November 2021

Salt lake city

“It’s my super power now”: Utah residents living with HIV work to break down stigma surrounding the disease


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – When Sequan Kolibas was diagnosed with HIV eight years ago, the mother-of-one kept him to herself for years, largely fearing the reaction of others to her news.

Those fears were confirmed when she let out her secret one day while talking to a friend.

“We were just talking about HIV and, and I had kind of a seizure and I told him I had it and he was like, ‘Well, only hookers and junkies get HIV. So which one are you? ‘ “

Kolibas’ fear of the stigma surrounding the disease had proven to be justified. That had been her biggest concern when she learned she had contracted the virus from her five-year-old partner, a man.

“It was extremely scary, it changed my life,” she recalls. “To be honest. I had periods of suicidal thoughts, severe depression. I just thought my happiness and my life was over. I let HIV become who I am, instead of being a woman. part of who I was, I let my diagnosis define me.

On Wednesday, December 1, World AIDS Day will be celebrated, in remembrance of those who have lost their lives due to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, which is initially caused by a diagnosis of HIV. The occasion of 2021 is particularly poignant as it marks 40 years since the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first reported the emergence of AIDS among gay communities in New York and California.

Originally dubbed “gay cancer,” the HIV and AIDS epidemic has been ravaged by misinformation, misunderstanding and, of course, stigma against those who contract the virus. Researchers ultimately reduced its primary means of transmission to sharing needles or injection equipment, exposure to blood in open wounds, and sexual intercourse. The shocking announcement of NBA star Magic Johnson’s infection in 1991 showed that HIV can affect people of any sexual orientation – gay or heterosexual – but many of the stigmas have always been hard to shake.

“I think this has persisted since the 1980s,” says Heather Bush, who manages the HIV program for the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) to “In addition to dealing with a life-threatening disease, and all that it means, people with HIV worry about what people are going to think or how they are being paid. It’s just a huge additional burden that people have to face. And I think a lot of it is perception.

The truth is that living with HIV in 2021 is very different from what it was in 1981, as testimonials and information from a new UDOH campaign,, shows. While illness is still a part of life; the website says every three days a new Utah resident is diagnosed with HIV, no longer a death sentence.

Advances in prevention and treatment have made transmission nearly impossible for people with the disease who take appropriate measures, which can be as simple as a daily pill for antiretroviral therapy (ART) and extra precautions for antiretroviral therapy (ART). sexually active people. The new term in HIV medicine is “U = U”. The antiretroviral drug can reduce the amount of HIV in the blood to undetectable levels. If it is undetectable, it cannot be transmitted to others.

“We know it’s still there, we know they still have the virus, but it’s so weak that not only does it protect them and keep them from getting sick, but it also prevents them from passing it on to others. people, ”he added. Bush says, adding that those who have an HIV-positive partner who are not infected can also take preventative drugs. “We have a lot of tools that we didn’t even have 5 to 10 years ago.”

The biggest obstacle that remains is stigma, as both Bush and Kolibas agree. While medical advances have provided the means to make the spread of HIV and AIDS much more difficult if the right precautions are taken, opening the dialogue is still a work in progress.

Kolibas has since found purpose by sharing its story and founding a nonprofit that provides resources to those infected and information to those with outdated fears and misconceptions about HIV and AIDS.

“You don’t have to change who you are, it doesn’t define who you are,” she says, mentioning that her T-cell count, or the number of disease-fighting blood cells, is higher than before. diagnostic. “We are opening the conversation to educate people so that we can reduce this stigma for people. “

For years, many have thought that even routine, non-sexual or blood-related contact with someone living with HIV could be dangerous. Kolibas’ mission now is to shatter these misconceptions.

“It’s the misconception of ‘Well it’s just a gay disease’, or if somebody has it, you can’t share the same utensils, you can’t squeeze them in their arms you can’t drink out of the same cup as them It’s just about education now I’m kind of using HIV as my superpower now.


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Utah economy

Jason Utgaard is gaining momentum with his recycling career

Coming from a retail background, Jason Utgaard decided to forge his own path and moved to Sustainability Services about 7 years ago.

“My family owned and operated a national chain of 75 sporting goods stores,” he says. “I’ve worked in a variety of roles – from setting up new stores to helping manage the distribution center to analyzing data at head office – it was a global experience. “

Utgaard is the Managing Director of Momentum Recycling in Salt Lake City, Utah. Momentum was founded in 2008 with the mission of bringing communities towards zero waste. The company provides comprehensive recyclable collection services to over 1,000 organizations and over 10,000 residents along the Wasatch Front.

“Since the inception of Momentum Recycling, the company has processed hundreds of millions of pounds of recyclable material, transporting it from thousands of customer locations to responsible treatment facilities,” Utgaard said.

As the 2021 winner of Waste360 40 Under 40, Utgaard sat down with the publication to discuss their role at Momentum Recycling, their initiatives and their passion for sustainability.

Waste360: Describe your role as Managing Director of Momentum Recycling.

Jason Utgaard: I oversee Momentum Recycling’s commercial and residential recycling collection services. As a full service zero waste company, I manage our wide range of services related to food waste recycling, glass recycling, mixed recycling, hard to recycle collections as well as waste audit services. My role is to work with new and existing municipal partners, which largely relates to our monthly curbside glass recycling service for their residents as well as public drop-off points for glass recycling.

Waste360: How do you help communities move towards zero waste?

Jason Utgaard: I led the expansion of our curbside glass recycling service from a single city to over 17 cities, many of whose residents previously did not have access to glass recycling. I also had the idea of ​​painting murals on our public glass recycling dumpsters (pictured below – I can share others as well) to help spread awareness of these places and to show how recycling helps preserve Utah’s natural beauty.

Another area where I help to have a significant impact in the evolution of communities towards zero waste is the fight against food waste. Momentum Recycling is now Utah’s primary food waste transporter, in large part thanks to years of public outreach to business entities to educate them about the impact of food waste on the climate and its correlation with US dollars. state tourism.

Waste360: Tell me about your company’s glass recycling initiatives.

Jason Utgaard: Momentum Recycling operates Utah’s only glass recycling facility. We collect glass from our collection services and public drop-off points locally, as well as over 350 miles from neighboring states who collect it through their various municipal programs. Once processed, we send the glass to various local businesses who use it in their products, which in turn helps support Utah’s economy.

On the residential side, we offer a monthly curbside glass recycling collection for residents to choose from. In Salt Lake City in particular, 16% of households are now subscribed to the service, which will hopefully soon reach the tipping point where the city will consider an unsubscribe program for all residents. We also collect glass from over 60 public drop-off points along the Wasatch Front.

Commercially, many types of organizations subscribe to our glass recycling collection service, from bars and restaurants to apartment complexes. We serve incredibly difficult areas geographically given our mountains here, especially in ski resorts. Regardless of the customer, I am proud of our team to always find a way for them to recycle their glass. These customers are then included in our “Support Blue Businesses” directory on our website, which helps residents support not only local businesses, but also local businesses that also go the extra mile to be sustainable.

Waste360: What are your goals?

Jason Utgaard: One of my biggest goals for next year is to work with our local municipalities to review the establishment of an ordinance requiring (1) liquor licensees to recycle their glass and (2) grocery stores. and full-service restaurants to recycle their food waste. . I am fully aware that these ordinances on the surface seem entirely selfish in light of our affairs; However, with nearly a decade of experience performing waste audits and reading various city waste characterization studies, these two streams compromise around 60% of the waste stream of these business entities. If we want to achieve zero waste, this type of requirement must be put in place.

