” Washington Square Park, North Side, 451 S. State, 11 a.m., free.

Candidates Forum
It is that time of year when politics are unleashed and candidates try to get their message across to the public. Be a better voter and learn about some of these important events ahead of the election. Cottonwood Heights Candidate Forum features city council districts 3 and 4 and the mayoral race. Bountiful Meet the Candidates: General Election presents four candidates for the city council and three candidates for mayor. Cottonwood: Cottonwood City Hall, 2277 E. Bengal Blvd., Cottonwood Heights, Tuesday, September 28, 5:30 p.m., free. Bountiful: Bountiful Town Hall, 795 S. Main Street, Bountiful, 6:30 p.m., free.


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United States continues to end American Airlines and JetBlue deal

(AP) – The Justice Department and officials from six states have filed a lawsuit to block a partnership formed by American Airlines and JetBlue, saying it would reduce competition and lead to higher fares.

The Justice Department said on Tuesday that the deal would eliminate significant competition in New York and Boston and reduce JetBlue’s incentive to compete with Americans in other parts of the country.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the lawsuit was aimed at ensuring fair competition that allows Americans to fly affordably.

“In an industry where just four airlines control over 80% of domestic air travel, American Airlines’ alliance with JetBlue is, in fact, an unprecedented move to further consolidate the industry,” Garland said in a report. communicated. “It would mean higher prices, less choice and lower quality service if it were allowed to continue. “

American and JetBlue have vowed to fight the lawsuit and continue their alliance unless a court orders them to stop.

American and JetBlue announced their deal last year and have already started coordinating their flights in the Northeast. They argue that this is a consumer-friendly deal that has already helped them launch 58 new routes from four airports in New York and Boston, add flights on other routes and plan to new international destinations.

US CEO Doug Parker said blocking the deal “would take away consumer choice and inhibit competition, not encourage it.” This is not a merger: American and JetBlue are – and will remain – independent airlines. “

The lawsuit comes two months after President Joe Biden issued an executive order calling on government agencies to help consumers by increasing competition in the airline industry and other sectors of the economy.

The Department of Transportation approved the deal, under certain conditions, in January, during the dying days of the Trump administration. Airlines have waived certain take-off and landing slots at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Reagan Washington National Airport outside Washington, and have agreed not to cooperate to set prices.

“Instead of suing now, the (justice department) should have waited, watched and held us accountable for the benefits we said it would bring,” JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes said in an interview.

Hayes challenged the Justice Department’s belief that the deal will prevent his airline from competing with American outside of the Northeast. He noted that JetBlue this year started flying from New York to London and between Miami and Los Angeles, important routes for Americans.

Despite the green light from the Department of Transport, antitrust lawyers at the Department of Justice began to examine the agreement more closely this spring and requested interviews and documents from the airlines, according to an airline lawyer involved in the ‘case.

Over the past three weeks, it has become clear that the Justice Department is likely to take legal action, said the lawyer, who requested anonymity because discussions with regulators were private.

Airlines call their partnership Northeast Alliance or NEA. It allows American and JetBlue to sell seats on each other’s flights and offer customers reciprocal benefits under separate loyalty programs.

American and JetBlue argue the deal benefits consumers by making their combination a stronger competitor in the Northeast. Together, the airlines say, they controlled 16% of the region’s air travel market before the partnership, and that figure has risen to 24%.

The airlines argue that the Justice Department has no evidence that their deal results in higher fares. Air travel prices have been hit by the pandemic, which continues to reduce travel demand and lower fares.

American and JetBlue argue that nothing in their agreement controls prices and that each airline will continue to set its own rates.

Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines have filed formal complaints against the American-JetBlue alliance, arguing that with a similar West Coast deal between American and Alaska Airlines, it will make American too big.

The Justice Department lawsuit was filed in Massachusetts federal district court. The department was joined by attorneys general from California, Massachusetts, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Arizona, and the District of Columbia.

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Salt Lake allocates $ 8 million to tackle housing crisis and increase affordable housing


Ana Valdemoros, chair of the board of directors of the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency, speaks at a press conference Tuesday announcing a notice of funding availability for affordable housing development in the city. (Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake City redevelopment agency on Tuesday released $ 8 million for the construction and preservation of affordable housing projects. The city continues to experience growing economic inequality as housing rates rise faster than the incomes of residents.

“This is the commitment we are showing with the resources we have to provide solutions to this statewide housing crisis that we are experiencing, it may not be the complete solution, but it is the most that anyone has done, “Ana Valdemoros, president of the board of directors of the GDR and a city councilor, said at a press conference on Tuesday. “I really appreciate the other members of council, the mayor and the staff, for focusing on the resources we have and dispersing them so that we can at least make a dent for the residents of Salt Lake City.”

The $ 8 million will be allocated under the GDR Housing Development Loan Program. A portion of this funding, $ 2.7 million, is spent on projects located in what are considered “high potential areas”. These areas are places in Salt Lake City that are believed to provide conditions that will expand an individual’s possibilities for social mobility.

These high opportunity areas are identified using indicators such as homeownership rate, poverty, household financial burden, education level, unemployment rate and labor market participation. work, according to the director of the GDR, Danny Walz. The agency is made up of the seven members of the Salt Lake City council, with Mayor Erin Mendenhall as executive director.

Applicants must develop and plan a project that meets the city’s affordable housing goals to be eligible for funding. Some of the city’s goals include:

  • Residential units targeted at underserved populations
  • Accommodation for families
  • Housing for affordable home ownership
  • Equitable access to a variety of transportation options
  • Equitable geographic distribution of affordable housing
  • Long-term affordability.

“It’s not just the money that’s going to help us make geographic equity more possible in our city, when it comes to affordability, and that’s why that’s so important. whatever the gap for the current owners, ”Mendenhall said.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall speaks at a press conference Tuesday announcing a notice of funding availability for affordable housing development in the city. (Photo: Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News)

The City’s goals demonstrate a variety of needs that residents face during the affordable housing crisis.

The federal government defines affordable housing as any housing unit whose gross monthly costs, including utilities, do not represent more than 30% of a household’s gross monthly income. But state data has revealed that more than 183,000 low-income households pay more than half of their income for rent and move closer to homelessness with deteriorating economic conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This same data showed that from 2009 to 2016, incomes grew by 0.31% per year, while rents increased at a rate of 1.03% per year in 2017. In addition, the recent population growth of cities like Salt Lake City led to a concentrated increase. required. For example, the average rent for an apartment in Salt Lake County was $ 647 in 2000, but the average monthly payment rose to $ 1,153 in 2018, according to an analysis by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute of the University of Utah.

Unaffordable housing leaves residents with less money to pay for food, utilities, transportation to work, health and child care, among other expenses. Mendenhall said the city takes these elements into account when allocating funds, noting that 90% of housing units built in Salt Lake City since 2019 are within walking distance of public transportation, helping to keep costs down. transport which represent on average 20% of the expenses of a resident. total income.

Part of this housing growth includes 333 affordable units, funded in part by the RDA, which were added in the past year. According to Valdemoros, 181 more units are expected to come online by the end of this calendar year, with more than three-quarters of these rented at affordable rates for those earning 60% or less of the region’s median income.

These units may look like “micro-units” seen in newer developments like the Mya, located at 447 South Blair Street. Property manager Alicia Anderson said the building offers different units with varying rates depending on applicants’ incomes. The building has market-priced units, which allows “a mix of different demographics and different incomes and makes people feel like they live in any other building.”

But Valdemoros said the focus should not be on micro-units, but on a variety of housing that meets a complex need. The council member pointed out that residents find it difficult to accommodate a growing family in smaller homes.

“We hear churches, we hear schools, we hear neighbors say, ‘Hey, you know I’m having a second child – I don’t think I can live in the city anymore. “It’s hard for me to hear as a board member because I always thought I wanted everyone to live, work and play in Salt Lake City,” said Valdemoros.

Developers can attend a virtual meeting hosted by the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency on Friday, September 24 at 11 a.m. to receive an overview of the application, requirements, and selection process. For more information or to attend the meeting, visit

A list of Utah housing resources is available at In Salt Lake County, affordable housing resources are available at


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A breakdown of 4 transactions involving Steward Health Care


These two months have been busy with acquisitions and sales for Dallas-based Steward Health Care.

Below is a breakdown of four of them:

1. Sell ​​five hospitals in Utah. Steward Health Care has announced that it will sell the operations of five Utah hospitals to HCA Healthcare, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Hospitals involved in the agreement: Davis Hospital in Layton, Jordan Valley Medical Center in West Jordan, Jordan Valley Medical Center-West Valley Campus, Mountain Point Medical Center in Lehi, and Salt Lake Regional Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Hospital real estate is owned by Medical Properties Trust, which will lease the facilities to HCA.

2. Agreement involving eight hospitals in Massachusetts. Medical Properties Trust has agreed to sell a 50% stake in a portfolio of eight Massachusetts hospitals owned by Steward Health Care to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners V LP, an infrastructure investment fund managed by Macquarie Asset Management. Steward will continue to operate the eight hospitals and pay rents to the new joint venture.

3. Acquisition of five hospitals in Florida. Steward Health Care bought five Florida hospitals from Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare in August for $ 1.1 billion. The hospitals included in the sale were Coral Gables Hospital, Florida Medical Center in Lauderdale Lakes, Hialeah Hospital, North Shore Medical Center in Miami, and Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah.

4. Entering a sale-leaseback transaction with Medical Properties Trust in Florida. Medical Properties Trust finalized in August its plan to purchase Florida hospital real estate acquired by Steward for nearly $ 900 million. It entered into a sale-leaseback transaction with Steward.


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Salt Lake Chamber: Jennifer Seltzer Stitt: Good change nourishes souls and transforms communities


Adaptability is a pandemic buzzword in many offices. We are told that the most important – if not the most important – leadership skill is adaptability. Good news folks. By this standard, we are all leaders. I don’t know a soul that hasn’t twisted and twisted over the past two years to take on an avalanche of new and increasingly bizarre challenges. And it’s not just you and me trying to navigate quicksand. The people we love, the places we work and the communities we live in are also adapting to rapidly changing realities.

All this relentless uncertainty and constant learning can tire even the strongest person. Regardless of our openness to new ideas or our courage, it is difficult not to tremble, even if only a little, at the end of a long day where we wonder what the world will ask of us. tomorrow.

I was talking with a friend about the tension between the very real need to adjust and the fatigue and anxiety that comes with constant change. She said, “I always thought I was adaptable. I like the change. But over the past year or so, I’ve realized that I only like the right change.

Good change. The phrase reminded me of Congressman John Lewis’s famous call to get in “good trouble.” In a 2020 speech commemorating Bloody Sunday, Congressman Lewis told us to –

“Have hope, be optimistic. Our fight is not the fight of a day, of a week, of a month or of a year, it is the fight of a lifetime. Never have, never afraid to make noise and get in trouble, necessary trouble. ”

The ability to adapt to changes imposed on us is important. If all we do is survive – bend with the winds of change without breaking – we can and should be proud. There are days when I consider it a victory to have survived intact.

But there are also times when we have the capacity to do more than endure. In these moments, we take a step back from the details that so often dictate day-to-day survival and look at the big picture. We move from reaction to innovation and creation. It is from this perspective that we can use crisis and uncertainty to actively unlearn the “old way” and make the right changes that are needed.

Good change nourishes our souls and transforms our organizations and communities for the better. I believe it means something as simple as making new connections in our daily lives that help our families and communities thrive and help manage or support large institutional and systemic changes. It is asking questions about what can be: what new technology do we need to adopt? What new languages ​​do we need to learn? What new approaches do we need to take to be the people and organizations we want to become?

Is it any wonder that we like the idea of ​​a good change? It is hopeful, inspiring and innovative. But it’s also a very difficult job to do in the midst of a pandemic and all the uncertainty that comes with it. There are few – if any – people who can maintain the kind of daring, vulnerability, optimism and energy it takes to effect good and necessary change day in and day out. Instead, it seems like we’re moving between the role of adaptation and creation, survival and rise. With that in mind, and whatever role you see yourself in today, have hope and be optimistic. You are the leader we need.

About our guest writer:
Jennifer Seltzer Stitt
Director of Community Relations, Salt Lake Community College

Jennifer Seltzer Stitt is Director of Community Relations at Salt Lake Community College. She works to strengthen the role of the College within our community and facilitates support for a variety of college initiatives. Throughout her career, she has worked with nonprofits, government, and the community to create systems change and give people the platform and tools they need to be successful. Jennifer received her BA from the University of Miami and her MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. When she’s not working, you’ll find Jennifer at local festivals, farmer’s markets, and baseball games with her husband and two energetic boys.

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Rekor Waycare Affiliate Launches Road Safety Pilot Project with Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS)


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Agencies test Waycare’s AI-based traffic management technology to improve incident management, reduce response times and support greater collaboration between agencies in Salt Lake City area

COLUMBIA, MD / ACCESSWIRE / September 21, 2021 / Today, Rekor Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: REKR) (“Rekor” or the “Company”), a global AI technology company whose mission is to provide intelligent infrastructure and information to build cities. safer, smarter and more efficient around the world, announced the pilot deployment of its traffic management technology within the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Department of Public Safety ( DPS). The pilot, which kicked off in July 2021, will focus on major Salt Lake City area corridors along Highways 15, 215, and 80, as well as Utah State Route 201. Agencies will take advantage of Company solutions to enable faster and more efficient use of incident management and mitigation strategies, in addition to improving its collaboration and reporting capabilities.

“The existing methods of identifying incidents and collecting traffic data need technological innovations. With the activation of this UDOT / DPS pilot, we are delighted to see the continued adoption of our artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions among government agencies to meet the rapidly expanding use cases for better intelligence. driver, ”said Robert A. Berman, President and CEO, Rekor.

Using the company’s technology, UDOT’s Traffic Operations Center (TOC) and Incident Management Team (IMT), along with the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP), will be able to collaborate real-time incident detection and response efforts both in the field and in the office. In addition, agencies will have access to advanced AI information, processed from historical and real-time datasets from existing infrastructure, on-board data, GPS navigation applications, weather forecasting, etc. The Company’s integration of anonymized connected vehicle (CV) safety data enriches its algorithms, improving the accuracy and timing of incident identification, traffic jam detection and accident forecasting.

The pilot will take place over the next few months with an option of extension pending an internal evaluation between the partners involved. “Regional collaboration is an essential part of effectively accelerating incident response times and preventing secondary incidents,” said Noam Maital, Co-Founder of Waycare. “UDOT and DPS are leading the way by defining a blueprint on how regional agencies can leverage AI and cloud platforms to improve road safety in the community of Sale Lake City. “

Recently, Rekor also announced that its technology has been selected for a pilot project with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to improve traffic management operations in the Baton Rouge area.