Another goal is to expand our residential food waste collection service. Even though many towns in our area offer a green waste service, it is primarily for yard waste – and many residents are unsure which compostable foods are accepted. I know we can divert a lot more food waste out of the residential sector than we currently are, and what’s exciting here is that residents really want a service that allows them to do that all the way through. year.

Longer term goals include developing a geographically extended network to provide more glass for our facility, as well as significantly expanding our existing outreach work to include a school curriculum that we could provide to local schools that include interactive presentations such as live virtual tours of the various recycling facilities in our region.

Waste360: What advice would you give to others working in the field of sustainability?

Jason Utgaard: My only advice is that it’s important that the work you do on sustainability is measurable. Avoid engaging with people who only get involved in the hype: work with people who roll up their sleeves and produce real results. You need to know your diversion or emission reduction goal up front and compare your performance to it when implementing your proposed solution.

Waste360: What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Jason Utgaard: I am very proud of my work on the municipal side working with many cities to help them change their existing municipal codes to allow them to adopt better recycling services. Much of the focus during these discussions is not so much on how to help Momentum Recycling deliver its services to residents, but on how to rewrite the code to allow a path for future collection services. selective that might become viable later than we can not predict at this point. time. By creating this framework, we hope to help other startups succeed in their zero waste efforts later.

Waste360: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Jason Utgaard: In 5 years, I know without a doubt that I will still be working in sustainable development. I also think that after working closely with so many board members over the years, I will become more involved in the public service to some extent.

Waste360: What do you like to do in your spare time?

Jason Utgaard: Given our proximity to the mountains, I enjoy mountain biking and hiking in the summer as well as skiing and snowboarding in the winter. I also like to build furniture and interior decorations using reclaimed materials.

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Salt lakes real estate

High Desert Museum in West Idaho in desperate need of help


Our culture is commemorated in a true high desert museum. It is located a short distance south of downtown Bend, Oregon. I visited last year after receiving a recommendation from a friend. Twin Falls even gets a good nod when it comes to a famous effort by Evel Knieval to skip the Snake River. I didn’t know until a few days ago that the museum was affiliated with the Smithsonian in Washington, DC

The museum is a treasure

My visit kept me busy for almost two hours. There are old trucks, photos, paintings and even displays of live animals. I was watching owls and told a guide that the animatronics were awesome. She made me look like I was a great yoke of the desert. “They are real,” she said impassively.

Much of Oregon was in serious lockdown when I was there. It didn’t help the museum’s results. It kept people away. Had to plan my visit in advance in 2020 due to social distancing requirements. The museum has regulated pedestrian traffic and reduced the number of visitors. At ten dollars per person for non-senior adults, it adds up after a while.

Some of our infamous birds! Photo by Bill Colley.
Stuffed animals from the high desert are on display. Photo by Bill Colley.
We remember the native culture. Photo by Bill Colley.

Keep the museum doors open

The museum is soliciting donations. You can help by clicking here. If you like the story, this is a good way to show your appreciation. Financial planners will also tell you that charitable contributions at the end of the year can help with tax time.

It is a story that deserves to be preserved. As the area becomes more and more populated with new real estate developments (a new town is planned between Boise and Mountain Home), we will lose some of the past. The High Desert Museum is a keeper of the flame.

The leaders of a bygone era. Photo by Bill Colley.
War on horseback and in armor. Photo by Bill Colley.
No internet connection, no TV and a little drafty when the wind blows. Photo by Bill Colley.
One of the first green means of transport. Photo by Bill Colley.
More modern travel. Photo by Bill Colley.

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To determine the most popular national parks in the United States, Stacker compiled data from the National Park Service on the number of recreational visits to each site in 2020. Keep reading to find out about the 50 most popular national parks in the United States. , in reverse order. from # 50 to # 1. And be sure to check with each park before your visit to learn more about safety precautions related to the ongoing pandemic at

WATCH: This is the richest city in every state

Just saying the names of these towns immediately conjures up images of grand mansions, fancy cars, and fancy restaurants. Read on to see which city in your home state received the title of richest location and which place had the highest median income in the country. Who knows, your hometown might even be on this list.


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Salt lake city

Hackett: If Real Salt Lake don’t hire Mastroeni, another club will


SALT LAKE CITY – Real Salt Lake interim manager Pablo Mastroeni has ensured a lot of safety after November.

Mastroeni and Real Salt Lake overcame the odds, once again, beating Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park to meet the Portland Timbers in the Western Conference Finals. The club have no owner, are run by an interim manager and only reached the qualifiers after a Damir Kreilach goal at the last second on decision day. for the MLS Cup.

What Mastroeni was able to accomplish is simply remarkable.

Mastroeni started the 2021 MLS season as Freddy Juarez’s first assistant. Since then he has taken full control of the Real Salt Lake dressing room, instilled a sense of trust within the playgroup and guided a club that many so-called pundits say would end up at the bottom of the conference. at the beginning of the year until the final of the conference.

Real Salt Lake general manager Elliot Fall has yet to make a public decision on Real Salt Lake’s next manager. However, that decision becomes easier and easier to make as Real Salt Lake’s number of games are won.

Either way, if Real Salt Lake chooses to go in a different direction at the end of the year, Mastroeni has likely earned a managerial position elsewhere.

FC Dallas, LAFC, Vancouver Whitecaps, Houston Dynamo and FC Cincinnati are all currently without a full-time coach.

If Real Salt Lake doesn’t hire Mastroeni, one of the clubs listed above will.

Next match

Real Salt Lake will travel to Portland for the Western Conference final this Saturday, December 4, with kick-off scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

This will be the first conference final appearance for Real Salt Lake since 2013.


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Utah economy

Urban Utah is priceless. His voices deserve to be heard in Congress.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Members of the public react to public comments in House Building, Room 30, November 8, 2021. The public was able to respond to the only public hearing of the Legislature’s Redistribution Committee on Monday. ‘Utah for the map proposals.

When the legislative redistribution committee presented its grotesque map, Rep. Paul Ray pontificated, “Rural Utah is the reason there is food, water and energy in urban areas of the state.

Agriculture makes up only 2% of Utah’s economy. (Utah Department of Agriculture and Food)

Rural areas cannot take credit for the Colorado River, boasting the poisonous coal that uses over 80% of our water while exporting 27% of their hay.

My urban area offers:

• A world-class research university

• Hospitals with the most advanced treatments available

• Eminent medical specialists

• Shelters for the homeless who migrate here to seek help

• Hundreds of millions of tax revenues

• Innovative companies offering jobs to children in rural areas

• Installations of trucks and trains (with their pollution, noise and traffic) to transport rural goods to foreign markets

• Various shopping opportunities

• A symphony orchestra, an extraordinary theater and museums

• Professional basketball, hockey, baseball and soccer teams.

• Professional ballet and modern dance companies

• An international airport

• Jobs for thousands of commuters

• Polluting refineries providing rural energy

• Wasatch Mountain Recreation

• Arenas large enough to attract world famous celebrities

And last but not least, my urban area offers diversity.

It offers neighborhoods where people of all colors, ages, genders, religions, ethnicities, languages, skills, political parties and opinions can find friendship and acceptance.

We offer the diversity and tolerance that rural children cannot find anywhere else. Our voices deserve to be heard in Congress.

Anne Florence, Murray

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28% of unvaccinated Americans would consider lying about their status to keep a job, survey finds


The survey, conducted by Qualtrics, also found that 32% of those polled had ignored signs that specifically required unvaccinated people to wear a mask when visiting a store or business. (Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – Is there any chance they’ll be willing to take a dose of Truth Serum instead?