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2022 should be a benchmark year for Iowa taxpayers

The exterior of the Iowa State Capitol building can be seen in Des Moines on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (Andy Abeyta / The Gazette)

“Today’s legislation ushers in a new era of growth and opportunity in Iowa,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said upon signing the 2021 Tax Reform Bill. “But we don’t. are not done yet. Next year I will be proposing additional income tax cuts as we continue to make Iowa America’s most attractive place to open a business, raise a family and start a career, Gov. Reynolds said. Iowa was one of 11 states that passed tax reform bills this year due to good fiscal health. Other states, such as North Carolina , are currently considering adopting additional tax reforms In recent years, Iowa has made progress in enacting growth-friendly tax reform, but there is still work to be done.

Iowa’s tax climate is important because it not only impacts the incomes of hard-working Iowans, but also determines how competitive and attractive the economy will be compared to other states. Recently, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) released the 14th Annual Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index. In this report, Iowa’s ranking for economic outlook fell from 27 in 2020 to 33 in 2021. One reason for Iowa’s decline in the rankings is that other states are working to reduce their tax rates.

Iowa cannot get complacent as it competes with 49 other states for jobs and people. Data from the recent census shows that states that have no income tax or states with low tax rates are gaining in population.

In addition to the phasing out of inheritance tax, a crucial element of the 2021 tax reform law was the removal of income tax triggers that were put in place in 2018. The maximum rate will drop to 6.5% in 2023, and the personal tax brackets will condense from nine to four brackets with a lower rate of 4.4 percent.

This year, Iowa’s corporate tax rate was lowered from 12%, the highest in the country, to 8.9%, which ties us to Minnesota. For comparison, Nebraska passed a corporate tax cut this year, which will gradually reduce its rate to 6.84%.

In 2022, the Iowa legislature will have the opportunity to build on previous tax reform. Priority should be given to reducing personal and corporate income taxes and combating property taxes.

It is imperative that the Iowa legislature continue to practice budget conservatism through sound budgeting. Governor Reynolds and the Republican-led legislature deserve credit for conservative budgeting.

Currently, Iowa is expected to have a surplus of over $ 500 million. In addition, there is a lot of money available for a rainy day, including $ 817.9 million combined in the cash reserve fund and the economic emergency fund and $ 316.4 million in the fund. taxpayer assistance.

In addition to keeping spending levels low, policymakers should also look at Iowa’s many tax credits and incentives. Lower tax rates are much better than relying on a tax code dominated by credits and incentives that benefit selected particular interests.

Governor Reynolds even said the ultimate goal is to eliminate income tax from Iowa. Eliminating income tax is a laudable political goal, but states like Utah, North Carolina, and Indiana have passed pro-growth tax reforms without eliminating their income taxes. Iowa’s goal should be to continuously lower tax rates.

Lowering tax rates may take time, but policymakers should consider several policy tools such as revenue triggers, gradual rate cuts, elimination of unnecessary tax credits and incentives, expansion of the sales tax base, among other things, as measures to help reduce rates. When it comes to triggers, policymakers need to be careful not to repeat the 2018 mistake, which unnecessarily created obstacles to lowering rates.

Finally, lawmakers have the opportunity to tackle Iowa’s high property taxes. High property taxes are not only burdensome and damaging to the taxpayer, but they also hamper economic growth. Fortunately, there is a solution that will benefit all Iowa property taxpayers.

This year, Kansas and Nebraska both passed laws inspired by the Utah Tax Truth Act. Utah’s law is considered the most taxpayer-friendly property tax law in the country, making it the gold standard for reform. Utah’s Tax Truth Act is income-based, which means that when assessments go up, property tax rates go down. The Tax Truth Act ensures that each tax entity receives the same property tax revenues as the previous year, including new growth. This prevents local governments from getting a windfall because valuations have gone up.

Through the Truth Tax Process, local governments must justify why they want to raise taxes for additional spending. A crucial aspect of Utah law is a direct notification requirement, where notices are sent to taxpayers, providing information about the proposed tax increase and its impact on their tax bill. It also includes the date, time and location of the Tax Truth Budget Hearing. Kansas is already enjoying success because many local tax authorities do not increase tax rates.

The most difficult obstacle to tax reform will be the need for policymakers to say ‘no’ to the many vested interests arguing for new or additional spending. Whether it’s income taxes or local property taxes, spending is the main driver of high tax rates.

Navigating future tax reform won’t be easy, but Iowa can’t afford to get complacent and fall behind as other states become more competitive by enacting growth-friendly tax reforms. The goal of the 2022 legislative session should be to put Iowa taxpayers first.

John Hendrickson is director of policy at the Tax Education Foundation of Iowa.

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New U.S. COVID-19 Rules for International Travel – ABC4 Utah

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration is rolling out new international travel policies affecting Americans and non-citizens who wish to travel to the United States. The goal is to restore more normal air travel after 18 months of disruption caused by COVID-19.

The general rules, which come into effect in November, will replace a mishmash of confusing restrictions. Some details of the plan announced on Monday are being worked out, but here are some questions and answers on what to expect:


All adult foreign nationals traveling to the United States will need to be fully immunized before boarding their flight. This is in addition to the current requirement that travelers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure to the United States.

Once the vaccination requirement is in place, the White House relaxes all country-specific restrictions on international travel that have barred non-nationals who have stayed in the UK, EU, China, India , in Iran, Republic of Ireland, Brazil or South Africa within 14 days of entering the United States


Fully vaccinated Americans will only have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of leaving for the United States


U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are not fully vaccinated will still be able to travel to the United States, but they will see more stringent testing and contact tracing protocols. They will need to be tested within 24 hours of boarding a flight to the United States, as well as being tested upon their return to the country. It remains to be seen, however, how the federal government will enforce the return testing requirement.


The new US policy only requires adult foreign nationals to be fully vaccinated to enter the United States.


CDC Says United States Will Accept Full Travel Vaccination With Any COVID-19 Vaccine Approved For Emergency Use By The World Health Organization, Including Those From Pfizer, Moderna And Johnson & Johnson Used In States -United. Other vaccines are also approved by the WHO and widely used around the world, including from AstraZeneca and Chinese Sinovac, with varying degrees of effectiveness against COVID-19 and its more transmissible delta variant. WHO is reviewing Russian vaccine Sputnik V but has not approved it.


Adit Damodaran, economist for travel research firm Hopper, predicted that rising demand would likely lead to higher airfares on flights from Europe, although the rush to book flights may be slowed by the variant. delta and the high rates of COVID-19 in the United States. increase in prices, this would mark a reversal in prices since the start of the pandemic.


The CDC will require airlines to collect passenger information and provide it to the health agency if it is to conduct contact tracing. Airlines had resisted a similar change last year, when it was proposed by the CDC and ultimately blocked by the Trump administration.


The administration’s restrictions on crossing the land borders from Mexico and Canada to the United States are to remain unchanged for the time being. This means that in some cases, fully vaccinated people from the two American neighbors will soon be able to fly to the United States, but may not be able to make the same trip by car.


Analysts and industry officials believe this will help. The United States Chamber of Commerce has said lifting current restrictions on international travelers will help sustain a recovery in the US economy. Prior to Monday, the United States was set to lose $ 175 billion in export revenue from international visitors this year, according to the US Travel Association.


They made it easier for Americans to visit Europe than the other way around. International travel to the United States in August was down 54% from two years ago, and arrivals of non-U.S. Citizens were down 74%, according to Airlines for America.


There is pent-up demand among business travelers from Europe. Foreign executives who have been vaccinated will no longer have to prove that their trip to the United States serves the American “national interest” – a process that takes time.


Koenig reported from Dallas. Associated Press writer Mike Stobbe in New York contributed to this report.

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Swedish family travels to Utah for innovative brain implant


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) – An 11-year-old girl travels to Utah to become the first European child to receive innovative brain implant treatment for epilepsy.

The young girl, Edith, was deprived of her childhood due to a lifelong struggle with severe seizures. Her family say Edith has been ill for over four years now, and almost lost her life at one point due to an uncontrolled seizure.

Her family first noticed the disease when Edith was 7 years old. She came home from school one day feeling very ill with a high fever, excessive loss of energy and flu-like symptoms. The situation worsened when she was found shaking uncontrollably with blood in her mouth, unable to wake up.

Edith spent a month in a Swedish intensive care unit completely sedated, with doctors unable to control her tremors and raging fever. Her family believed she would not make it out alive. Fortunately, Edith was able to wake up, but her life has been radically changed since this first epileptic episode.

Her family were desperate to find a solution and discovered a tunnel of light while listening to a podcast.
They overheard a conversation about an innovative pacemaker with Dr. Robert Bollo, surgical director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.

The invention, called the NeuroPace RNS, is an epilepsy device that offers personalized treatment by responding to abnormal brain activity. The device is FDA approved, but was not available in Sweden, so Edith’s family flew to Utah, in hopes that the innovative implant device could finally bring their lives back to life. girl.

“She doesn’t really have a life right now and that’s what we’re fighting to give her. But whatever crises do to him is even worse. She can’t ride a bike, play with her friends, as soon as we try to do something she has horrible seizures and they knock her out and affect her cognition, mood and well-being … so she doesn’t never smells good, ”Carl says Molstad Edith’s father.

Edith was able to surgically implant the device in June and doctors are still monitoring her reaction to the procedure. She is scheduled for an update visit in December. The pacemaker’s journey is not instantaneous, they say, and only time will tell if Edith can finally stop struggling and enjoy her childhood again.

About 30 NeuroPace RNS devices have been implanted in Utah, with the battery requiring replacement after eight years. Edith’s family doesn’t know what the future holds or if Edith will need this device for the rest of her life, but they hope surgery will be the answer to all their prayers.


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Former Utah lawmaker plans to build luxury desert golf course, locals are not thrilled

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If you build a world class golf course in the southern Utah desert, will they come?

That’s the $ 10 million bet that the Kane County Water Conservation District is hoping to place with other people’s money.

Led by retired Republican lawmaker Mike Noel, the Water District plans to build a luxury course outside of Kanab – where few residents seem interested in losing $ 100 or more on a round of golf – to attract even more tourists to Kane County.

Earlier this summer, Noel convinced the Utah Community Impact Board, or CIB, to authorize a low-interest $ 10 million loan to fund his golfing dreams, but the proposal has many obstacles. to cross. Before that money is released and the project can move forward, Noel must partner with Kane County to manage the golf course and with the state, which owns half of the 200 acres that Noel has. proposed for the project.

Now, the Kane County River Basin District is competing for this land with at least two other development proposals, submitted last month to the Utah School and Institutional Trust Land Administration, or SITLA.

But such uncertainties do not prevent the small rural hydraulic district from embarking on luxury golf. Last year, she paid world-renowned golf course architect David McLay Kidd $ 75,000 to develop preliminary plans for a course on the shores of the district’s Jackson Flat Reservoir. It’s money well spent, according to Noel.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Representative Mike Noel, R-Kanab, center, in 2016.

Noel retired from the Utah legislature in 2019 after spending 16 years in the House, where he was a major influence on public land issues, lobbied for the transfer of these lands and associated roads to the state, defended the Lake Powell pipeline project, and led opposition to national monument designations.

A former member of the Bureau of Land Management, he operates a ranch in Johnson Canyon, where the controversial pipeline is said to discharge 4,000 acre-feet of water.

“We are in the process of making the transition across southern Utah to a tourist community. This is what we do, whether we like it or not, ”Noel told CIB at its July 1 meeting. “So we are trying to be one step ahead of this project.

The rare profitable golf course?

While most public golf courses require substantial grants, Noel argues his would pay for itself by attracting thousands of discerning high-end golfers to stay in Kanab for a few days. So even if the green fees don’t cover all operating expenses, these big spenders will leave enough money in Kanab – a tourist economy town in the heart of southern Utah’s national parks – for the investment. worth it.

That’s a lot of wishful thinking, critics say, who argue that the golf course represents a misuse of public money and resources.

“It is unwise to spend more than $ 10 million of our public revenue to build infrastructure that few people in our community will use,” said Sky Chaney, a Kanab resident, who heads a local taxpayer association. “The construction of this project will prevent the construction of other projects that will further benefit the residents of our community. “

(Kane County Water Conservancy District) A render produced by architect David McLay Kidd provides a preliminary design for an 18-hole luxury golf course project that retired Utah lawmaker Mike Noel is looking to build at the outside Kanab.

Chaney also doubts Noel’s golf course attracts enough golfers to afford it. Not only is Kanab difficult to access compared to other destinations near St. George, he noted, but its summers are hot and winters cold.

“Most serious golfers are careful to choose courses where access is not difficult and the weather is good for golfing,” said Chaney. “Kanab is not an ideal place for either of these two requirements.”

In a survey of county residents commissioned by the Taxpayers Association, 93% of those polled said they oppose the use of public money and local water to be used on a course. luxury golf.

A green island in a red desert

Critics are also unhappy with the planting of water-guzzling greens and fairways in a desert at a time when Utah’s water resources are drying up in the face of an unrelenting drought. But Noel says the course would be irrigated with 319 acre-feet of water that would otherwise go onto the alfalfa fields.

“None of these waters is culinary water. The diversion point is on Kanab Creek. It’s below the area where the city’s water is taken, ”Noel said. “It’s not just a golf course. It’s also a very, very sophisticated design course to save water as much as possible.

The Utah CIB distributes millions in grants and loans from a revolving fund funded by federal mining revenues. By law, this money must be spent on projects in the communities where these revenues are generated on projects intended to mitigate the impacts associated with mining.

Impact board staff warned the board that Noel’s loan request did not match CIB’s mission, but the board approved it after hearing Noel’s speech.

“It seems to be a project that is well outside a water development mission. In reality. I’m not sure this is the right entity to apply for a golf course, ”CIB staff member Candace Powers told the board. “Golf courses don’t necessarily generate income and, in fact, are very expensive to maintain. “

(Kane County Water Conservancy District) Retired Utah Lawmaker Mike Noel proposes to build a luxury golf course at this site outside of Kanab on state-owned land next to Jackson Flat Reservoir. In his role as director of the Kane County Water Conservation District, he obtained approval for a $ 10 million loan from the Utah Community Impact Board to build the course designed by David McLay Kidd.

Impact dollars typically fund basic facilities and infrastructure, such as upgrading roads, public safety equipment, sewers, and building prisons. CIB has embarked on economic development projects in recent years, which has resulted in controversy and at least one lawsuit.

CIB has funded four golf courses in the past, including one now defunct in Kanab, according to Christina Davis, spokesperson for CIB’s parent agency, Department of Workforce Services.

Focus on an influx of tourists

At the July meeting, CIB unanimously agreed to grant the water district a loan of $ 10 million over 30 years at an interest rate of 1%. Noel said the repayment money would be tied to Kane County’s Transitional Room Tax (TRT) revenues, so if the golf course’s revenues aren’t enough to pay off the loan, the district could fall back on this solid revenue stream from hotel stays.

In other words, federal money funds the project and a tourist tax reimburses it. Under this plan, Kane County taxpayers and water taxpayers are not affected. Unless, of course, golfers don’t show up to play in sufficient numbers and the county has to bail out the golf course.

That won’t be a problem, Noël assured CIB. District consultant Z. Gordon Davidson conducted a market analysis that predicts the price will host 18,000 turns in the first year and stabilize at 25,000 turns in the fourth year. At $ 100 per spin, the net operating income at this level of play would be $ 802,000.

Noel told CIB that Kane County was participating in the project as a partner and that the county commission had approved the use of TRT’s income to the tune of $ 350,000 per year to repay the loan. This is the amount the district would have to pay to repay a $ 10 million loan at 1% interest, he said.

Noel also claimed that district attorney Rob Van Dyke, who is also the elected attorney for Kane County, drafted an interlocal agreement regarding the governance of the golf course.

“In the agreement, there would be a council. The board of directors would be composed of members of the [Kanab] City Council, the [Kane] County Commission, ”Noel told CIB. “The departmental commission wants it. That’s what they told us. They want to be the engine of the recreational part. “

All of this came as news to the Kane County Commission, which issued a letter to the public clarifying its current situation.

County Kane is still on the fence

In a recent interview, Commissioner Brent Chamberlain said Kane County had only just started doing due diligence and was nowhere near committing TRT revenue for the golf course or even participating in the golf course. as a partner. He also said he had not seen any draft interlocal agreements and did not expect the county to complete an independent analysis.

“There is no agreement between the county and the water district at the moment,” he said. “It’s a bit premature. In fact, it is premature to say that it is done and that the riding will support it. If it all comes back and says it’s a worthwhile thing to do, we can do it, but it hasn’t happened.

He warned that the water district’s market analysis “paints a pretty rosy picture” and the county needs to conduct a separate study. His hope is that the course doesn’t require a cent of TRT money to pay off the CIB loan, let alone the $ 350,000 per year that Noel is looking for.

“It would be nice if he could support himself,” Chamberlain said. “Is part of the equation economically viable? Would he be able to stand on his own feet? Would he get to that point, hopefully soon enough, where he wouldn’t demand those kinds of payments from the county? “

All of these questions will be moot if the school trust land managers decide to partner with someone else to develop the land. These officials are required by law to seek the maximum financial return on the 3.4 million acres they oversee, which in this case may not be a golf course.

After Noel looked to lease the 100-acre parcel, SITLA went looking for better deals, according to Kyle Pasley, a property manager at SITLA’s St. George office. Two proposals were submitted by the September 1 deadline and are currently under review.

“We review them through our board of directors and our real estate committee,” Pasley said. “A decision will be made based on what is in the best financial interest of the [school] confidence.”

SITLA’s board is expected to select a winner at its November 18 meeting.

Update, September 20, 2021 This story has been updated to include information regarding the number of golf courses that the Utah Community Impact Board (CIB) has funded in the past.

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Ukraine prepares for Winter Olympics bid – Sports Talk Florida


The next available Winter Olympics will be in 2030.

It looks like Ukraine is very keen on hosting a Winter Olympics and Ukrainian officials are ready to meet with members of the International Olympic Committee and explain why the country should host the event in 2030. Salt Lake City, leaders Utah politicians and business people want the 2030. Winter Games too. Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. Salt Lake City organizers got the money to host the event thanks to a bailout from President Bill Clinton’s administration of around $ 1 billion afterwards. that the head of the local Olympic committee, Mitt Romney, begged congressional leaders to send money to Salt Lake City to save the Games.

An Olympic candidate needs an incredible amount of support from government and television in the form of billions of dollars of public money and a lot of money for television. The Olympic bidder also needs marketing money. In the case of Salt Lake City, the US television and platform network Comcast is reportedly paying billions of dollars to the Olympics in exchange for programming. No government wanted to subsidize a candidacy for the 2026 Winter Olympics, although Italy softened its stance and helped Cortina’s candidates secure that event. IOC President Thomas Bach has said that the press is the enemy of the IOC and is the reason why cities withdrew from bidding for the Olympics. The IOC failed to find enough interested cities for the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics and was forced to give the 2024 Games in Paris and the 2028 Games in Los Angeles. The IOC has identified Queensland in Australia as the ideal location for the 2032 Summer Olympics and has apparently awarded the event to the region without a tender. The IOC has launched a policy of “continuous dialogue without engagement” with potential candidates. Donors in Sapporo, Japan, Vancouver, Canada and Barcelona, ​​Spain could also go after the 2030 event. The race is on.

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Gardeners, beware! Severe frost is expected in parts of Utah on Monday evening


Temperatures will start to climb on Tuesday.

Trent Nelson | Hikers from Salt Lake Tribune in a snowy landscape near Jordan Pines in Big Cottonwood Canyon on November 2, 2014. Severe frost is expected in parts of Utah Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Unusually cool Monday temperatures will turn positively cold Monday evening, with severe frost expected in parts of Utah, according to the national meteorological service.

The cold air mass moving through the state caused temperatures to drop 10 to 15 degrees below normal Monday with an expected high of just 63. Hard frost is expected between midnight Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Bear River Valley, the Wasatch Dos, the Sanpete Valley and Sevier River Valleys.

There is also the possibility of severe freezes in Cache Valley and parts of Iron County. Temperatures of 28 and below are expected, and the towns of Huntsville, Park City, Heber City, Woodruff, Randolph, Garden City, Manti, Ephraim, Mount Pleasant, Panguitch, Circleville and Koosharem could all be affected.

Frost could kill crops and other sensitive plants and stands and damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

It’s a taste of fall – the first day of fall is Wednesday – and it’s only temporary. Temperatures are expected to rise during the week.

The normal Sept. 20 high in Salt Lake City is 79 degrees, gradually decreasing to 76 over the next week. Current forecasts call for highs in the 70s on Tuesday, in the upper 70s on Wednesday, and in the 80s on Thursday through Sunday.

The St. George area will benefit from a one-day break from the heat, with a high of nearly 86 on Monday. Then it’s back to the low to mid 90s Tuesday through Sunday.

There is no precipitation in the forecast.

According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Air quality will be green / good through Wednesday in Cache, Carbon, Duchesne, Iron, Tooele, Uintah, Washington and Weber / Box Elder counties.

Forecasts are green / good Monday in Salt Lake, Davis and Utah counties, changing to yellow / moderate Tuesday and Wednesday.


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Utah residents use the most water of any western state. They also pay some of the lowest water rates.


When a St. George homeowner turns on his sprinklers in midsummer, the water that turns green on his lawns has already traveled from mountain springs and wells through an 850-mile pipeline system.

The 50 million gallons of water used in the southwestern Utah city on a peak summer day has already been stored in one of 22 tanks and propelled by one or more of the 16 stations overpressure pumping. It was treated and distributed to homes through city water pipes.

Owner-paid utility bills for all of this infrastructure in one of the driest parts of the country, however, are modest. The water utility charges less than $ 2 for every 1,000 gallons of water city residents use to irrigate their gardens, even if a household uses tens of thousands of gallons per month.

In Moab, rates are lower, with water users paying between $ 1.13 and $ 1.88 per 1,000 gallons of water per month in midsummer, even if a single homeowner uses more than 60 000 gallons.

Utah as a whole, 88% of which currently experiences exceptional drought conditions, has the highest per capita municipal water use in the United States. Zach Frankel of Utah Rivers Council believes it’s because of the low water prices the Utahns pay.

“Utah is the second driest state in the country,” he said, “and we have the cheapest water in the United States. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.”

The low tariffs enjoyed by water users in Utah, including on the Wasatch front, are something of an anomaly in the arid West. In Phoenix, for example, water users pay a small monthly connection fee and then get their first 7,000 gallons of water for free, which is more water than typical household use for indoor needs like cooking, cleaning and showering.

But if residents are using more than 7,000 gallons – to, say, water a large green lawn – then the rates are skyrocketing. Phoenix homeowners who use more than 10,000 gallons per month pay more than $ 12 per 1,000 gallons, which is ten times more than a resident of Moab. Even rain-drenched Seattle, Washington has water rates almost three times higher than many communities in Utah.

The disparate rates likely influence the landscaping decisions made by homeowners. In Phoenix, the average resident uses 111 gallons per day, according to the most recent analysis by the US Geological Survey. In Washington County, Utah, where St. George is located, the average resident uses 306 gallons per day.

“If you drive 90 minutes,” Frankel said, “away from Washington County in Las Vegas – where you have the same hydrogeography, the same climate, the same patterns of water precipitation from the sky – water consumption is nearly a third of water use in Washington County.

Utahns pay lower water prices and higher property taxes

But just looking at utility bills to determine the cost paid by Utah water users is misleading. Utah’s extensive network of reservoirs, pipelines, canals, treatment facilities, and water pipes are just as expensive to build and maintain as they are in neighboring states.

Utah residents pay low water rates – “artificially low,” according to Frankel – because most of Utah’s water districts are heavily subsidized by property taxes.

When you pay taxes on a Utah home, business appraisal, or even automobile, chances are that some of that money will be used to fund water infrastructure owned by municipal suppliers or to wholesalers who sell water to cities. A 2019 report from the Utah Foundation found that 90% of Utahns live in a jurisdiction that collects property taxes for water.

The Washington County Water District, for example, a water wholesaler and retailer that supplies water to St. George, collected two-thirds of its revenue from property taxes and impact fees, according to a bulletin that he published in 2015. Only 22% of his income came from utility bills. Water wholesalers who are funded by property taxes often store, transport and treat water before selling it to municipalities at a reduced rate, allowing local water utilities to charge less on utility bills .

The Utah Rivers Council conducted a survey of the watershed districts in the western United States and found Utah to be an exception in this regard. Most of the river basin districts studied do not levy any property taxes, and those that do often use bonds that are voted on by taxpayers and expire when the debt is paid off. The property taxes that fund the vast majority of Utah’s river basin districts, by contrast, are permanent and are not subject to voter approval.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lone Rock in Lake Powell, Sunday September 6, 2020 and Tuesday August 3, 2021.

“By nature unfair”

In addition to doing little to encourage conservation, the use of property taxes to subsidize water supplies creates an “inherently unfair” situation, according to Robin Rothfeder, assistant professor of natural resource policy at Colorado State University.

As a doctoral student at the University of Utah, Rothfeder studied water use and the socioeconomic status of households in the Salt Lake City area in 2014. He and his colleagues found that in winter, when little water is used for landscaping, postal codes along the Wasatch front used quantities of water, regardless of average income level. During the summers, however, a significant gap appeared. Homeowners in the wealthiest neighborhoods used up to five times more water than those in the poorest neighborhoods.

“The richest homes use a lot more,” said Rothfeder, while “the poorest households pay a higher proportion of their total summer water costs through property taxes, compared to richer people. “.

While Utah’s river basin districts eliminated property tax subsidies and increased utility bills for larger water users by implementing a tiered pricing structure like those used in other Western cities, families in low income would benefit the most, Rothfeder said.

Plus, some of Utah’s biggest water users – churches, schools, universities, municipal golf courses, which are largely exempt from property taxes – are expected to start paying more.

Conservative groups support reform

The idea has the backing of environmentalists and politically conservative groups who support lowering taxes.

The Utah Taxpayers Association argued that removing the subsidies would help Utah better respond to drought conditions. “The total cost of water use should be contained in the prices paid by consumers,” the association argued in a July blog post, “to ensure that consumers are motivated to conserve water. in a desert state “.

The libertarian-leaning Libertas Institute made a similar point by supporting legislation backed by the Utah Rivers Council in 2017 that would have reduced the amount of tax revenue that river basin districts can collect.

“Instead of seeing the real costs on a water bill,” the think tank wrote, “the real costs are hidden in property taxes. Consumers have little incentive to monitor their own consumption because at first glance, water seems extremely cheap. The bill failed in committee before being voted on.

Utah’s powerful water lobby argued that reducing the ability of water districts to collect taxes would limit flexibility to adapt to changing needs and could affect high grades of state bonds. Water managers have also opposed legislation that would restructure the current system, citing substantial disruptions to current tariffs.

In a summary of watershed district reports compiled by the Utah Foundation, eliminating or reducing property taxes could remove all costs of operating water for owners of undeveloped land while other users could see tariffs more than double, a sudden increase in costs that could be difficult for businesses and institutions to absorb.

But Frankel is hoping the matter will gain more attention as Lake Powell surpasses its all-time low and Utah’s population continues to grow rapidly. He also thinks reforming the system makes sense for the Utahns’ wallets. Conservation not only keeps more water in lakes and streams, Frankel said, but it cuts costs.

“The point of reducing water consumption is to save taxpayers’ money,” he said. “When you increase water use, you increase delivery costs; you increase the amount of treatment you need to do … you increase your operating and maintenance costs as a water supplier. Reducing water use is the key to avoiding unnecessary public spending by water districts.

Zak Podmore is a Report for America member of the Salt Lake Tribune Corps. Your matching donation to our RFA grant helps her continue to write stories like this; please consider making a tax deductible donation of any amount today by clicking here.


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Utahns’ selfish opposition to vaccinations shows how far we’ve fallen since 9/11, writes George Pyle

Service to a greater good was the image of patriotism then and irrational selfishness is the ascendant now

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Staff Sergeant Colin Green, a Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, waves the American flag at sunrise on Saturday September 11, 2021 at the Utah Healing Field in Sandy .

If Americans had responded to the September 11 terrorist attacks the way far too many of us face the coronavirus pandemic, not only would Osama bin Laden still be alive, but he would be having tea in the White House.

It’s not that everything our nation has done in the past 20 years is something to be proud of. Torture. CIA black sites. Guantanamo golf course. The Ministry of Homeland Security. Two decades of war in Afghanistan and a totally unwarranted incursion into Iraq.

But the orgy of journalistic memories we have just experienced highlights how much we have changed. How service to a greater good was the image of patriotism then, and how irrational and potentially deadly selfishness takes over now.

Then people waved flags, donated blood, donated to the Red Cross, became firefighters, joined the Marines, raised children who joined the Marines, held annual commemorations, built monuments and impressive museums. It was all about us.

Now it’s all about me, me, me. I don’t want to wear a mask. You can’t get me vaccinated. We have become, for all outward appearances on social media, a petulant 12-year-old nation. And too many of our elected officials, almost exclusively Republicans, are doing it.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox, Attorney General Sean Reyes and Senator Mike Lee have shamefully collapsed under the ignorant fringe of their own Republican Party. They align themselves with the idea that President Joe Biden’s plan to use OSHA as a tool to demand vaccinations or weekly tests as a workplace safety requirement is somehow a threat to our inalienable rights, while the contrary is true.

The Utah Legislature‘s Health and Human Services Committee committee held a public bulls session on Wednesday, raising ideas to block the Biden Ordinance, lending unsatisfactory credibility to the idea that vaccination is a personal choice affecting only the person with the blow to the arm.

It is shameful that our leaders do not take every opportunity available to them to tell their constituents that this is a blatant lie. Our grandchildren – if there are any left – will marvel at how stupid people can be when they are without real leadership.

It is or should be the responsibility of each holder to explain that accepting responsibility for immunization is a fundamental requirement of civilization. That you get the jab for me, and I get it for you, and we both get it for kids who are too young or for people who are immunocompromised and at significant risk of death in a culture of irrational selfishness.

Utah politicians, including State Representative Paul Ray and Senator Jake Anderegg, who promote anti-vaccination medical and biological ignorance – who stand still for the idea that another wave of disease and of death is less threatening to the economy than a simple series of vaccinations – represent a clear and present danger to our society and have been shown to be unfit for public office. It probably won’t matter to their constituents (survivors) in the next election.