More than a quarter of unvaccinated workers in the United States (28%) said they would consider lying about their immunization status – and perhaps falsifying a document or two – in order to keep jobs, survey finds conducted among more than 1,300 vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans. .

The survey, conducted by Qualtrics, an experience management software company, also found that about the same percentage (25%) of adults – vaccinated or unvaccinated – know someone who “lied or would lie ”about being vaccinated for travel. , eat out or attend other types of activities or events in person.

The results come amid pressure from the Biden administration to require companies with 100 or more employees to comply with OSHA emergency standards and ensure their workers are either vaccinated against COVID-19 , or comply with the weekly test mandates. The warrant was temporarily blocked days after its announcement, although the Biden administration asked a court to restore the rule.

Meanwhile, only 23% of unvaccinated respondents to Qualtrics’ survey said they would be more willing to get vaccinated because of federal warrants, while 52% said they would be less willing if they were mandated to do so. (It should be noted that the Qualtrics investigation was conducted in mid-October – after President Biden introduced the new requirements, but before they were officially announced by the White House.)

Among other survey results, Qualtrics found that 39% of the unvaccinated cited distrust of the government for not getting the jab. Others said they worried about possible side effects (38%), wanted more information (20%), already had COVID (16%), or said they knew someone who had an adverse reaction (15%).

According to the survey, nearly a third of unvaccinated participants (32%) also revealed that they had ignored signs that specifically required unvaccinated people to wear a mask when going to a hospital. store or business.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has repeatedly touted the safety and effectiveness of approved COVID-19 vaccines and has determined that serious health problems resulting from vaccination are rare.

“These vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety surveillance in US history,” the CDC said on its website.


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Salt lake city

Omicron COVID variant will reach Utah sooner or later, researchers believe


Kimberly Desmond, a registered nurse, draws a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe in Salt Lake City on September 22. Researchers said on Friday they believed the omicron variant would reach Utah sooner or later. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah health officials say they are closely monitoring the new variant of COVID-19 coming from South Africa, but how worried should we be in the state of? hive? Researchers say it’s likely to happen in Utah, the real question is when.

Officials at the World Health Organization classify the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus in the same category as the highly contagious delta variant. And they believe the newer form of the virus is highly transmissible. However, University of Utah virologist Dr Stephen Goldstein says scientists still have a lot of questions about the omicron, especially since it is so new. For example, they don’t know if the new variant is deadlier than the others.

“We don’t know anything about whether it causes more serious or less serious disease. There are early indications that it can be highly transmissible, although it is really still too early to tell,” he said. he declares.

Goldstein says the omicron is not an offshoot of the delta variant, so researchers are trying to learn as much as they can. He believes the variant will eventually arrive in Utah, but no one knows when.

Should we cancel Christmas plans? Maybe not yet, although doctors still recommend masks, limiting crowd sizes and social distancing to limit any kind of viral spread.

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Utah economy

‘Shop Small Crawl’, Other Events Encourage Utah Residents to Shop Local During Decisive Holiday Season

Shop Small Crawl and other events promote local shopping this weekend.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City Winter Market at The Gateway on Saturday, November 14, 2020. Small businesses in Utah rely on community members to shop this weekend and all. throughout the holiday season. .

Small businesses in Utah rely on community members to shop this weekend and throughout the holiday season, according to the owners.

“Every dollar you spend on a locally owned independent business stays here in our community – 55% of that dollar stays in our community,” Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said this week. “That is compared to just 13% you spend at any big box store. “

If you shop locally on Saturday, you can even win $ 500 in spending money – a prize that Local First Utah is promoting ahead of its “Shop Small Crawl” that day, featuring dozens of local businesses.

“You keep more money in our economy, you increase the prosperity of Utahns of all types and you celebrate what it feels like to be in a place with friends and neighbors, which we have been missing,” he said. said the executive director of Local First Utah. Kristen Lavolette said this week she goes shopping small.

On Saturdays, crawl buyers, whether online or in person, can scan a QR code to enter the contest. For a list of participating businesses, visit

Personalized recommendations

A term first coined by American Express in 2010, “Small Business Saturday” encourages shoppers to buy local after Black Friday, which injects billions of dollars into the economy, primarily for the benefit of national and international retailers.

“Retailers like us operate at a loss for much of the year,” Matt Caputo of Caputo’s Market and Deli said this week. “Having a very busy vacation period is really where we take a big part of it. “

Buying local doesn’t necessarily mean ignoring large online retailers and big box stores, Caputo said. But he encouraged residents to spend time browsing local business districts, where Mendenhall said small business owners and employees can offer personalized recommendations that outperform most “25 best gifts” lists.

King’s English Bookstore, for example, prides itself on finding the perfect match for every guest reader.

“There could be a lot of books that are on containers somewhere in the ocean,” said Anne Holman of The King’s English. “But I promise we have a lot more books in the store than you will find and love.”

Holiday markets

The Shop Small Crawl isn’t the only way to find unique gifts this weekend and throughout the holiday season: Wheeler Holiday Market, 6351 S. 900 East, opened in Murray for its weekend. end of annual shopping with more than 30 sellers.

At the Bountiful Davis Art Center, located at 90 N. Main St., vendors from across the state will be selling handmade products Tuesday through Saturday through December 23.

The Neighborhood Hive Small Business pop-up also features a variety of vendors at 2065 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, every Saturday of the holiday season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

And the seasonal Winter Farmers Market has recently started at The Gateway, located at 400 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City. It operates from Saturday to April from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Salt lake city government

Scientists strive to understand the record of mine-related contamination in sediments under Lake Powell


The first data from a 2018 research project is now published.

(Jerry McBride | The Durango Herald via AP) In this file photo from Thursday, August 6, 2015, people kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo. In water colored yellow by a garbage spill mining. A team overseen by the US Environmental Protection Agency has been accused of causing the spill as it attempted to clean up the area near the abandoned Gold King mine. Tribal officials in the Navajo Nation declared a state of emergency on Monday, August 10, as the massive plume of contaminated sewage flowed down the San Juan River to Lake Powell in Utah, which provides a much of the water to the southwest.

The 2015 Durango Herald photograph was instantly recognized as the scene of an environmental disaster: three kayakers paddling the Animas River in southwest Colorado, the water below them as orange and radiant as a Creamsicle.

A containment pond near Silverton, Colo., Was accidentally drilled at the Gold King mine and 3 million gallons of metal-laden sludge was released into the Animas, flowing downstream into the San Juan River.

The river cleared again within days, but much of the heavy metals and other pollutants released from the spill made their way downstream until they hit Lake Powell, along with all of the other sediments that had been transported downstream by the Colorado River and its tributaries since the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam in 1963.

“Lake Powell is the integrator of the entire upper Colorado River basin,” said Scott Hynek, a hydrologist for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) at the Utah Water Science Center. “Once they closed that dam, whatever went through there that was sediment stayed. “

[Related: As Lake Powell shrinks, the Colorado River is coming back to life]

The federal government, which oversaw the cleanup of the Gold King mine when the accident occurred, then paid hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements to affected areas of Utah, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. . He also earmarked funding for the USGS to study sediment samples in Lake Powell, a project led by Hynek in late 2018.