At the very least, they should be honest about it and change the name of their panel to the Committee on Death and Human Injury.

It might make sense that the lessons of the War on Terror have left many Americans with distrust of the government, pundits, and government experts that threaten us now. Two decades of being told that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, that the 9/11 hijackers were Iraqi agents when they really came from Saudi Arabia, of accepting the Patriot Act and the permissions military force and warrantless telephone tapping may well leave our national dialogue overshadowed by suspicion.

To be fair to Lee, it should be noted that while many on his side of the aisle totally accept every Big Brother, it is for your good, as since 9/11 our Senior Senator has been courageously skeptical of the regard to all this rotting.

So now the nation that honors the sacrifice of the passengers of Flight 93 – the normal Americans who crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside rather than letting their plane become the missile that would destroy the Capitol or the White House – is seeing passengers who have to be glued to their seats because of their violent objection to the mask rules.

Sweet Zeus, people. No one is asking you to stumble upon a burning skyscraper, give up a lucrative football career to join the military, crash the plane you are on, torture someone, be tortured or even take off your shoes.

All we need is people to make the smallest effort to protect your own life, the lives of your loved ones, your coworkers, and a group of people you will never know. Is it too much to ask?

Apparently, if you’re a Republican from Utah, it is.

George Pyle, reading the New York Times at The Rose Establishment.

Georges pyle, Opinion writer for the Salt Lake Tribune, has vivid memories of the whole city showing up for polio vaccinations. And not to have polio.

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Opening of a new hotel in Djibouti


Accor adds a new flagship property to its portfolio in Africa with Fairmont Djibouti. The hotel, scheduled to open in 2024, will include 155 rooms and 10 serviced apartments, with five food outlets and 1,398 m² of meeting and event facilities.

Located in the city of Djibouti, the capital of Djibouti and one of the richest areas of the country, the property will be strategically located near the Plateau du Serpent beach, offering its visitors a convenient proximity to the port of Djibouti. In addition, the beachfront location will offer guests unparalleled views, making the Fairmont Djibouti the “new trophy asset” of the Djiboutian hotel market.

“Accor has always been a key player in the tourism industry in Africa,” says Mark Willis, CEO of Accor India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, and Djibouti is no exception. We are convinced that this project will greatly benefit the Djibouti hotel landscape with the introduction of one of Accor’s flagship luxury brands, Fairmont, while supporting the government’s efforts for its “Djibouti Vision 2035”.

Accor is partnering with Carnegie Hill Hospitality, a company founded in 2018 which is positioned as a major player in the real estate sector in Djibouti, headed by Ms. Haibado Ismail, and displays the strong ambition to be a leader in the tourism sector through ” greenfield developments and strategic partnerships in all segments of the hotel and real estate sector.

Speaking about this brand new Fairmount project, Ms. Habaido Ismail says: “It’s not about building another hotel. The partnership with Fairmont and Accor underlines our desire to create a unique place, emblematic of Djibouti. At the heart of our approach, there is a desire for authenticity. It is about offering a discovery, a destination in its own right that reflects our rich history, a symbol of our hospitality, our culture, our traditions and our ambitions. It is also about participating in the development of the country, its economy, while offering a hotel complex at the highest level of luxury and service.

In addition to the serviced rooms and apartments, the urban complex project will include an all-day restaurant, a specialty restaurant, a specialty bar, a lobby lounge, a pool bar and grill and a tea room. . There will be 1,389m² of meeting space including a large ballroom designed to accommodate corporate meetings, weddings and social events as well as an events area in the outdoor courtyard that can accommodate up to 400 participants. In addition, the project will include spa and fitness facilities, a Fairmont Gold lounge, lounge, kids’ club, beach water sports center and all the amenities to become a destination.

Once opened, Fairmont Djibouti will welcome guests traveling for leisure and family, while expecting high demand from business, government and military travelers. With the government’s vision for 2035, tourist activity is a priority and aims to attract 500,000 visitors by 2035, eager to visit and discover the exceptional natural heritage of the country, the richness of the seabed, the discovery of the desert, nomadic life, which salt lakes and more.

The group has been in Africa for over 40 years and currently operates 155 properties (26,376 keys), with 85 other properties (16,765 keys) in the pipeline.


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AHIC 2021: Accor confirms its plans for Fairmont Djibouti | New


Accor adds a new flagship property to its portfolio in Africa with Fairmont Djibouti.

The hotel, scheduled to open in 2024, will feature 155 guest rooms and ten serviced apartments, with five food and beverage outlets combined with 1,398m² of event facilities.

Located in the city of Djibouti, the capital of Djibouti and one of the richest areas of the country, the property will be strategically located near the Plateau du Serpent beach, offering its visitors a convenient proximity to the port of Djibouti.

In addition, the beachfront location will offer guests unparalleled views, making the Fairmont Djibouti the “new trophy asset” of the Djiboutian hotel market.

“Accor has always been a key player in the tourism industry in Africa,” said Mark Willis, Managing Director of Accor India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, “and Djibouti is no exception.

“We are convinced that this project will greatly benefit the Djibouti hotel landscape with the introduction of one of Accor’s flagship luxury brands, Fairmont, while supporting the government’s efforts for its Djibouti 2035 vision.”

Accor is joining forces with Carnegie Hill Hospitality, a company founded in 2018 which is positioned as a major player in the real estate sector in Djibouti, led by Haibado Ismail, and displays the strong ambition to be a leader in the tourism sector through “greenfields” “. ”Strategic developments and partnerships in all segments of the hotel and real estate industry.

Speaking of this brand new Fairmount project, Ismail said, “It’s not about building another hotel.

“The partnership with Fairmont and Accor underlines our desire to create a unique place, emblematic of Djibouti.

“At the heart of our approach, there is a desire for authenticity.

“It’s about offering a discovery, a destination in its own right that reflects our rich history, a symbol of our hospitality, our culture, our traditions and our ambitions.

“It is also about participating in the development of the country, its economy, while offering a hotel complex at the highest level of luxury and service.

Once opened, Fairmont Djibouti will welcome guests traveling for leisure and family, while expecting strong demand from business, government and military travelers.

With the government’s vision for 2035, tourist activity is a priority and aims to attract 500,000 visitors by 2035, eager to visit and discover the exceptional natural heritage of the country, the richness of the seabed, the discovery of the desert, nomadic life, which salt lakes and more.


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‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ Season 2, Episode 2


What an absolute rip off. This episode was the visual equivalent of strolling through your drugstore of choice, picking up a bag of Starburst FaveREDS, and opening them at home to find they are exclusively yellow and orange. And not only that, inside each wrapper there is no candy, just Whitney’s disembodied torso mimicking various sex acts and saying “vagina” with her “softer” accent. While usually that would be a funny little chuckle, we were promised the metaphorical red and pink stars of federal criminal activity and the potential inner workings of a cult !! I had to revisit the first two minutes of last week’s episode to keep my head in the game amid all the vaginal updates.

Sidenote: This is not a criticism of the word vagina or contents of the vagina! In fact, I’m impressed that almost all of these women can use the word real without flinching instead of like, vah-jay-jay or some other cutesy faux-coy nonsense popular among the most chaste elite in the world. Utah. There is so much MORE to explore beyond vaginal filling (a medical procedure surely offered at Beauty Lab + Laser, and if not – Heather, here’s a free idea).

Anyway, we open up on my favorite part of each episode: “Three clips” (not sold on that name yet, still in the workshop). This is where editors sneak in some ridiculous appetizers to whet our collective whistle. How else would we know that Mary’s son is a Yoplait cat but is still trying to find out where he stands on Evian vs. cure the sadness of John Barlow (remember our mnemonic device: THEIHER = THEost voIthis HERd husband)? Plus, Barlow’s younger generation is clearly up to something. Nothing says an evil conspiracy than playing with a tub of hair gel while sporting a new induction cup.

In Park City we have yet another tour of Barney’s Warehouse 2014 operating from Shah Chalet. Stu Chainz makes her first appearance, expressing concerns about Jen’s growing shoe collection as if perhaps she is a little too showy about funds that they might or might not steal from innocent people. Jen’s nephew Dwayne asks her why she has all this and that’s a VALID QUESTION, SIR. Dwayne is actually living with Jen after she left him reading for months when he asked for help getting him and his mother out of South Central. She agrees to donate a bunch of unwanted clothes because Ramadan is approaching and she has prayed a lot and thought about the positive things in her life and tries to push away the negativity. So naturally, she FaceTimes Heather to see if they can reunite and maybe mend their friendship after Jen compares Heather to Shrek and a manatee. And Jen wonders why she doesn’t have any friends ?!

Speaking of Jen’s enemies, Meredith is back on her bullshit. And by bullshit I mean wearing blazers indoors, swallowing merlot in goblets and snuggling up to the goatee that Seth dramatically reveals after taking off his Lana Del Rey x Donda racing look. They discuss how Jen still enjoys tweets about Brooks’ sexuality while her journey is none of her business. Seth thinks there may be some misunderstanding, and no, that wasn’t the answer to Meredith, my boy. She gets mad at how good retweeting something is as good as saying it and that she’s going to go wild on Jen. Meredith promises it’s gonna end ugly for her, and wow, we’ve got a regular Tiresias on our hands. I’m tempted to end the recap here and look for allegorical precedents of Meredith that could potentially cause Jen legal trouble with this prophecy.

Alas, the show must go on because Mary Cosby is renovating her house, a project that sincerely excites me. Sure, the entrepreneur Cousin Joe can take six years to get the job done, but can you even imagine what this woman is going to do? I’m tempted to say you can only get up from Large comfortable sofa kitchens, dog-run lounges and the ghost of a 19th-century ballerina trapped in every lamp, but Mary continues to push the boundaries of gruesome interior choices. Imagine that you take “Name one thing in this Photo”And using an endless tub of untaxed church dollars to apply its aesthetic over 20,000 square feet. I would watch a full HGTV spin-off, extra credit if there is a Fair gemstones-esque rogue exhibition subplot. Back in “reality”, Mary is now a licensed gynecologist, upset that her son no longer listens to his lessons on vaginal flora and non-fishy girlfriends. No extra jokes are needed for this one.

Back in Shahlet, we finally have Stewart and Lisa discussing a CBD deal and a potential accomplice filmed and JUST KIDDING. Jennie and Lisa collide with “AMERICA I LOVE YOU” traffic signs and cat carriers full of sewing supplies. Lisa no longer poops, fartes or releases any other biological waste. She just has a little rumble in her stomach and pulls out a Vida Tequila gift bag. So, of course, there are a few in tow as well, which is great because it’s time to rehash the vagina-gate once again. Lisa tells Jen about Shabbat last week in hopes Jen will agree to apologize to Meredith. Jen says it wouldn’t have been a problem if Brooks hadn’t said anything derogatory about her vagina and “she just liked funny stuff.” Lisa believes they can have the healing, but Jen doesn’t like to apologize again for saying the healing. There’s a Jen apologizing supercup in the past, and I’m pretty sure those were all excuses for Jen telling people that Meredith was cheating on Seth? Either way, for the sheer volume of mirrors everyone is packed into, there seems to be surprisingly limited self-reflection!

Quick vagina flash update. Heather trades Whitney a free shopping spree for a full tank of gas before she meets Jen and says her beaver hasn’t been knitted for a while. Jennie explains that even though Duy wants more kids, she’s sick of doing everything except wiping his ass, and besides, if her family grows, her vagina would be about the size of a balloon. regulation volleyball. Duy even asks nine-year-old Karlyn if she wants a little brother, and she says “no”. LEGENDARY. I’m with Karlyn (ugh, and I’m guessing with Jennie’s vagina vicariously.) On the opposite end of the spectrum, Whitney’s vagina isn’t filling properly. She’s clearly going through great cognitive dissonance because her mind is saying, “Baby, I can’t right now, bosses don’t just build billion dollar businesses without fuss, time and illusion in equal parts.” , and her vagina said, “Mom turns into horny cranky skin without her required DAILY dose of Justin.” All of you, what must we collectively do to have Esther Perel make an appearance at the meeting? At this point I will do it. We need more or less general interventions.

Finally, it’s time for Jen and Heather to waddle in the last scene of The brilliant so they can chop up their shit. Overall, Heather is upset that Jen is doing things behind her back, like calling her a racist, and wants to know why she “pulled this card in such a busy time.” Heather, no! If you show up mature and ready to apologize, you can simply apologize for the microaggression incident that hurt your best friend, explain how you found out about the subtext of the word ‘aggressive’ in is about women of color, then listen to Jen to solve that specific problem INSTEAD of getting all weird and acting like Jen is walking around with a big scarlet R to stick to you all the time.

Either way, Jen seems to feel heard about the racial dynamics of their friendship. They may have solved this privately because, against all odds, these two seem like real friends – I hope Heather lawyer! But of course, it doesn’t end there as there are also allegations that Jen referred to Heather as a marine mammal / Honey Boo Boo. Heather has screenshots from Instagram DMs, and Jen is now EXTRA mad because Heather has to trust her and not believe just anyone. So if Jen claims she didn’t, is she saying Stewart is a Chaos Lord in her account? Or that someone else is doing some elaborate Photoshop work? Both are more plausible than I’d like to admit, but overall it looks like a real razor of Occam’s blue-checkered insults. Long story short, Heather says she loves Jen and promises to be her friend if she stops the big back stabbing jokes. Jen promises to change the way she communicates, then throws churros straight into an open flame. A metaphor? You decide.

As a farewell gift, here are the archives of “Talking Facts of Life with Mary Podcast: Let’s Talk Real.” Real facts about life in the real world. I choked four hours and haven’t heard Mary speak once, but I will continue to pray to my higher power of choice that we can listen to her cry and praise a run out of HelloFresh ad. blast by the end of the season.


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‘Remember the 43 Students’ art installation, series of events about missing students comes to DSU – St George News


ST. GEORGE – To mark the seventh anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students who went missing after visiting Iguala, a city in the state of Guererro in Mexico, Steve Lee, the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Dixie State University is producing a series events at the university.

Photo of the characters who make up the installation “Remember the 43 Students” at Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, date unspecified | Courtesy of Dr Steve Lee, St. George News

The students, who attended Raul Isidro Burgos Teachers’ College, traveled to Igaula on September 26, 2014 to secure buses to Mexico City.

Instead, after attending a political rally in the town square, they were reportedly forced into police trucks and were never seen again.

Seven years later, the students have joined tens of thousands of other Mexican citizens who have gone missing and whose whereabouts are unknown.

The producer

Photo of the characters who make up the installation “Remember the 43 Students” at Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, date unspecified | Courtesy of Dr Steve Lee, St. George News

Filmmaker Lee came up with the idea of ​​producing an art installation that will be staged in nine campus buildings.

The idea for the installation, which features 43 characters with photos and biographies of each missing student, came while Lee was at the University of Santa Clara, California. But his connection to the material, he said, took root long ago.

“I grew up in El Paso, Texas,” Lee told St. George News. “I worked in a demolition site located 200 feet from the border. I could see the cardboard barracks across the border. This made very clear the boundaries between the haves and have-nots. “

As Lee recounts, one of his colleagues was a Mexican. One day, Lee asked the man, who spoke little English, where he was from.

“And he pointed the finger at the cabins,” Lee said. “At that point, I decided to try to find a way to use education to avoid poverty. “

But when Lee became a filmmaker and earned his own degrees – a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of San Francisco, as well as a master’s and doctorate in communication from the University of Texas – Austin – he felt a sense of kinship with its neighbors. South.

Photo of a reflective figure from the installation “Remember the 43 Students” at Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, date unspecified | Courtesy of Dr Steve Lee, St. George News

This sense of kinship, he said, compelled him to prepare students to become citizens of the world. That’s why he often thinks of the 40 Dixie State University students who traveled to Salt Lake City several months ago to urge lawmakers to vote on a bill to change the name of Dixie State University.

While the reasons for the rallies in Iguala and Salt Lake City may not be comparable, Lee said the results should be carefully considered.

“Our students were allowed to speak out without fear of death or imprisonment,” he said. “Whereas those students who disappeared seven years ago weren’t.”

Lee and others are trying to draw attention to what happens when elected officials become corrupt and citizens remain silent. His team includes Mexico City-based journalist John Gibler, who has covered extensively on the missing students.

“We’re talking about people who were helpless,” Lee said. “In some cases, they are displaced. In more extreme cases, they are murdered or disappeared.

Silence, Lee said, can become a form of acceptance when violence is used as a political tactic.

“And that is why we cannot allow leaders, wherever they are, to act with impunity,” he said. “Through this series of events, I try to get students to see with their heads and their hearts. They may be American, but we still have to speak up when injustices occur. “

Keilani Young assembles booth for one of the figures, St. George, Utah September 14, 2021 | Photo by David Dudley, St. George News

The journalist

Mexico City-based journalist John Gibler has been reporting from Mexico since 2006. He focuses on issues of social movements and political violence. Previously, he had worked as a human rights volunteer in the state of Guerrero since 2000.

“When I saw the headlines about the September 26-27, 2014 police attacks on Ayotzinapa students, I literally couldn’t believe what I read,” Gibler told St. George News. “The first incorrect headline on Saturday September 27, 2014 read: ‘6 dead, 57 students missing.’

On October 3, 2014, Gibler took a bus to Chilpancingo, Guerrero and went to school the next day.

“Due to the confusion in the press and conflicting official statements about the events, I decided to focus my reporting on interviews with survivors and witnesses,” Gibler said.

Since then, he has published numerous articles, like this one, as well as an oral history for City Lights editions. Gibler said the initial investigation, carried out by the government of former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, was in itself an act of administrative enforced disappearance.

“The government lied, tortured, fabricated false evidence and false testimony and destroyed real evidence,” Gibler said, “all to describe a series of events that never happened and thus hide, or cover up , the logic, the motive, the chain of command and the complete list of the participants in the attacks.

“We know that over 100 city, state and federal police officers have all coordinated to attack, murder and forcibly disappear students,” Gibler continued. “We know the Mexican military was monitoring the attacks in real time and took full control of the city shortly after the police left with the 43 students. We know that the Federal Attorney General’s office committed the atrocities listed above in order to cover up the government’s involvement in the attacks.

The current administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has completely distanced itself from the previous administration’s investigation, Gibler said. They have issued arrest warrants against numerous federal officials and at least one military officer for their involvement in the crimes.

“The ongoing investigation has located two other small bone fragments belonging to two students in a location half a mile from the landfill that was the center of the cover-up story,” Gibler said.

Lee contacted Gibler to ask if he could use some of Gibler’s text in the original installation in Santa Clara. Gibler will discuss the events and its coverage with Vince Brown, director of the Institute of Politics at Dixie State University, in the Gardner Center ballroom on September 23 at 4 p.m. ET.

When asked why these events matter to him, Gibler said he cares about the world.

“I care about justice,” he said. “I care about people and people’s stories. I believe in investigating and sharing stories that reveal violently hidden truths about our world.

Gibler said he thinks Americans would do well to care about Mexico, a neighboring country that shares 1,954 miles of borders. Utah was part of Mexico until the Treaty of Hidalgo in 1848.

“Mexico shares an incredibly deep and often charged history with the United States,” Gibler said. “I hope people will be inspired to learn more about what happened to the students and their families’ struggles for truth and justice. I also hope that people will be inspired to think critically about the issues of police brutality and social struggle in their own communities. “

The stage store assistant

Dixie State University senior Keilani Young works in the varsity theater stage store. Young, who graduated from Tuacahn High School for the Arts, divides her time between her work in the costume shop at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts and the theatrical store at Dixie State University. A stage salesperson, she will have spent around 40 hours painting and making materials that will allow the characters to stand in their place on campus.

“What turns me on about a project like this is that I can use my skills to build something that serves a story,” Young told St. George News.

Young grew up near Logan, Utah, so she’s not very familiar with the events that inspired the installation. When the numbers arrived, Young said she called them “the shadow guys,” which seems fitting. After spending over 30 hours cutting and assembling their stands, she has come to call them figurines.

In some ways, she is the installation’s primary audience, as she moves the characters around the store. After assembling a minifigure that displays a photo of Martin Getsemany Sanchez Garcia, one of the missing, she moves it near the center of the workshop. She plants the stand, then steps back to assess her work. Once satisfied, she moves the figure into a dark recess near the elevator.

“With a project like this, I feel like I’m building a world,” she said. “As I learn more about the numbers, the more I feel like I’m building to create mood and tone. If I feel it, I can do it.

Visit their site for a list of special events taking place over the next two weeks.

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$ 80,000 stolen from retail program + fatal shooting deemed justified


Happy Monday, people of Salt Lake City! Here’s everything you need to know that’s happening locally today.

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First of all, the weather forecast for the day:

Clear all day. High: 63 Low: 45.

Here are today’s best stories in Salt Lake City:

  1. A West Valley City the man was arrested for carrying out an organized retail crime scheme and was found with over $ 80,000 in stolen retail goods. The Utah Attorney General‘s Office‘s The Economic Crimes Unit, CASE (Crimes Against Statewide Economy) identified the suspect as 45 years old Oscar Martinez. Martinez allegedly had people with drug addiction steal the merchandise on his behalf, and then paid them a fraction of what he would earn by selling them back. (ABC 4)
  2. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill ruled on the fatal shooting of Rezek Yaqub Yahya by officers of the Salt Lake City Police Department as justified. The shooting took place on the morning of June 10 in Pioneer park To 300 W. 300 South. Police were called to the scene shortly after 8:30 a.m. after reporting that a man, later identified as Yahya, 39, stabbed a woman in the park. (KUTV 2News)
  3. Around 100 protesters waving American flags and holding placards denouncing masks and vaccination warrants gathered along the sidewalk of 700 East in Liberty Park Saturday. (Salt Lake City Tribune)
  4. After issuing a money alert on Friday for a local woman with dementia, Salt lake city police have since found her and canceled the alert. (
  5. The opening of a new community of luxury apartments, Town Attics, was announced; the remainder of the development plan includes an increase in residential, office and retail space for the Large salt lake Region. (ABC 4)

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US launches mass deportation of Haitian migrants from Texas – ABC4 Utah

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) – The United States on Sunday returned Haitians camped in a Texas border town to their homeland and attempted to prevent others from crossing the border into Mexico in a massive show of force that marked the start of what may be one of the fastest, largest-scale expulsions of migrants or refugees in decades.

More than 320 migrants arrived in Port-au-Prince on three flights, and Haiti said six flights were expected on Tuesday. In total, US authorities have decided to deport many of the more than 12,000 migrants camped around a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, after passing through the city of Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

The only obvious parallel for such a deportation without the possibility of seeking asylum was in 1992 when the coast guard intercepted Haitian refugees at sea, said Yael Schacher, senior United States lawyer at Refugees International, whose studies of doctoral studies focused on the history of American asylum law.

Likewise, large numbers of Mexicans were sent home during the peak years of immigration, but overland and not so suddenly.

Central Americans have also crossed the border in comparable numbers without facing mass deportations, although Mexico has agreed to accept them from the United States under pandemic-related authority in effect since March 2020. The Mexico does not accept expelled Haitians or people of other nationalities abroad. from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

When the border was closed on Sunday, migrants first found other means to cross nearby until confronted with federal and state law enforcement. An Associated Press reporter saw Haitian immigrants still crossing the river to the United States about 1.5 miles east of the previous point, but they were eventually stopped by border patrol officers on horseback and Texas law enforcement officials.

As they crossed, some Haitians carried crates full of food on their heads. Some took off their pants before entering the river and put them on. Others weren’t afraid to get wet.

Officers shouted at the waist-deep migrants crossing the river to get out of the water. The few hundred who had crossed successfully and were sitting along the bank on the American side were sent to the Del Rio camp. “Go now,” the officers shouted. Mexican authorities aboard an airboat told others who were trying to cross back to Mexico.

Migrant Charlie Jean had returned from the camps in Ciudad Acuña to collect food for his wife and three daughters, aged 2, 5 and 12. He was waiting on the Mexican side for a restaurant to bring him an order for rice.

“We need food for every day. I can do without it, but my kids can’t, ”said Jean, who had lived in Chile for five years before starting the journey north to the United States. It was not known if he had returned to the camp.

Mexico announced on Sunday that it would also begin to deport Haitians to their homeland. A government official said the flights would come from towns close to the US border and the border with Guatemala, where the largest group remains.

Haitians have migrated to the United States in large numbers from South America for several years, many having left their Caribbean countries after a devastating earthquake in 2010. After jobs have dried up since the Olympic Games d he summer of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, many made the dangerous journey by foot, bus and car to the US border, including through the infamous Darien Gap, a Panamanian jungle.

Some migrants from Del Rio camp said the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti and the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse made them fearful of returning to a country that seemed more unstable than when they left.

“In Haiti, there is no security,” said Fabricio Jean, a 38-year-old Haitian who arrived in Texas with his wife and two daughters. “The country is in a political crisis.

Since Friday, 3,300 migrants have already been evacuated from the Del Rio camp to planes or detention centers, border patrol chief Raul L. Ortiz said on Sunday. He expected 3,000 of the approximately 12,600 remaining migrants to be moved within the day and aimed for the rest to be gone within the week.

“We are working around the clock to quickly move migrants out of the heat, elements and under this bridge to our processing facilities to quickly process and remove individuals from the United States in accordance with our laws and policies,” Ortiz said at a press conference at the Del Rio Bridge. The Texas city of about 35,000 people is located approximately 230 kilometers west of San Antonio.

The United States expected to soon double its daily flights to at least six, according to a US official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The starting cities were still being determined on Sunday.

Six flights were planned in Haiti on Tuesday – three in Port-au-Prince and three in the northern city of Cap-Haitien, said Jean Négot Bonheur Delva, director of migration of Haiti.

The swift deportations were made possible by a pandemic-related authority adopted by former President Donald Trump in March 2020 that allows migrants to be immediately expelled from the country without the ability to seek asylum. President Joe Biden exempted unaccompanied children from the order but left the rest in place.

Any Haitian who is not deported is subject to immigration laws, which include the right to seek asylum and other forms of humanitarian protection. Families are quickly released in the United States as the government generally cannot detain children.

Some people arriving on the first flight covered their heads as they entered a large bus parked next to the plane. Dozens of people lined up to receive a plate of rice, beans, chicken and plantains as they wondered where they would sleep and how they would earn money to support their families.

All received $ 100 and have been tested for COVID-19, although authorities have not planned to quarantine them, said Marie-Lourde Jean-Charles of the National Migration Office.

Gary Monplaisir, 26, said his parents and sister live in Port-au-Prince, but he was not sure he would stay with them because to join him, his wife and their daughter home. 5-year-olds would pass through a gang-controlled area called Martissant where murders are rife.

“I’m scared,” he said. “I don’t have a plan.”

He moved to Chile in 2017, just as he was about to earn an accounting degree, to work as a tow truck driver. He then paid for his wife and daughter to join him. They tried to reach the United States because he thought he could find a better paying job and help his family in Haiti.

“We are always looking for better opportunities,” he said.

Some migrants said they plan to leave Haiti again as soon as possible. Valeria Ternission, 29, said she and her husband wanted to return to Chile with their 4-year-old son, where she worked as a cashier in a bakery.

“I am really worried, especially for the child,” she said. “I can’t do anything here.”


Lozano reported from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, Sanon from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Spagat from San Diego. Associated Press editors Danica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Maria Verza in Mexico City also contributed to this report.


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Maine’s next generation of lobsters are bracing for unprecedented change

Third-generation lobster fisherman Nick Prior was in eighth grade when he started working as a stern fisherman on Aquarius, the lobster boat built by his grandfather. They still fish together in Bremen, in the middle of the Maine coast. But now Nick, who is in his final year of high school, is at the helm as Verge Prior, 77, stuffs the bait bags and bandages their claws with their catch. Between the towpots, Verge jokes that he plans to catch lobster until the end of his life. “Some days I feel it will be tomorrow, other days it seems longer.”

Her grandson wants to carry on the family tradition, but thinks the future of lobster fishing is too uncertain to plan for his life. “There’s no place I’d rather be in summers, fall and spring” than on a lobster boat, says Prior, 17. But he’s also interested in history and hopes to play baseball in college. “In the long run, I don’t see [lobstering] support me, you know, to have the things I want and need in life. “

Prior is one of more than a thousand lobster fishers in Maine who fish with student licenses while in high school or college and working towards getting a business license. State data shows their numbers are down about 10% from their peak four years ago, after rising for nearly a decade. “I know a lot of kids who are leaving now who won’t even be in two or three years,” Prior said.

Maine does not track the number of lobster vessels of any age diversifying into other fisheries or the rapidly growing field of aquaculture, even as those of the next generation face unprecedented uncertainty in the future. share of forces inside and outside the fishery. On the one hand, the cost and effort of complying with evolving regulations aimed at protecting the lobster population and other species.

New rule to protect whales means more costs for lobster boats

The latest federal rule, announced Aug. 31 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is part of a plan to prevent endangered North Atlantic right whales from getting caught in fishing gear by 2030.

The agency estimates that the population decline has accelerated in recent years, with 368 right whales remaining. NOAA has documented 34 right whale deaths since 2017, with at least nine of those fatalities confirmed to have been caused by entanglements in fishing gear, including gear used by the commercial gillnet or lobster and crab fishery on the east coast.

The new NOAA rule requires lobster boats to use gear with state-specific markings that can be traced if a whale is caught, among other changes such as weak spots in fishing lines that allow entangled whales to get stuck. to free. The rule will also allow lobster boats to use so-called cordless gear – an expensive and controversial new technology that is still in its early stages of development – in fishing areas that will be closed in certain seasons.

“The beauty of the lobster industry is that there has been a place for everyone,” said Patrice McCarron, CEO of Maine Lobstermen’s Association. “We risk putting up too many obstacles that are really going to create winners and losers, so it’s scary.”