A rotating crew of 20 to 30 people spent more than a month on the reservoir in what Hynek describes as a “kind of floating city” consisting of two to three barges, a barge pusher, a platform. form of a well, a working laboratory and an office. 24 hours a day. The USGS team partnered with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, the United States Bureau of Reclamation, and the United States National Park Service to extract 30 cores from the beds of the San Juan and Colorado rivers.

(USGS) Drill rig used to collect sediment samples on Lake Powell in 2018.

The objective was to understand not only the potential impacts of the Gold King mine disaster, but also to analyze the record of sediment trapped in the upper part of Lake Powell and 50 feet thick in places.

Initial data collected on the project has just been released and Hynek made a public presentation on the preliminary results earlier this month. He hopes the project will be useful to scientists working across the river basin on a variety of projects. The sediment recording, he explained, “is like the ultimate ground truth about what happened in the upper Colorado River basin on a massive scale over 70 years.”

Core samples taken from the San Juan arm of the reservoir show spikes of lead and zinc that may have been deposited by the Gold King mine spill in 2015, but there are much larger – and more concerning – spikes in the metals. which were likely deposited in the 1970s, when larger mine waste disasters occurred in the watershed.

“More important things happened in the ’70s in San Juan than the Gold King,” Hynek said.

(USGS) Scott Hynek, hydrologist at the Utah Water Science Center, presents preliminary results from the Lake Powell coring project on November 1, 2021.

The San Juan and its tributaries have a long history of hard rock mining, and copper and lead concentrations are higher in sediment cores from the San Juan River than those collected from the Colorado River arm. The Colorado side had a more active history of uranium mining and processing, including near Moab, and the core showed higher concentrations of uranium in the Colorado River Arm.

But some of the metal peaks found in the silt from the reservoir aren’t necessarily related to historic mining. The San Juan River, for example, has seen an increase in lead concentrations after monsoon rains fell on burn scars from wildfires.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The so-called Dominy Formation, clearly illustrated by high walls of sediment in Waterhole Canyon, one of the tributaries of the Colorado River in Cataract Canyon, is studied by a team of scientists during ‘a recent trip as part of the Returning Rivers project. The informal term is named after the controversial former Bureau of Reclamation commissioner, Floyd Dominy, who was the main architect of Lake Powell and many other Western dam projects.

Hynek pointed out that the project’s data is only being analyzed now and that much more detailed reports are expected to be released over the next 18 months with more raw data, which he hopes will be used by university professors for a number of research projects. .

“We have a chance to provide a better view of history now than first-hand recordings [from the time]”Hynek said.

Zak Podmore is a Report for America corps member and writes about conflict and change in San Juan County for the Salt Lake Tribune. 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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Salt lake city

Group Serves Gratitude Day Dinner to SLC Homeless Community


Black Lives for Humanity also distributed clothes and blankets to participants.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Dave John cooks beans for Navajo Tacos, as he teams up with volunteers from Black Lives for Humanity to serve a ‘gratitude dinner’ to over 100 homeless people , on 500 West in Salt Lake City on Thursday, November 25, 2021.

More than 100 homeless people had a hot Thanksgiving meal Thursday at a “Gratitude Dinner” hosted by the group Black Lives for Humanity.

The meal included Navajo tacos, fruit, and a pumpkin and apple pie, and was served at a wasteland near 400 South and 500 West in Salt Lake City. Dave John, who is Navajo, cooked the Navajo tacos with the help of volunteers. John is known for traveling with a portable kitchen and preparing meals for homeless people.

The group also distributed clothes and blankets to the participants. Lane Neaman drummed and sang round dance songs in southern Oklahoma.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Dave John cooks beans for Navajo Tacos, as he teams up with volunteers from Black Lives for Humanity to serve a ‘gratitude dinner’ to over 100 homeless people , on 500 West in Salt Lake City on Thursday, November 25, 2021.

Also on Thursday, volunteers delivered nearly 100 additional meals to homeless people in camps across the city.

Black Lives for Humanity is led by Ty Bellamy and works to support the homeless community.


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Utah economy

Group calls on Utah to end sales tax on groceries

SALT LAKE CITY – A group of religious leaders, Democratic lawmakers and activists gathered in Salt Lake City on Wednesday afternoon to demand an end to the Utah sales tax on groceries.

“The Coalition of Religious Communities is here today to say that the amount of prescribed state taxes on groceries should be zero,” said Rev. Kimal James of Ogden First United Methodist Church.

Speakers said the tax weighs on low-income families and pointed out that Utah is one of only a dozen states to impose a sales tax on unprepared foods.

“The families who suffer most from this injustice are the working poor and families on fixed incomes,” said Reverend Vinnetta Golphin-Wilkerson of Granger Community Christian Church.

Utah levies a 1.75% sales tax on grocery store foods, which is lower than the standard 4.85% sales tax

The group said the Utah economy is doing so well and a budget surplus expected this to be the right time to eliminate the tax.

“We are asking our neighbors who represent us in the state legislature to do the right thing,” Golphin-Wilkerson said. “Do the right thing. Stop this food tax. Do the right thing for Utah families.

Democratic lawmakers who joined the press conference said they supported a bill Rep. Rosemary Lesser, D-Ogden, is sponsoring to eliminate the tax.


“You hear the Utah Legislature all the time talking about lowering taxes, which would make it easier for families in Utah. Well, now we have the opportunity to do it, ”said Senator Derek Kitchen, D-Salt Lake City.

In an opinion piece in the Deseret News, Lesser wrote that Utah currently brings in around $ 149 million in sales tax on food and the state can afford to let families keep that money.

She also wrote that her bill was only intended to eliminate the state tax on grocery store foods, and not other taxes imposed by cities and counties.

Jatessa Whittaker, a mother of five who works as a grocery store cashier, attended the press conference. She said she supported removing the tax because it will allow families to buy more food.

“I see a lot of people coming and trying to buy stuff and they see it’s too much and they put it away and they’re sad or they say to their kids, ‘No we can’t get it today. hui, “said Whittaker.

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Salt lake city government

Breeze Airways ™ Celebrates First Holiday Season With Lowest Fares and Best Deals Ever for Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday


SALT LAKE CITY, November 24, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Breeze Airways, the “Seriously Friendly” â„¢ new low-cost U.S. airline, celebrates its first Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday with selling prices offering the airline’s lowest fares and best deals since its launch in May 2021.

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Breeze Airways offers its lowest fares and best deals ever for Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday. (Photo: Business Wire)

Nicer Fare Sale * – For one day only this Black Friday, November 26, 2021, Breeze will be offering its “Nicer Fare Sale”. For just $ 19 more than a “Nice” fare (the lowest Breeze fare), travelers can grab a Nicer fare that includes one free checked baggage ($ 20 value), one piece of luggage at free hand ($ 20 value), a seat with more legroom ($ 30 value), free drink and snack ($ 10 value), priority boarding and 4% BreezePoints earned (versus 2% with a Nice fare) – a value of up to $ 80 – for travel until May 2, 2022, available on all flights but places are limited.

Nice fare sale ** – For one day only on Cyber ​​Monday, November 29, 2021, Breeze will be offering Nice fares of $ 29 on flights selected from the 16 Breeze destinations, for trips between the 6th and the 31st January 2022.**

“It’s really hard to beat our already low prices for non-stop flights, but we did it,” said David Neeleman, president and CEO of Breeze. “This year, we are grateful for the successful launch of Breeze and we thank our guests, as well as the best possible deals.”

*Nicer fare available for an additional $ 19 above the price of a Nice fare (lowest Breeze fare) on all flights, all dates, no blackout dates. Only available when booking a new reservation, limited offer until Nicer fares on a flight are sold out. No advance purchase requirement applies. The seats are limited. Must be purchased November 26, 2022, 12:01 AM – 11:59 PM ET, for travel through May 2, 2022. Price displayed includes taxes and government fees. Fare rules, routes and times are subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply.

**The Nice fare of $ 29 is available on some one-way flights. The seats are limited. Must be purchased November 29, 2021, 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM ET, for travel between January 6, 2022 and January 31, 2022. Nicer fare includes taxes and government fees. Fare rules, routes and times are subject to change without notice. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

On Breeze airways

Breeze Airways, which began serving 16 cities in 13 states in May 2021, is the best-funded start-up airline in the country’s history. Founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, the low-cost carrier combines kindness and technology to deliver its “Seriously Nice” â„¢ non-stop service between secondary airports bypassing hubs and saving customers time and money. money. The airline recently announced an order for 80 A220-300 aircraft, the first of which will enter service in mid-2022.

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Former hotel renovated into 134 studio rooms for homeless people in SLC


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) – More than 130 people over the age of 55 or veterans move into a renovated hotel. What was once the Airport Inn, is now “The Point”, an extended stay retreat that offers studio living. Craig Frye has been waiting for something like this for two and a half years.

“The last few years have been tough,” said Frye.

Now Frye has his own bed, television, and bathroom.

Switchpoint Community Resource Center CEO Carol Hollowell tells ABC4 that many of the people they serve have money, but not enough for their own housing.

“We charge $ 450 per month for rent. And that gets someone who earns $ 872 in Social Security somewhere they can afford, too, ”Hollowell said.

Rent includes daily continental breakfasts, family style dinners and several support services.

“We will have volunteer activities. We will have case management activities where they can come in from mental health services, or some may need to get their ID card back or get medical assistance or something like that, ”Hollowell said.

Hollowell said this new hideaway is one of the cheapest places to stay in Salt Lake City, but the best part is this place can be a permanent home.

“Just the ability to have their own place and have privacy and be able to feel safe,” Hollowell said.

Frye calls “The Point” a light at the end of the tunnel. A light he can turn off when he’s ready to call it a night.

More than 100 people are already on a waiting list for “The Point”.


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US to release 50 million barrels of oil to cut energy costs

Storage tanks are shown at a refinery in Detroit on April 21, 2020. The White House announced Tuesday it has ordered 50 million barrels of oil from the strategic reserve to reduce energy costs. (Paul Sancya, Associated Press)

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered 50 million barrels of oil from the strategic reserve to help reduce energy costs, in coordination with other major energy consuming countries including China, India and the United Kingdom.

The move targets global energy markets, but also voters facing higher inflation and rising prices ahead of Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. The price of gas is about $ 3.40 per gallon, more than 50% more than a year ago, according to the American Automobile Association.

There was no noticeable impact on the benchmark US crude barrel price following Tuesday’s announcement. Prices have gone up and down all month and are up less than 1% so far in this shortened holiday week.

Biden was quick to reshape much of his economic agenda around the issue of inflation, saying his recently passed $ 1 trillion infrastructure package will reduce pricing pressures by making freight transportation more efficient and less expensive.

Republican lawmakers hammered the administration so that inflation peaked in 31 years in October. The Consumer Price Index climbed 6.2% from a year ago, the biggest 12-month jump since 1990.

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell burst into the White House in a speech last week, claiming the victims of the price hike were middle-class Americans.

“The top three drivers of the staggering 6.2% inflation rate we recorded last month were housing, transportation and food,” the Kentucky senator said. “These are not luxury goods, they are essentials, and they occupy a much larger share of the budgets of families from the middle class to the bottom.”

The Strategic Oil Reserve is an emergency stockpile to preserve access to oil in the event of natural disasters, national security concerns and other events. Maintained by the Department of Energy, the reserves are stored in caves created in salt domes along the Gulf coasts of Texas and Louisiana. There are approximately 605 million barrels of sweet and sour oil on the reserve.

As we emerge from an unprecedented global economic crisis, the supply of oil has not kept up with demand, forcing working families and businesses to pay the price.

–Jennifer Granholm, Energy Secretary

“As we emerge from an unprecedented global economic crisis, the supply of oil has not kept up with the demand, forcing families and businesses to pay the price,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in a press release. “This action underscores the president’s commitment to use the tools available to reduce costs for working families and continue our economic recovery.”

The Biden administration has argued that the reserve is the right tool to help alleviate the supply problem. Americans used an average of 20.7 million barrels a day in September, according to the Energy Information Administration. This means that the release almost equates to about two and a half days of additional supply.

The pandemic has turned energy markets – like everything else – out of whack on several fronts. When the closures began in April 2020, demand collapsed and oil futures prices turned negative. Energy traders didn’t want to end up with crude they couldn’t store. But as the economy recovered, prices hit a seven-year high in October.

American production has not recovered. Figures from the Energy Information Administration indicate that national production averages around 11 million barrels per day, up from 12.8 million before the start of the pandemic.

Republicans have also taken advantage of Biden’s efforts to minimize drilling and support renewables as the reason for the decline in production, although there are multiple market dynamics at play as fossil fuel prices are higher in the world. world.

“President Biden’s policies increase inflation and energy prices for the American people. Tapping into the strategic oil reserve will not solve the problem,” said Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyoming. “We are experiencing higher prices because the administration and Congressional Democrats are waging a war on American energy.”

The White House decision comes after weeks of diplomatic negotiations and the release will be taken in parallel with other nations. Japan and South Korea are also participating.

The US Department of Energy will make oil available from the Strategic Oil Reserve in two ways; 32 million barrels will be released in the coming months and will return to the reserve in the years to come, the White House said. An additional 18 million barrels will be part of an oil sale that Congress previously authorized.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday evening that the White House would also keep an eye on oil companies.

“We will continue to put pressure on the oil companies that have made record profits and watch what we see as lower prices there when there is a supply of oil or the price of oil goes down and the price goes down. gas is not going down, ”Psaki says. “It doesn’t take an expert in economics to know this is a problem.


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Growing strike action among U.S. airline workers against low wages and appalling working conditions


Across the country, a growing number of airport workers are striking or pushing strike action to oppose low wages, continuing safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and minimal staff levels. The struggles, led by airport concierges, catering workers, disabled assistants and flight attendants, are part of a struggle waged by broad layers of the working class internationally.

Denver International Airport (Wikimedia)

Airport workers are on the front lines of a fight not only against miserable wages and poor working conditions, but against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic across regions and national borders, which has been significantly worsened by the premature rush of businesses and governments at national and local level to reopen public places.

U.S. airlines received more than $ 74 billion in bailouts from the U.S. government during the pandemic. Airline inventories have skyrocketed after hearing last month’s announcement by the Biden administration that it was relaxing health restrictions on international travel, opening travel within the country to all fully vaccinated foreign visitors. “The full reopening of international travel is… essential to reviving economies around the world,” said Nicholas Calio, chairman of lobbying group Airlines for America, in response to the White House decision.

Airport workers are under pressure to work not only from management and government, but also from unions. While a number of workplace actions have taken place, unions have provided crucial support for reopening the U.S. economy during the holiday season, despite a growing winter spike in cases.

On Saturday, more than 350 janitors representing the security guard at Flagship Facility Services called a day-long strike at Denver International Airport after months of negotiations between Local 105 of the Service Employees International Union and the direction.