McCarron says fishermen want to do their part to protect the whales, but she says no Maine lobster fishing gear has ever been confirmed to have caused serious injury or death to a right whale. A spokesperson for NOAA retorts that its scientists are unable to determine the source of most entanglements and that nearly half of the deaths go unobserved.

Lobster boats are encouraged to go “cordless”

On a boat near Kennebunkport, Maine, at the end of July, Lobster fisherman Chris Welch demonstrated new cordless equipment made by a Massachusetts company. It costs around $ 4,000 per trap, several times more than a traditional lobster trap, which typically costs $ 80 to $ 180. Instead of a vertical fishing line suspended between a buoy on the surface and a lobster trap below, it stores a rope on the ocean floor that is deployed on demand using GPS and acoustic signals.

“So far it’s recoverable,” Welch says. “But the challenge with the Maine fishery is that there are 5,000 lobsters and we all fish among ourselves and try not to fish on top of each other. With these units, unless you’re looking at your entire electronics. the day or your iPad, there’s no way of knowing where the next guy is. “

The 33-year-old is against not using a rope and believes the equipment is far from practical or affordable for most lobster boats. “I predict this will become a big boat fishery,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a challenge for new or young guys or even young people to get into the industry because you’re going to have to have a lot of money for start-up costs.”

Federal fisheries managers are hopeful that more lobster vessels try out and help improve cordless gear, with provisions in the new rule designed to speed up research and development. “They have a very successful way of fishing and we challenge it with something unknown – they call it Star wars technology, ”says biologist Colleen Coogan, who heads a NOAA team tasked with reducing whale entanglements. “So far, the steps they have had to take [have] not bankrupt them. And based on our assessment of those measures, it won’t bankrupt them either, as long as the lobster stock remains strong as well. “

There is more than enough lobster now, but not forever

The lobster population in the Gulf of Maine has increased since the late 1980s, according to stock assessments by interstate regulators. The amount of lobster caught and sold in Maine per year has also followed an overall upward trend since then, reaching 132 million pounds in 2016 before dropping in recent years to 96 million in 2020, according to the Department of Marine Resources of the state.

However, research shows that the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than most of the world’s oceans and its lobster population will eventually decline.

“Where we are is probably not a natural or perpetual state of affairs,” says Carla Guenther, chief scientist at the nonprofit Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. Guenther points to other still emerging changes facing the industry, such as a proposed floating offshore wind farm for major fishing grounds, which she sees as a more imminent threat to the viability of the industry. “Apart from the abundance of lobster, we have created a whole socio-economic dependence, even a political framework, around the existence of the lobster and what it means and what it brings to these communities”, she says.

Guenther is part of a research team at the University of Maine that works to measure the resilience of the fishery and the communities that depend on it. A study by a Maine nonprofit found that the Maine lobster industry contributes $ 1 billion to the state’s economy each year and supports some 6,000 jobs on the water and 4 000 on earth. Research on the industry’s vulnerability to change is scarce, especially on young lobster fishers as they envision changes that could put their future at odds with centuries of tradition.

Maine lobsters are disproportionately older and male

About two-thirds of Maine’s more than 4,500 commercially licensed lobster vessels are 40 years of age or older – an imbalance that many call a “graying of the fleet” – and only a small fraction are women, including Meredith Oliver, who is 28 and fishes in Stonington. Oliver was only 15 when she inherited her 36ft lobster boat from her late grandfather after telling him she wanted to fish for life.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do – I feel so comfortable on the water,” says Oliver, adding that she hasn’t diversified her skills and has no other source of income than a winter job to chop wood. Oliver’s business plan is to stay out of debt and keep fishing, even if the way she fishes lobster needs to change. “I leave it in the hands of the Lord, he supports me.”

The choice of whether or not to continue fishing is new for some lobster boats in Maine. Many say it is more and more difficult to do. But they have worked for generations to protect the species, and regulators agree there is still more than enough lobster to fish – for now.

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The Dodge Connection: An Overwhelming Force | Lifestyles


Thomas Emmett Historic General Dodge House

Don’t bring a knife to a shootout. Unless, that is, you have a death wish.

When bottom line matters, strategically savvy people bring nothing less than overwhelming force to a critical situation. This modern American idiom, first heard in the 1987 film “The Untouchables”, would have been useful 150 years ago.

It’s hard to imagine a man as intelligent, accomplished and strategically wise as General Grenville Dodge as having a more cunning or deceitful enemy than those he faced in the Civil War. But he did. And that consumed his life for a long time, as we have yet to imagine.

Dodge is furious. He sacrificed so much. He moved his whole family to the west, settled down, made risky investments, risked his life several times during the civil war, participated in the Indian wars and, as a result, was separated from his family. for a decade.

Right now, Dodge is the chief engineer of the Union Pacific Transcontinental Railroad and things are not going well. A corrupt and temperamental man stands between Dodge and what he would later consider to be the greatest accomplishment of his life. This man is the man who hired him, Thomas C. Durant – doctor, businessman, money man and vice president of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Durant, who continually altered Dodge polls to add more miles to the railroad, also cheated the government and million dollar investors and, potentially, jeopardized the entire project.


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Salt Lake City protesters denounce vaccine and mask warrants


About 100 protesters gathered for the Rally for Freedom to oppose government mandates that aim to protect public health.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Protesters gathered along 700 East in Liberty Park to protest vaccines and masks, as well as other public health measures against the pandemic.

About 100 protesters waving US flags and holding placards denouncing mask and vaccine warrants gathered along the sidewalk of 700 East in Liberty Park on Saturday, making Salt Lake City one of dozens of cities in the world to protest against restrictions related to public health.

The international group World Wide Demonstration on Saturday promoted such events – called Rally for Freedom – everywhere from Denmark to South Africa to Taiwan. The group has held other rallies throughout the pandemic to protest public health mandates as well.

One of the main topics among the protesters was President Joe Biden’s executive order asking companies to require vaccines if the company employs 100 or more people, a move that could affect around 100 million Americans. Federal employees will also be required to show proof of vaccination.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Protesters waving US flags and holding placards denouncing the mask and vaccine warrants gathered along the sidewalk of 700 East in Liberty Park on Saturday, making Salt Lake City one of the dozens of cities around the world protest against public health restrictions, September 18, 2021.

Protester Andrea Woolley, of Sandy, said she “could face a job loss very soon” because of the executive order because she does not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“I’m glad Utah is… standing up against the warrant,” Woolley said, referring to Attorney General Sean Reyes’ opposition to the warrants. Reyes and 23 other state attorneys general signed a letter calling the warrant unconstitutional.

Woolley and the other protesters likened many public health measures put in place during the pandemic to tyranny.

“A government shouldn’t be able to impose anything on humans,” Harris said.

Harris, of Logan, said he thought he and millions of other Americans who contracted COVID-19 and recovered are now protected by natural immunity, much like someone who contracted chickenpox would be. immune to this virus after recovering.

A study from Emory University found that patients who had previously contracted the flu kept “Broad and lasting immunity” months after infection. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that people previously infected without a vaccine were twice as likely to contract COVID-19 again compared to previously infected people who received the vaccine.

Not all protesters aligned with the severity of the pandemic. Harris, who said his symptoms of COVID-19 resembled those of the flu, said the pandemic is a “huge” problem. Woolley said she does not “recognize” the pandemic and has lived life unchanged for the past year and a half.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Protesters waving US flags and holding placards denouncing the mask and vaccine warrants gathered along the sidewalk of 700 East in Liberty Park on Saturday, making Salt Lake City one of the dozens of cities around the world protest against public health restrictions, September 18, 2021.

“I’m dedicated to my own business, to my own life,” said Woolley.

In Utah, 2,776 people died from COVID-19 on Friday and more than 21,000 people were hospitalized for COVID-19. More … than 665,000 people died of the virus nationwide, according to the CDC.

Ray Adams, of Tooele, called the pandemic “tampering” and that he has resisted public health measures against COVID-19 “every hour”.

Adams has said he is not a conspiracy theorist because there are too many facts that he believes prove there is a global organization benefiting from the pandemic.

“I believe the vaccine is how they’re going to purge Americans,” Adams said.


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AG investigators destroy major retail theft case

WEST VALLEY CITY – The Utah Attorney General’s Office (Crimes Against Statewide Economy) CASE unit has arrested a West Valley City man who was profiting from the resale of large quantities of stolen goods to local big box retailers. Officers recovered more than $ 80,000 in brand new power tools, household items and sports equipment intended for illegal sale.

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Oscar Martinez, 45, has been charged with Possession of Stolen Property; 3 counts of illegal acquisition of stolen property and money laundering.

Organized theft in retail is one of the most serious challenges facing retailers this year. Across the country, people load shopping carts with expensive goods and simply steal them. It is estimated that millions of dollars in goods are lost every month across the country. The proceeds are typically sold in online marketplaces, with the money typically used to fund drug addiction.

Martinez would have arranged for drug addicts to steal the goods for him. Agents say he would provide shopping lists for the items at retailers, including Home Depot, then pay a fraction of the value, then resell them online for a profit. They say this illegal operation has been going on for over a year.

“Organized retail crime is a very serious problem in Utah, and it is also a national trend,” said CASE Commander Christopher Walden. “It has become an epidemic and is driving up the costs of these items so that stores can cover their losses. We are committed to continuing to fight these crimes statewide.

CASE is a joint task force between the Utah Attorney General’s Office and the Utah Department of Public Safety, State Office of Investigations. ——

ICAC arrest in Salt Lake County

SALT LAKE COUNTY – Also this week: ICAC officers continued to investigate dozens of tips received regarding citizens distributing child pornography. ICAC officers arrested a man on Wednesday after discovering tens of thousands of cases of child sexual abuse at a residence. Officers also recovered drugs and a gun from the home.

Officers charged Garret Brian Ferrari, 60, with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Firearms and drug offenses will be charged separately. On the spot, Ferrari admitted that it has been collecting these files for years, which corroborates the volume of files recovered. ###


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Salt Lake Room: Let’s Talk Business: Totem Tech


Here’s Derek Miller talking about business. Utah is famous for a lot of things, including our fast growing tech companies. Among those at the cutting edge of technology is Totem Technologies, which started in Weber County in 2005. CEO Alli Bey is here to tell us more about what they do.


Compliant cybersecurity can seem prohibitive for most small businesses. It’s our mission at Totem Technologies to ensure that small businesses get and stay compliant with ever-changing cybersecurity regulations.

Our world has changed dramatically over the past two decades, especially when it comes to data protection. As we all know, “cybersecurity” is now a buzzword around all aspects of business – costing the global economy more than $ 1 trillion last year alone. This is because our adversaries have turned the theft of intellectual property and other personal digital information into a salable commodity.

Whether you are a government contractor, healthcare provider, or anyone entrusted with private information, you are responsible for protecting that data. Failure to properly protect this information can result in civil or even criminal negligence, but it is especially bad for your reputation. We’re here to help educate and train your business so we can all have a more secure digital environment.


Cyber ​​security attacks are on the increase around the world and Utah is not immune. Last year, businesses in our state lost millions of dollars to cybercriminals. To protect your business and learn more, visit the Totem Technologies website. I’m Derek Miller from the Salt Lake House speaking on business.

This press release was produced by the Salt Lake City House. The opinions expressed are those of the author.


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Not everyone is happy Salt Lake City has suspended work on the trails


Public outcry over the new trails crossing the Salt Lake City foothills caused the mayor to put future work on hold, stoking the frustrations of residents who loved the trails and wanted to see more.

Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced on Tuesday that an order she issued in May to stop work on the trail system would last until at least June 2022.

The mayor, city council and city staff have filed numerous complaints about the trails, which deviate from the master plan in some places, are prone to erosion in others and have resulted in the closure of legacy trails on the trails. ridge lines. Other stakeholders called on the city to give more consideration to any impact on the environment and Indigenous history of the foothills.

But strong contingents support the new trail plan and many are disappointed to see the new construction halted.

“It was a well thought out plan,” said Michael Yount, a resident of the city, a former staff member of the Salt Lake Tribune. “Nothing is ever perfect, but they did a great job of separating the traffic with the new trails. “

Opponents of the new trails complained that they were cut to such low levels that they appear to have been built with cyclists in mind, not hikers.

Yount disagrees. He argued that new and future trails built for downhill cycling only help reduce conflict between users.

“They created a much nicer trail for hiking and biking,” he said.

Yount added that he had not blamed the mayor for suspending future track work, given all the outcry.

But “I have the impression that it is a vocal minority” which complains, he says. “… Daily users do not put up road signs. “

Nancy Schmaus, head coach of the Salt Lake City Composite Mountain Bike Multi-School Team, said she was excited about the plan for new trails as the foothills became increasingly crowded.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) A mountain biker shares the MeadowTrail with a pair of hikers in the Salt Lake City foothills on Friday, September 17, 2021.

“Space is really limited to allow us to ride Salt Lake,” she said. “My kids are bored walking the same trails.”

She added that interest in mountain biking is increasing, particularly amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cycling has allowed children and adults to recreate themselves outdoors at safe distances. This year, she had to turn 20 children away from the team because she lacked the capacity to keep up with the influx of interest.

“The demand is increasing,” Schmaus said. “Now we are remitting [trail work] for a whole other year? “

The coach added that the city was “late” with building trails compared to nearby mountain bike magnets like Park City and Corner Canyon.

She also pointed out that the city had started planning its new 106 mile foothills trail map several years ago – a process that included public education and gathering of feedback.

“Then they start cutting the trails and all of a sudden there’s a huge uproar,” Schmaus said. “I find it disappointing that they don’t continue to build the trails. I just don’t understand how they’re going to change what they’ve already spent four years doing. How well are they going to get away with it? “

The elected officials react

City council member Chris Wharton, who represents the avenues area where most of the new trails have been cut, said the comments he received were mixed.

“Many residents are relieved that there is a review of what has been done,” Wharton said Thursday, “and more careful planning going forward.”

The city councilor added that there are also frustrations among residents who have waited a long time for new trails and recreational opportunities.

“Ultimately, however, I think most people agree that waiting another 10 months is a small price to pay,” said Wharton, “if that means we have 100 years of more sustainable trails for all of our work. users. “

In an interview on Friday, Mendenhall acknowledged that the city had already completed a massive public education effort on trail plans starting in 2017.

(Leia Larsen | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall discusses the way forward for the foothills trails at a press conference on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

“We know that work has taken place,” said the mayor. “… In my years on City Council and now in this role, there have been many public processes that have been solid and lengthy. Yet when [we] concluded and decisions were made and projects funded, we heard from people who felt that no process had taken place.

Mendenhall said in the last feedback process, the city received around 30 letters which were mostly positive. The mayor added that the few residents who shared their disappointment with the work break were generally concerned that a single user group would gain the city’s attention when trail construction resumes.

“I tried to reassure these people that this is the very reason why we need more time to engage,” she said, “so that we can fully integrate the voices we need. and that we want. “

The mayor said she was particularly excited to work with the tribal chiefs.

“Frankly, the lack of a relationship between our governments,” Mendenhall said, “is so important that [we haven’t had] the best information on areas that are sacred or should be protected.