Luis Gonzalez, a striking airport worker, told Denver affiliate ABC News that workers were primarily concerned about “fair wages and workloads … [We keep] this place running. We risk ourselves every day and we deserve to be able to put food on the table for the holidays. “

According to the job site Indeed, Flagship Facility Service janitors earn an average of $ 12.72 per hour. A review of a company-offered janitor position in Salt Lake City, Utah, awards the position one out of five stars. “Nepotism is the way they distribute tasks”, explains the critic, adding that “managers are lazy and are the biggest hypocrites”. A Spanish-speaking reviewer also gave a job in San Diego, California a star. Referring to a question about the benefits of the job, the examiner responds “ninguna” (“none”).

The strike in Denver was halted by Local 105 after announcing a tentative deal it said was a “major achievement” in terms of wages and workloads, according to the local president.

It is not so. The deal includes a paltry $ 4 pay rise over three years, as well as commitments to increase staff and time off. While Local 105 President Ron Ruggiero has touted the deal as ending “40 years of wage stagnation,” the average gatekeeper wage will still be just over $ 16 an hour. That will equate to $ 33,536 in annual salary for a full-time worker, less than half the average salary of $ 72,000 in Denver, Colorado, according to .

Workers at other facilities are pushing for action against the airport industry in the days leading up to the holiday season. Wheelchair helpers at Orlando International Airport on Thursday protested understaffing, lack of sick pay and wages of just $ 8 an hour. The workers are employed by BAGS, Inc., a contractor working with both Frontier and American Airlines.

Workers at Tampa International Airport also protested the appalling conditions last week. “I help elderly and disabled passengers every day and yet I only get paid $ 7 an hour. What if I don’t tip enough to get dinner on the table? »Said Addis Abebe in Tampa SCS local branch. The protests in Tampa and Orlando were both called by the SEIU.

According to CBSNews, “Airlines rely on airport contractors to provide key services such as baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants and other positions. Workers say competitive bidding has led to falling wages and disappearing benefits. “

Employees at the food court at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Ariz., Organized by Unite Here Local 11, launched a weeklong strike on Monday, which is expected to last throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.

The strike is against understaffing, low wages and health insurance coverage at concessionaire operator HMSHost. Workers carried out a similar work stoppage in September. At that time, workers protested against low staffing levels which have “been a continual problem in recent months,” says AZCentral. “Passenger traffic and therefore demand for concessions have sharply returned to levels almost pre-pandemic, but airport concessionaires have struggled to fill positions to meet this demand,” the publication said.

Last month, 350 flight attendants voted 100% to authorize a strike against Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines, which operates 400 flights a day on the East Coast under the American Eagle brand. Piedmont flight attendants receive a base salary of almost half ($ 16,500) of the normal amount of workers in the industry.

Last Thursday, the AFA-CWA held an hour-long protest outside Charlotte International Airport in North Carolina. Despite the immense influence these workers have and the ability to link their struggles with others in the industry, the AFA-CWA continues to keep flight attendants at work while the union conducts negotiations with Piedmont, calling for no action to be taken that would harm vacation travel. Piedmont flight attendants haven’t had a new contract for three years.


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I drank bottled water from a dying arctic glacier


A glass bottle of Arctic Melt water on a counter as a ray of light hits the base of the bottle.

Liquid death, move on.
Photo: Brian Kahn

I spend an uncomfortable part of my life thinking about the death of the Arctic. Whether it be covering studies, writing on the the tundra explodes, or try to find the perfect photo to illustrate a story on the sudden melting of the Greenland ice sheet, the Arctic is a big part of my professional life.

Yet for all of the coverage I had no contact with the world above 66 degrees north, the latitude of the Arctic Circle. That is until last week when I received a bottle of Greenland Melt Water while attending United Nations climate talks in Glasgow.

Water was brought to the talks courtesy of Arctic base camp, a group of scientists who want to raise awareness of the collapse of the Arctic, which is warming nearly three times faster than the rest of the world. Receiving a bottle of water from Greenland, which basically suffers from the planetary equivalent of the flesh-eating disease, is an odd feeling. It is, literally, liquid death. (My apologies to Liquid death.)

Yet bottled water is also a ubiquitous facet of American life, with industry numbers showing that the country consumed 15 billion gallons of it in 2020 alone. The options for bottled water in any given bodega are plentiful, not to mention the choices in higher end markets or what you’ll find on the market. water menu composed by the only people in the country water sommelier.

With these two tensions, I did what any average American climate journalist would do. I threw away the water — which was put in glass bottles in Scotland, making it less damaging to the environment accordingly – in the refrigerator for a day, then opened to taste the end of the world. Watching the water spurting out of the bottle was reminiscent of what was happening on a much larger scale in Greenland.

The, the melting of the ice has accelerated and is now six times faster than in 1980. Large-scale collapses have hit the ice cap in recent years and a weird rain fell for the first time in history recorded at the top of the ice cap almost 3 kilometers above sea level. The ice cap also flows through holes in the surface, well, the list goes on. The point is that what was once solid is more and more liquid. And there I watched the end result pour into a glass. (Technically two drinks since intrepid Terran journalist Molly Taft joined me on this journey to the Arctic via bottled water.)

Glug, glug go to the glacier.
GIF: Brian Kahn

The water having finished spurting out of the bottle, I tilted the glass now rimmed with condensation on my lips. I don’t know what I expected. Maybe a hint of grain from the soot ends up on the ice cap thanks to massive forest fires. A kiss of salt from where glaciers meet the North Atlantic. Or maybe I would be hit staggered seen how melting ice alters the planet’s crust.

Instead, I didn’t taste anything. It was almost like distilled water. No taste or aftertaste. Just a drop of crispy liquid, then emptiness, my slightly icy teeth being the only sign that I had even taken a sip.

Arctic Basecamp’s water comes with a label and a campaign demanding that world leaders cut their emissions in half by the end of this decade. It would put the world on track to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). (Other estimates called even steeper cutsThe campaign also highlights that 17 million water bottles, just like the now half-empty one on the counter, were pouring into the ocean every second.

It was visceral to endure the consequences of a century or more of uninterrupted burning of fossil fuels, to be able to raise a glass. And yet, the lack of taste and the fact of seeing all the countries, a few days later, agreeing on a watered down climate pact felt a bit anticlimactic.

I had the pleasure (“pleasure”) of drinking another climate-inspired concoction, Fat Tire Scorched Earth Beer from the future. The beer was made from drought tolerant grains, sour dandelions, and smoked malts to mimic wildfire tinted water. Tasting the harsh future of failure was a punch. With the cold, harsh death of the Arctic in my mouth and the state of climate talks, I couldn’t help but think about how much more is needed to prevent the planet from falling off a cliff or, more precisely, being pushed back.


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Salt lake city

A chilly start gives way to a sunny day in Utah


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Good Monday Utah! With the high pressure still under control, we will see another day of calm and dry weather with plenty of sun again. Temperatures will also be slightly above average.

As usual for this time of year, we will see a cool morning with temperatures around 20 and 30 degrees. We will definitely want the layers for the day because as we head into the afternoon our temperatures rise slightly as we jump into the upper 40s and 50s for most of the Beehive State and even see the mid-1960s in St.. George.

Winds won’t really be a factor for most of us anymore, except for a part of the area between Cedar City and New Harmony where it can get breezy at times. As the evening hours approach, we still have a lot of clear skies before the clouds accumulate thanks to 2 weather systems that will barely fly over us on Tuesday.

In short, another dry and a little hotter day which promises to start the work week well.

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Utah economy

Nebraska just recorded lowest unemployment rate since 1976

Coastal climates and views of palm trees have made California and Florida major retirement destinations. But for those looking for work, one Midwestern state outperforms the rest.