This relationship, she said, “is something that we are building now.”

Those interested in providing feedback and taking a trail survey during the Mayor’s Moratorium can visit

A new trail defense group?

Kenton Peters, longtime Salt Lake City resident and trail user, said he was in the early stages of forming a pro-trails and pro-mountain biking group to ensure balanced hearing at the to come up.

“We respect what other groups are saying,” said Peters, “but we want to make sure the mountain bikers aren’t harmed during the break.”

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) A bicycle-only sign along the 19th Avenue Trailhead in the Salt Lake City foothills on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Still, Peters said he agreed with some of the concerns raised by organizations such as Save Our Foothills and Save Our Canyons, which have called for a reassessment of the trail plan.

“There are issues with the current trail layouts and approach,” said Peters. “We don’t like to see the underdeveloped and marked foothills … [hiking trails] on Morris Meadows, they’re of a terribly shallow quality.

He added that he was “disappointed” that the old trails along the ridge had been removed from the system and that parking at the trailheads was an issue for the Avenues neighborhoods.

“But our group is different,” said Peters, “in that we try to speak on behalf of the hundreds of young riders and adults. [cyclists] which is, really, the growth area in the use of buttresses and the future of it.

Most of the new trails were intended for mountain bikes, and Peters said he feared the break might mean they might never be built.

“We hope to work with the other groups and the city to come up with win-win solutions for everyone involved,” he said. “… What we heard [so far] seems to put the bikes in part of the problem. We want to be seen as part of the solution.


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Noida Authority, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate


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NOIDA: The Noida Authority on Friday called on authorities to ensure that developers of collective housing projects in the city hand over responsibility for public spaces and amenities to apartment owners associations (AOA) by September 30.

Noida Authority CEO Ritu Maheshwari released the directive after a meeting here on builder-buyer issues with AOAs and real estate developers, including Supertech Group, Mahagun Group, Prateek Group, ATS, RG Residency, Sunshine Infrawell and Perfect Propbuild.

“During the meeting, it emerged that the promoters of several projects had not yet completed the process of handing over companies to AOAs. In some cases, the interest-free maintenance and security (IMFS) funds have not been returned to the AOAs, ”the authority said in a statement.

“In some cases the maintenance works in the projects are not completed while in others the sewage treatment plants (STP) are not functional. It has also appeared that in some projects, charges for water and sewer facilities are pending, ”he said.

In view of the above, Maheshwari asked officials to communicate with builders and ensure that companies are handed over to AOAs by September 30 in projects for which AOAs have been established, he said. he declares.

“If there is non-compliance by the builder, the CEO has ordered legal action against them and seals their unsold stocks. In projects that do not have a STP, public spaces and clubs should be sealed so that untreated waste does not reach the drainage system, “the statement said.


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BLM headquarters returns to Washington

Home Secretary Haaland said the office will expand its western office to Grand Junction, Colorado.

(Rick Bowmer | AP, pool) US Home Secretary Deb Haaland tours old dwellings along the Butler Wash Trail during a visit to the Bears Ears National Monument on Thursday, April 8, 2021, near Blanding.

After a two-year stint in Colorado, the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management is returning to Washington, DC, Home Secretary Deb Haaland said on Friday in a meeting with BLM employees.

Haaland’s Republican predecessors orchestrated the 2019 migration of BLM’s executive staff to a new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colo., And to already established state offices. The stated objective of this relocation was to bring land management leadership closer to the western communities most connected to the public lands overseen by the agency. But many career staff resigned or retired rather than relocate, and many positions had been left vacant for months, leaving the new headquarters a rather quiet place.

“The past few years have been incredibly disruptive for the organization, our officials and their families. As we move forward, my priority is to revitalize and rebuild the BLM so that it can meet the pressing challenges of our time and ensure the well-being of our employees, ”Haaland said on Friday. “I look forward to continuing to work with Congress, tribes, elected officials and the many stakeholders who care about the stewardship of our shared public lands and healthy communities. “

While leaders in Utah and other Western states have hailed the Trump administration’s decision to move BLM’s headquarters west, the Biden administration’s plan to move it back to the nation’s capital has sparked praise from environmental groups for calling it a first step towards repairing “significant damage”. to a 7,000-employee agency that manages 11 percent of all land in the United States, including 23 million acres in Utah.

“The weakness of the BLM is that it is a highly decentralized organization with a large majority of staff scattered across the West and it is good to have management staff in DC where they can work with the administration. and Congress, ”said Scott Groene, executive director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, or SUWA. Trump’s decision to move the seat west “was a terrible political act intended to decimate the agency and advance the re-election of a Republican senator from Colorado.”

Groene was referring to Senator Cory Gardner, who was overthrown in 2020 by Democrat John Hickenlooper. The former Colorado governor backed Trump’s decision to move the BLM headquarters to his state and recently urged Biden to establish a “full seat” in Grand Junction.

“We believe that such an effort must be more than token and must include the personnel and resources necessary to improve management and protect our public lands,” wrote Hickenlooper and fellow Democratic Senator Michael Bennet in a letter to Biden shortly. time after his inauguration. “A full Colorado headquarters would not only grow the economy of Western Colorado, but also send an important signal that rural America is a suitable location for such a prestigious institution.”

Utah Representative John Curtis, a Republican, said the BLM headquarters should remain in the West.

“We have legitimately moved their headquarters to Colorado, and closer to where directors could conscientiously exercise their responsibilities and be closer to the stakeholders involved,” he said. “Reversing this decision gives power back to those with the most wealth and access, not those really affected by the Office. “

But SUWA and advocacy groups saw the move west as an attempt to force career workers and empty the ranks of BLM leaders.

“The American people deserve an agency with a seat at the table when important decisions are made in Washington,” said Jennifer Rokala, executive director of the Denver-based Center for Western Priorities. ” This movement [back to D.C.] will help the agency rebuild and ensure that senior officials in the Bureau of Land Management can raise concerns directly to lawmakers, Home Office officials and the White House.

Under Trump, the BLM saw a series of interim leaders come and go, ending with William Perry Pendley, a property rights lawyer who had previously made a career of suing the BLM and wondering if it was even appropriate for the federal government to own millions of hectares.

Nine months after President Joe Biden took office, the BLM leadership vacuum persists. Her candidate for BLM director Montanan Tracy Stone-Manning has stalled amid allegations she was involved in a tree-hanging incident more than 30 years ago in Idaho .

Trump’s plan was to move 328 DC positions to state and district offices in West and Grand Junction. This turned out to be a failure, with the majority of staff choosing to resign.

“Only 41 of those affected have moved, including 3 to Grand Junction,” Interior said in its announcement Friday. “This resulted in a significant loss of institutional memory and talent. The siege transition [back to D.C.] will be conducted with the goal of minimizing further disruption to employees and their families. “

The BLM, meanwhile, is not relinquishing its 2-year presence at Grand Junction, but will instead expand as the official seat of the West.

“This office will enhance Western perspectives in decision-making and will have an important role to play in the office’s clean energy, outdoor recreation, conservation and scientific missions, among other important work as a center of leadership. in the West, ”the Interior Ministry said. .

Haaland said the BLM will play a pivotal role in tackling the climate crisis, expanding public access to public lands and preserving the nation’s common external heritage.

She also affirmed her commitment to create a newly authorized congressional BLM foundation that would focus on building new partnerships, and that the office would work to “strengthen government-to-government relationships with Indian tribes” and appoint tribal state bonds.

“It is imperative that the office has the proper structure and resources to serve the American public,” Haaland said. “There is no doubt that the BLM should have a leadership presence in Washington, DC, like all other land management agencies, to ensure that it has access to the political, budgetary and decision-making levers to best conduct his mission . “

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Governor Cox, Lieutenant Governor Henderson, President Adams and President Wilson Respond to Federal Government Mandates on Vaccines


Keywords: COVID-19

SALT LAKE CITY (September 17, 2021) – Governor Spencer J. Cox and Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson unite in legislative leadership and join President J. Stuart Adams and President Brad Wilson against blatant federal mandates and overbreadth Regarding President Biden mandate on COVID-19 vaccines:

“The president’s unilateral decision to force American companies to impose COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment goes well beyond his authority. Not only does this mandate violate its previous promises, but this declaration violates the principles and processes that are the foundation of good government. As elected officials, we will not turn a blind eye to this seizure of power and will do our part to ensure that the principles of the separation of powers and individual freedom are respected.

“We reaffirm our continued support for the vaccination effort. Vaccines have proven to be the single most effective step we can take to reduce the pressure on our hospitals and save lives. However, requiring employers to impose these decisions on their employees is not the role of government and should not become the new precedent. ”

Download a copy of this press release here.



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Pioneer Park Filming Update + Rose Park Redevelopment Meeting


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Possible light rain in the afternoon. High: 78 Low: 62.

Here are today’s best stories in Salt Lake City:

  1. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill updated the findings of an investigation into a shooting involving a police officer in Pioneer park who killed one in June. Body camera footage captured the suspect running towards two officers, who can be heard telling the man to put down a knife. The two officers opened fire and shot the suspect. (
  2. Utah state lawmakers and researchers held a redistribution committee meeting at Rose park, where citizens were able to submit their own proposals for cutting plans. 19 of the 20 members of the legislative committee were present to hear the proposals and comments from the public. (Salt Lake City Tribune)
  3. The judge denies 11 Granite School Board demonstrators’ offers to drop charges after disrupting a public meeting, a Class B misdemeanor, in South Salt Lake Court of Justice. (
  4. The Murray Fire Department responded to a gas leak that occurred near 4400 S. 500 West. Energy of Domination crews were at the scene of the gas leak at Murray. (Gephardt Daily)
  5. Antique store House in Sucre is recovering from a heist, in which several unique collectibles were stolen. (

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Carr, 23 other Republican GAs urge Biden administration to drop vaccine mandates

WASHINGTON – Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr joins more than 20 other Republican state attorneys general in threatening to sue the Biden administration over his mandate that large employers require their employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or are tested weekly.

“Yet another example of blatant disregard for the rule of law, the command and control strategy of the Biden-Harris administration is patronizing and counterproductive, harmful to our state’s economy and – most importantly – unconstitutional.” , he added. Carr said in a statement. “We will fight against the abuse of power by the administration and protect the citizens and businesses of our state.”

In a letter Thursday, the 24 GAs urged the administration to remove the requirement that would affect nearly 80 million Americans and let employees make their own decisions about vaccinations.

“There are many less intrusive ways to combat the spread of COVID-19, other than COVID-19 vaccinations or testing,” they wrote. “The risks of the spread of COVID-19 also vary widely depending on the nature of the business in question, many of which may have their employees work, for example, remotely. “

On September 9, President Joe Biden called on the Department of Labor to issue a temporary emergency rule under the Occupational Safety and Health Act to force employers to put in place a vaccine requirement , to impose weekly COVID-19 tests or to fire employees who refuse to do so. to get vaccinated.

He then met with business leaders “who champion vaccine mandates that … will ensure that businesses stay open and workers stay safe,” he said, highlighting support for a traditionally group’s mandate. republican.

State attorneys general argue that Biden’s tenure is not legal.

“If your administration does not change its course, the attorneys general of the undersigned state will seek all available legal options to hold you to account and uphold the rule of law,” they wrote.

Besides Georgia, these states also include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.

They argue that to justify OSHA’s emergency standard, the administration must prove that employees are in serious danger.

“In addition, many Americans who have recovered from COVID-19 have achieved a level of natural immunity, and statistics clearly indicate that young people without comorbidity have a low risk of hospitalization from COVID-19,” said they declared. “So you can’t plausibly shoulder the high burden of showing that employees in general are in grave danger. “

However, some studies have shown that COVID-19 infections increase rapidly in children. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that as of September 9, nearly 5.3 million children have tested positive since the start of the pandemic and 243,000 cases were added in one week in September, the second highest number. high in a week since the start of the pandemic.

The academy states that “at present it appears that serious illnesses from COVID-19 are rare in children. However, there is an urgent need to collect more data on the long-term impacts of the pandemic on children, including the ways in which the virus may adversely affect the long-term physical health of infected children, as well as its effects on the disease. emotional and mental health. “

Nearly 700,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and there have been more than 44 million cases of the virus. Some of those who recovered from the virus suffered long-term symptoms of COVID-19, as reported by Atlantic.

State AGs also argue that putting in place vaccine requirements is “likely to increase vaccine skepticism.”

More than 180 million Americans, or at least half of the American population, are fully immunized, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Georgia Recorder’s Associate Editor-in-Chief, Jill Nolin, contributed to this report.

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Finding a job in the United States: NPR


Ahmad Zai Ahmadi began performing for US forces in Afghanistan as a teenager. Since arriving in the United States as a recipient of a Special Immigrant Visa, he has mainly relied on work to support his family.

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Ahmad Zai Ahmadi began performing for US forces in Afghanistan as a teenager. Since arriving in the United States as a recipient of a Special Immigrant Visa, he has mainly relied on work to support his family.

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Ahmad Zai Ahmadi was just a teenager when he encountered a group of US Marines in a bazaar in his hometown of Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2003.

“I just started saying ‘Hi’ and ‘How are you’, and they say ‘Okay, you speak English. Do you want to translate for us?’ I say: ‘Of course, yes!’ “Recalls Ahmadi, now 36 years old.

He then worked as an interpreter for US forces for nearly a decade, a job that took him all over Afghanistan. He befriended US servicemen, including a number of high-ranking officers. His nickname was Rock.

In 2009, he applied for a special immigrant visa to come to the United States, a program set up for Afghans who had served the US government and faced threats because of their jobs.

It took 11 years to get his visa.

At that time, he had a wife and three children. And soon after arriving in the United States in early 2020, he discovered his biggest test yet: he had to find a way to support his family.

This is the central challenge facing tens of thousands of Afghans who have fled their homeland in recent months as the United States retreats from a 20-year war. In the first few months, the US government provides a safety net for newcomers – refugee resettlement agencies help families with immediate needs such as food, medical assistance, shelter, and schools for children . But when it comes to finding a job, Afghans who have come to the United States in previous years say they were largely alone.

Noah Coburn, anthropologist at Bennington College and author of Under contract: America’s invisible world war workers, interviewed more than 100 Afghans who visited the United States

Afghan refugees arrive at Dulles International Airport on August 27, 2021 in Dulles, Virginia, after being evacuated from Kabul following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

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Over the years, he has heard countless stories about their struggles to find employment despite their skills and experience, often acquired while working for American entrepreneurs.

“They end up doing things like landscaping. They end up driving for Lyft, for Uber. They end up working in some of these big box stores, because it’s really the best they can do,” Coburn explains.

A recent survey by the nonprofit No One Left Behind found that up to half of Afghan special immigrant visa holders drive for Uber, Lyft or Amazon.

Coburn calls on the many private companies that held important US government contracts in Afghanistan to step up and do more.

“The subcontractors who have benefited so much from the war in Afghanistan, and who have benefited so much from the relatively low wages of these Afghans, really have a real moral obligation here,” he says.

Ismaeil Hakimi, originally from Ghazni province, Afghanistan, trained as a lawyer in Iran. Shortly after the fall of the Taliban in 2001, he returned home to help rebuild his country. After working with the United Nations, he was hired by American entrepreneur PAE to work on his Justice Sector Support Program, to help build a just and efficient criminal justice system for Afghanistan.

After surviving a Taliban attack on the Justice Department and many other threats, a colleague urged him to apply to come to the United States through the special immigrant visa program. His application was approved in 2014, and he and his family moved to San Diego, where thanks to a friend, he found work as a teacher’s assistant at a prep school.

Ismaeil Hakimi worked for American entrepreneur PAE until 2014, helping to build Afghanistan’s criminal justice system. After arriving in the United States, he struggled to find work, but eventually landed a job at the University of Utah library. He and his family visited the Statue of Liberty on August 5, 2021.

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Ismaeil Hakimi worked for American entrepreneur PAE until 2014, helping to build Afghanistan’s criminal justice system. After arriving in the United States, he struggled to find work, but eventually landed a job at the University of Utah library. He and his family visited the Statue of Liberty on August 5, 2021.

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The cost of living in Southern California was high, so after a few years, Hakimi moved his family to Salt Lake City where the scenery was reminiscent of his home. His children, then of working age, found work at Target, Walmart and the airport, but he struggled more. He didn’t expect to be able to use his legal training given his unfamiliarity with the US legal system, but he couldn’t even land a job at the local Harmons grocery store.

Hakimi was out of work for three months until he finally got what he considers a big break. He was hired at the Marriott Library at the University of Utah, to help students and other patrons with their research. Today, he is working on building the library’s Middle East collection.

He considers himself lucky. Her children are now at the University of Utah studying computer science and medicine.

“We are very happy here,” he says.

Jina Krause-Vilmar, CEO of Upwardly Global, a nonprofit that helps refugees find professional jobs, says Afghans often arrive with skills that aren’t exactly what employers are looking for.

“They get lost in limbo a bit,” she says.

Some people need additional certifications to work in the United States. Some need to be introduced to jobs that did not exist in their country of origin. Often what they need most is help in presenting their experience in a way that makes it more marketable to American employers.

She points out that many of the Afghans who arrive here are university graduates. They are lawyers, engineers, accountants.

“It’s talent that we leave at the table,” says Krause-Vilmar. “This is a missed opportunity for our country.”

At this particular time, it’s a huge opportunity, given how desperate employers are to find workers, she says. There are currently nearly 11 million jobs open in the United States.

Ahmad Zai Ahmadi arrived in the United States just as the pandemic forced a halt. He began delivering food for Grubhub and DoorDash to support his family, working 12 hours a day.

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Ahmad Zai Ahmadi arrived in the United States just as the pandemic forced a halt. He began delivering food for Grubhub and DoorDash to support his family, working 12 hours a day.

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This was not the case when Interpreter Ahmadi landed in the United States in January 2020. The coronavirus was taking off around the world. In the spring, tens of millions of Americans were made redundant.

Taking into account the advice of the Afghan community in northern Virginia, Ahmadi obtained his driver’s license. With the help of a retired American colonel, he was able to buy a car. He started delivering food for Grubhub and DoorDash, working 8 am-8pm, seven days a week. Later, he also started driving for Uber and Lyft.

It’s decent money, but the labor costs in the odd-job economy are high. He has to pay for gasoline and insurance, and he cannot see his children.

Last year, he got a job at McDonald’s for five months as a cashier and customer service representative. But the hourly wage of $ 10 was not even enough to cover the rent. He then moved to Walmart, which was paying $ 12 an hour, but the hours were irregular and the pay was still not enough.

Ahmadi has a high school diploma and various certifications in Afghanistan. Over the many years it took to get his U.S. visa, he worked as the managing director of a fuel delivery company and established his own travel agency, accumulating a multitude of skills including database programming.

But he has yet to find the opportunity to put those skills to good use in the United States.

“My certification doesn’t work here,” he says.

He would like to get an American degree but cannot afford to take time off work to enroll in classes.

The United States’ exit from Afghanistan opened up a brief opportunity, one that allowed Ahmadi to take a break from work for a few weeks.

He heard that interpreters were needed at the exhibition center near the Washington Dulles airport to help process Afghans arriving in the United States.

The pay was good, so he doubled down from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to put as much money as possible in the bank while he could. What he saw during those long hours was sobering. Many of the newcomers he has met don’t even speak English.

“I am so worried about these people,” Ahmadi said. “Life is very difficult in the United States.”


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International Investors Prepare for Big Drop in China, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate


LONDON: International investors who have crowded into China in recent years are now bracing for one of its big falls as the problems of over-indebted real estate giant China Evergrande come to a head.

The developer’s woes have snowballed since May. The decrease in resources against 2,000 billion yuan ($ 305 billion) in liabilities wiped out nearly 80% of its stock and bond prices, and a bond coupon payment of $ 80 million is now looming next week.

What happens then is not clear. Bankers said he would most likely miss the payment and get into some sort of suspended animation where authorities step in and sell some of his assets, but it could easily get messy.

“We’ll have to see what happens,” said Sid Dahiya, head of emerging market corporate bonds at abrdn, formerly Aberdeen Standard, in London, which owns a small portion of the bonds.

“They’re probably working on a deal in the background, but we don’t have any clarity and we don’t really have any precedents, so it’s unexplored water.”

Evergrande warned just over two weeks ago that he risked defaulting on his debt if he failed to raise funds. Since then, he said no progress has been made in these efforts.

Analysts say the big picture is that if Evergrande – which has more than 1,300 real estate projects in more than 280 cities – collapses, it will firmly dispel the idea that some Chinese companies are too big to fail.

That would likely still apply to large state-linked companies, of course, but it also comes after Beijing’s crackdown on big tech companies like Alibaba and Tencent wiped out nearly $ 1 trillion of its money. markets earlier in the year.

Evergrande’s contagion was largely confined to other heavily indebted high-yield Chinese companies which also collapsed, but Hong Kong heavyweight Hang Seng also hit a 10-month low on Thursday, showing it there is a certain gap.

Large global funds are also involved. EMAXX data shows that Amundi, Europe’s largest asset manager, was the largest global holder of Evergrande’s international bonds, although it is likely that it has sold at least some before that things don’t really go wrong.

The Paris-headquartered company had just under $ 93 million of a $ 625 million bond to repay in June 2025, according to EMAXX data. UBS Asset Management was the second holder of this issue with $ 85 million as well as one of the largest holders overall.

Amundi EM Corporate & EM High Yield co-head, Colm d’Rosario described the fundamental image of many Chinese companies as intact “For now, however, we are awaiting the start of a restructuring process (d ‘Evergrande) for more information. “

“It remains to be seen the magnitude of the losses investors will face.”


In April, Evergrande bonds were trading around 90 cents to the dollar, now they are closer to 25 cents.

“It has always been rated as a risky investment with a high return, but what the prices are telling you today is that there was some surprise the government let it go completely,” said Jeff Grills. , Head of Emerging Markets Debt for US fund Aegon Asset Management. .

He added that this was an example of a textbook where investors were drawn to the 10% interest rate plus bonds provided.

According to the letter Evergrande sent to the Chinese government at the end of last year, its commitments relate to more than 128 banks and more than 120 other types of institutions.

A group of Evergrande bondholders has chosen investment bank Moelis & Co and law firm Kirkland & Ellis as advisers on a possible restructuring of a tranche of bonds, said two sources familiar with the matter.

Other funds also exposed to bonds include the world’s largest asset manager BlackRock, as well as dozens of others such as Fidelity, Goldman Sachs Asset Management and PIMCO.

Major U.S. financial firms, including BlackRock and Goldman, as well as Blackstone, are due to meet with officials from China’s central bank and its banking and stock regulators later Thursday.

Debt analysts hope the damage may not be too extensive. The holdings are tiny compared to the overall size of these large investment firms. Additionally, only $ 6.75 billion of Evergrande’s nearly $ 20 billion of debt is included in JPMorgan’s CEMBI index that corporate debt buyers in large emerging markets use as a sort of checklist. races.

Others are still wary of the larger signal it sends.

“This is part of a self-reinforcing dynamic in which increasing insolvency risk triggers costs of financial distress, which in turn increase insolvency risk,” said Michael Pettis, senior non-executive investigator. -resident of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, on Twitter.

“Until regulators step in and credibly deal with the risk of insolvency at all levels, conditions are likely only to deteriorate.”

Some seasoned emerging market crisis watchers also believe that the problems are yet to last.

“This unwinding hasn’t even really started,” said Hans Humes of emerging debt-focused hedge fund Greylock Capital.


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Key points from the 1st debate – ABC4 Utah

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin met in southwest Virginia on Thursday for the first Commonwealth Governors’ Debate of general election season.

Much of the talk between McAuliffe, a longtime Democratic Party fundraiser seeking a rare second term as governor, and Youngkin, a former business executive and political newcomer, has been about vaccination mandates. and the abortion policy.

Here’s a look at a few other topics the candidates clashed over during the hour-long debate in a race that’s being closely watched ahead of next year’s mid-sessions:


During the GOP nomination contest, Youngkin made “electoral integrity” a major campaign issue, allowing him to appeal to supporters of former President Donald Trump who mistakenly believed that the 2020 had been stolen.

Moderator Susan Page urged Youngkin to simply answer a yes or no Thursday to a question about whether he agreed with remarks Trump made recently in a radio interview, in which he suggested that the Democrats could “cheat” in the race for governor.

“No.… I think we’re going to have a clean and fair election that I fully expect to win,” said Youngkin, who added that he didn’t think there had been “substantial” fraud in the election. elections in Virginia.

Page also asked the two candidates if they would accept if the state certified that their opponent had won. Both are committed to doing so.


McAuliffe and Youngkin have found common ground on whether to end qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that often shields police from liability.

Both have made it clear that they will not seek to make any changes to this policy in Virginia. It’s a change of direction for McAuliffe, who during the April Democratic primary told the Virginia Mercury he would support the end. He gave a less direct answer during a debate in May between Democratic candidates.


Youngkin took on two state agencies that faced persistent complaints from Virginia during the pandemic: the Virginia Employment Commission and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

“We will introduce the concept of customer service, not a faulty process,” he said.

And during a segment where candidates were allowed to ask one question, Youngkin insisted on McAuliffe about the woman he appointed chair of the state parole board, where the oversight agency the state discovered a number of serious problems.

“If you could start all over again, would you appoint her as chair of your parole board?” Youngkin asked.

Without directly addressing the issue of former board chair Adrianne Bennett, McAuliffe replied that if anyone in state government had acted inappropriately, “people would be fired.”


Energy policy and climate change have so far not taken center stage in the campaign.

Candidates were asked on Thursday whether they would have signed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, a sweeping bill passed by Democrats in 2020 that outlines a plan to bring Virginia electric utilities to 100% production. renewable by 2050.

Youngkin said he would not have signed the measure.

“I believe in all sources of energy. We can use wind and solar, but we have to preserve our clean natural gas, ”he said.

McAuliffe said “of course” he would have signed it. In a campaign platform, he called for accelerating Virginia’s path to “100% clean energy” by 2035.


Page, the Washington bureau chief of USA Today, had a direct question for the candidates about the removal last week of a huge statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond.

“What went through your mind when you saw this statue fall?” She asked about the state-owned bronze equestrian piece. Gov. Ralph Northam ordered his removal last summer after the police murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, but litigation had stalled work for more than a year.

McAuliffe, whose position on Confederate statuary in Virginia has changed over the years and who could have sought to remove the monument when he was previously in office, responded that he was “happy” to see it disappear, calling it symbol of “division and hatred.” “

Youngkin first shot at McAuliffe’s changes in stance, then said he believed the Virginia Supreme Court ruling that allowed the statue to be removed “reflected the law.”

“I think this statue should be in a museum or on a battlefield, so we’re not erasing our history,” he said.

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Intermountain to merge with Colorado hospital system


A previously planned merger with a different system has failed.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on Friday August 13, 2021.

Utah’s largest hospital system, Intermountain Healthcare, plans to merge with Colorado-affiliated, Catholic Church-affiliated SCL Health, executives of both companies said Thursday.

The two systems have “complementary” assets and will operate healthcare facilities from Nevada to Kansas, Intermountain CEO Dr. Marc Harrison said at a press conference. Harrison will be chairman of the combined company, which will be headquartered in Salt Lake City. A regional office will be located at SCL’s head office in Broomfield, Colorado.

Intermountain, with 25 hospitals and 225 clinics, is the larger of the two systems, and SCL will take its name – although its eight hospitals and 160 clinics will retain their own names and Catholic ties, said Lydia Jumonville, CEO of SCL. . Intermountain was established as a lay entity in 1975 when it took over healthcare facilities owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Intermountain just embraced us by continuing to maintain our catholicity,” Jumonville said. “We will follow all Catholic guidelines and [Ethical and Religious Directives], and all the values ​​of Catholic hospitals will be there.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ ethical and religious guidelines prevent Catholic hospitals from providing contraceptives, performing surgeries to prevent or terminate pregnancy, or performing in vitro fertilization. While Jumonville stressed that SCL hospitals would continue to follow Catholic guidelines, neither she nor Harrison indicated that those guidelines would be adopted at Intermountain’s facilities.

Meanwhile, there is no plan yet as to what role SelectHealth – Intermountain’s health insurance – will play in the merger, Harrison said. The moderator of Thursday’s digital press conference did not relay a question from The Tribune as to whether or how SCL’s religious health care guidelines might impact coverage of family planning services, whether SelectHealth plans were offered through SCL entities.

The combined system will operate 33 hospitals and 385 clinics, with more than 58,000 employees. Intermountain’s facilities are located in Utah, Idaho and Nevada, while SCL’s facilities are located in Colorado, Montana and Kansas.

“We believe that the contiguous nature provides a real opportunity for the region,” said Harrison.

Patients and employees are unlikely to notice significant changes at individual facilities, Jumonville said, although she noted that SCL’s telehealth and digital options could benefit from the merger. The two systems aim to make health care affordable and accessible, including in rural areas, the two leaders said.

“Individually and collectively, we have both avoided some of the rural health care deserts” that have formed in other parts of the country, Harrison said.

About a year ago, Intermountain announced plans to merge with Sanford Health, which operates hospitals in the Dakotas. But Sanford put those plans on hold in December, shortly after its CEO resigned following criticism of remarks he made that downplayed the transmissibility of COVID-19.

This attempted merger with Sanford, however, signaled Intermountain’s desire to expand further outside Utah, Jumonville said, and sparked subsequent talks with SCL.

Harrison estimated that hospital systems would generate around $ 14 billion in annual revenue after the merger.

The two systems come to the agreement from positions of financial and operational strength, he said. Without the geographic overlap of their services and other factors, this could be seen as a “merger model,” he added.

It’s not about cutting costs or staff, Jumonville said, and only a “handful” of jobs may require relocation, Harrison added.

They plan to sign a definitive deal by the end of 2021 and complete the deal in early 2022, with a two-year integration process to follow, Harrison and Jumonville said.


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