Nebraska’s unemployment rate fell to 1.9% in October, less than half the national rate of 4.6%. In fact, Cornhusker state just had the lowest unemployment rate since 1976, according to US Department of Labor statistics.

A growing state

As the state’s economy is running at full speed, there are three times as many job openings in Nebraska as there are unemployed people looking for work – the highest ratio in the country, according to ZipRecruiter .

Several factors have helped the state stay well below the national unemployment average since the start of the pandemic:

  • Important industries like agriculture and food processing (remember, they don’t just grow corn there, they peel it) were deemed essential, so government-imposed business closures in Nebraska were limited.
  • The state also produces a large number of high school graduates, which translates into a smaller pool of unemployed people, according to Eric Thompson, professor of economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Governor Pete Ricketts called the record unemployment figure “a sign of our strong job growth, successful re-employment services and extraordinary economic resilience,” adding: “Nebraska offers many good career opportunities. paid for anyone looking to enjoy the good life! “

Found a job: The labor shortage in the United States is a lingering force driving unemployment down in many states as companies scramble to raise wages and benefits to attract talent. Utah, Idaho, South Dakota and Oklahoma all recorded unemployment rates below 3% in October. It seems the only Cornhusker who is going through a rough patch these days is U-of-N coach Scott Frost.

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Salt lake city government

Let me count the many ways the madness bubbled up in Utah


(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Carson Jorgensen, President of the Utah Republican Party, center, was surrounded by members of the public reacting in accordance with the public’s comments by raising their hands in solidarity against the new cards House Building Redistribution Panel, Room 30, November 8, 2021. The public was able to respond to the Utah Legislature’s Redistribution Committee’s only public hearing on Monday for the map proposals.

I guess I’m not the only person in Salt Lake City today who feels like I’m sinking into a bottomless pit of despair. We all knew there was an undercurrent of madness lurking in our state, but it has now bubbled over the state pot.

If it was just madness, but, unfortunately, it is multiple: the indictment of an entire county for blatant racial discrimination, a group of young students and a teacher from an elementary school responsible for the suicide of ‘a ten year old black autistic child, the Utah legislature and governor turn their backs 100% on voters’ rights to a fair redistribution, three of our four lawmakers voting to block Utah from us money for new roads and infrastructure, and, as Geoge Pyle said so clearly, our own lawmakers are clearly setting us on the path to a national fascist government in the not-so-distant future.

I’m starting to believe that the Davis District isn’t alone in its stupidity and high opinion of itself, that our own government has made Utah an oligarchy-ruled state with very little actual electoral representation. , and that many Utah residents are wondering how we can escape the democratic ghetto of Salt Lake City before his clear and present death. And our majority religious institution in this not-so-fair state must ask itself when and where it all went so horribly wrong.

Bev Terry, Salt Lake City

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SLC Mayor Mendenhall on Transgender Day of Remembrance: “Our city is here for you”


Friday marks Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day dedicated to remembering those who have been murdered due to transphobia.

In Salt Salt Lake City, 320 flags have been placed outside the Salt Lake City and County Building, each bearing the name and biography of a transgender person who has lost their life in the past year.

The exhibit is part of several events taking place in the city, including a Transgender Day of Remembrance program that takes place at the Capitol Rotunda and a memorial service and candlelight vigil scheduled for Saturday night among the flags in Salt. Lake City and County Building.

“Transgender Day of Remembrance is an opportunity for us to reflect on the beautiful lives we have lost to transphobia and reaffirm our commitment to fight hate and protect trans lives,” said Erin Mendenhall, Mayor of Salt Lake City. tweeted. “To our SLC transgender community, I see you, I love you and our city is here for you.”

President Joe Biden also issued a statement Friday, urging the Senate to pass the equality law so that “everyone can live free from fear and discrimination”.

“This year, at least 46 transgender people in this country – and hundreds more around the world – have been killed in horrific acts of violence,” the statement said. “Each of those lives was precious. Each of them deserved freedom, justice and joy. Today on Transgender Day of Remembrance, we mourn those we lost during the year. deadliest on record for transgender Americans, as well as countless other transgender people – disproportionately black and brown transgender women and girls – who face brutal violence, discrimination and harassment. “

He said transgender people still live in fear and face systemic barriers to freedom and equality, and he highlighted what he called the “worrying proliferation of discriminatory state laws” that has been enacted across the country and targets transgender people.

Utah lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would regulate the participation of transgender athletes in high school sports, despite the Utah High School Activities Association have no records of transgender children playing on any team.

According to a study from the UCLA School of Law Williams Institute, transgender people are more than four times more likely than cisgender people to experience violence.

“Transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know,” Biden said. “But no one should have to be brave just to live in safety and with dignity. Today we remember. Tomorrow – and every day – we must keep taking action.”

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Utah US Officials Blow Up $ 1.85 Billion Build Back Better Act, Mainly Due to Price | News, Sports, Jobs

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Utah delegation to the US House of Representatives, clockwise from top left: Representatives Blake Moore, Burgess Owens, Chris Stewart and John Curtis. All are Republicans.

WASHINGTON, DC – President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act may have gotten the go-ahead in the United States House of Representatives, but it wasn’t thanks to the four members of the Utah House.

All four of them, Representatives Blake Moore, Chris Stewart, Burgess Owens and John Curtis, voted against, like everyone else in the House.

The $ 1.85 trillion measure was passed on Friday largely along partisan lines in a vote of 220-213 and is now going to the US Senate. It contains a series of provisions increasing childcare assistance, improving access to kindergarten, reducing prescription drug costs and helping efforts to slow climate change, according to the Associated Press. .

It got a lot of criticism, not least because of the cost, and here’s what the four members of the United States House from Utah had to say:

Blake Moore: “These federal spending envelopes are directly hurting working families in Utah,” the 1st District representative said. “Rather than pushing this massive spending, our government must focus on tackling crippling inflation, supply chain and labor shortages resulting from liberal policies. I will continue to work with my colleagues on ways to more responsibly respect U.S. tax dollars and improve our economic outlook.

Moore lambasted what he called the House Democrats’ “sweeping tax and spending agenda”, saying their policies had caused inflation on everything “from gasoline to the grocery store.”

Burgess Owens: “America currently has $ 28 trillion in debt, inflation is at a three-decade high, and consumer prices are rising at the fastest rate since 1990,” said Owens, representative of the 4th. district. “Instead of easing those burdens and leading our country through an economic crisis, this far-left kitchen sink set uses budget gimmicks and sunsets to spend what we don’t have on programs we don’t need. “

Citing a Congressional Budget Office estimate that the measure would increase the US deficit by $ 367 billion, he said “generations of Utahns will bear the brunt of today’s vote.”

John Curtis: “There is no doubt that injecting more government money into the economy will worsen inflation, especially at such a high rate,” said the representative of the 3rd arrondissement.

Friday’s action comes following the approval of other spending plans pushed by Biden and the Democrats, he said, and as “Americans across the country are reeling from the effects of rising inflation, supply chain issues and some of the highest gas prices in history. There is no question that pumping more government money into the economy will worsen inflation, especially at such a rapid rate. “

Chris Stewart: “President Biden must accept these basic realities: the American people are the key to our nation’s success; spending more of the taxpayer’s money to expand government control is our loss, ”said the representative of the 2nd district. “Until we start prioritizing individual freedom over big government, we will continue to suffer the same economic consequences.”

In a statement, Biden hailed the Build Back Better Act as “another giant leap in my economic plan to create jobs, cut costs, make our country more competitive, and give working people and the middle class a boost. chance to fight “.

He said it would reduce the US deficit in the long run. “It’s all paid off by ensuring that the wealthiest Americans and the biggest corporations start paying their fair share of federal taxes,” Biden said.

On Monday, Biden enacted the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the $ 1.2 trillion measure to improve U.S. infrastructure. All four of Utah congressmen also voted against the bill earlier this month. Utah senators have split, with Senator Mike Lee voting against and Senator Mitt Romney voting for.


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Salt lake city government

After a broken water pipe, who pays for the damage – the city or its residents?


A viewer sent KSL a video of a torrent of water flowing down Park City’s Main Street following a water main rupture on July 11, 2019. (Grace McGowan)

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PARK CITY – When a city’s water main breaks and sends water into homes and businesses, someone has to take care of the mess. But who is responsible for paying for the damage: the city or its inhabitants?

Park City resident Mark Stemler believes the city should be responsible for the damage to his home. But court records show the city denies any negligence, citing the government immunity law.

A river crosses it

“Water flowed through the planks to the crawl space,” Stemler said as he described to KSL investigators the damage to his century-old home near Main Street in downtown Park City.

A main burst on the night of July 11, 2019, creating a huge sinkhole right next to Stemler’s house. It also sent thousands upon thousands of gallons of water into the house, soaking basement rugs and furniture and destroying much of the drywall. The flood left a watermark nearly a foot above the ground.

As serious as the damage was, the foundation made matters worse.

A structural engineer found the water accumulated up to two feet high. It saturated the soil that supported the footings, enough to reduce the density of the soil. All this movement destabilized the foundations, including two pillars of stacked concrete blocks, according to the engineer’s report.

So how much will all this damage cost to repair?

“Well, I’m thinking of a few hundred thousand dollars,” Stemler said.

Public works crews worked to repair a huge chasm that opened up next to Mark Stemler's house in July 2019.
Public works crews worked to repair a huge chasm that opened up next to Mark Stemler’s home in July 2019 (Photo: Mark Stemler)

Who is responsible?

Stemler said his home insurance will cover drywall, but the policy will not touch the foundation. He thinks Park City should be responsible for this. After all, it was their water line that broke. He said in the 29 months since the break he still hasn’t received a dime from the city.

In most situations, a city’s liability for damage caused by a broken water main ends at the meter between the main and the house’s supply line. From that point on, it is up to the owner to take responsibility for the damage. But Stemler’s situation is not like most.

The day after the break, Park City city officials told KSL the cause could be linked to a new roadway. Hours before the main burst, a city-hired road crew laid fresh asphalt over the pipeline, right next to Stemler’s house.

“The town man said the break was likely due to compaction and work done with the asphalt that day,” Stemler said.

To make matters worse, this team covered covers on the street that would have allowed responders to access the mainline valves. And the access covers have been covered without their location being marked. On the evening of the break, the public works and firefighters had to dig in this new asphalt to find these valves.

“They spent over three hours trying to locate them so that they could open them, so they could turn them off,” Stemler explained.

Government immunity and negligence

Stemler has filed a lawsuit against Park City and its asphalt contractor, alleging that concealing valve access covers, among other things, constitutes gross negligence. But does his argument – hold water?

Lawyer Robert Sykes does not represent Stemler or Park City or its asphalt contractor, but he studies and practices government claims law and believes Stemler may have a case.

Attorney Robert Sykes tells KSL's Matt Gephart how a city could still be held liable for a water main rupture under Utah's Governmental Immunity Act.
Attorney Robert Sykes tells KSL’s Matt Gephart how a city could still be held liable for a water main rupture under Utah’s Governmental Immunity Act. (Photo: Ken Fall, KSL-TV)

Sykes said that in general, under Utah’s Governmental Immunity Act, municipalities cannot be held responsible for acts that constitute a function of government, such as providing water to homes or businesses, unless that negligence cannot be proven. Under its immunity waivers provision, a government entity can be held liable if its work creates a faulty, unsafe, or unsafe condition of any freeway, road, culvert, bridge, tunnel, lane, crosswalk, overpass. or structure therein or any other public improvement.

“It seems to me that you have the faulty and dangerous condition of a freeway or a road,” Sykes said. “And the reason you have that is because they’re covering it up and didn’t get in fast enough for them to fix something.”

Park City officials also told media the cause was a broken valve. And there was another complication: A city spokeswoman told KSL the day after the break that “the valves were somewhat rusty and this was contributing to the incident.”

“I would say a rusty valve is neglect,” said Sykes. “Because it is very predictable that you will turn a rusty valve and it will break.”

Through KSL and other media, the city also asked residents and businesses to contact the city to report the property damage.

“They are making a confession for interest,” Sykes explained. “It’s admissible in court.”

So what does Park City have to say about all of this now? In a statement emailed to KSL investigators, not much. “As usual with ongoing litigation, Park City Municipal has no comment on this matter.”

However, in court records, city attorneys deny Stemler’s allegations of negligence, saying there is no evidence. And they invoke the Governmental Immunity Act of Utah.

The growing risk of ruptured water pipes

But the problems caused by ruptured water pipes won’t end in a Park City courtroom or in Stemler’s crawl space.

A 2018 survey of more than 300 utilities in the United States and Canada by researchers at Utah State University found that water line ruptures increased by 27% overall between 2012 and 2018. Ruptures in old water pipes made of cast iron or asbestos cement have increased by more than 40%. According to the report, pipes made from these two materials alone make up 41% of all water pipes in North America. And at that time, only 58% of those utilities said they had a regular pipe replacement program. Most of those old water pipes have only gotten old since.

It is not very difficult to find examples.

Last July, a water main rupture affected 15 homes in Murray. Another rupture created a geyser that closed a freeway exit ramp near downtown Salt Lake City in September. That same day, another broken Park City water main sent mud and water into the parking lot at Snow Creek Plaza. And in October, St. George News reported a 50-year-old pipe rupture in the St. George’s Bloomington Hills area that sent water to the basement of a house.

Don’t bet on insurance

If proving a city to be negligent is an uphill battle, how can landlords protect themselves? Well, don’t rely on your home insurance policy, explained insurance expert Les Masterson of

“It’s just not a covered peril. It’s not like fire or vandalism – those kinds of things that are usually covered,” Masterson said. “Insurers think it’s not their responsibility. It’s the city’s responsibility to make sure this doesn’t happen.”

Masterson says most flood insurance policies will not cover water line ruptures. They are used to cover damage caused by bad weather. However, an additional policy for an owner may be available.

“If it is something that concerns someone, they absolutely have to ask questions about it and see if it is possible to add it to the policy, knowing that it will cost more,” said Masterson.

As for Stemler and his damaged house, he vows to keep fighting the Park City town hall.

Mark Stemler tells KSL's Matt Gephart why he thinks the city is responsible for the damage to his home.
Mark Stemler tells KSL’s Matt Gephart why he thinks the city is responsible for the damage to his home. (Photo: Tanner Siegworth, KSL-TV)

“If you damage your neighbor’s property, you’re not looking for legal angles to try to avoid paying for it,” he said. “Come in and fix things. “

Pipe replacement program

KSL investigators asked Park City Municipal if it had some kind of pipe replacement program in place. In a statement, they told us:

“Park City Public Utilities’ asset management program includes an inventory of all significant assets, including underground infrastructure. This involves monitoring age, size, type, condition and performance. We use this information to establish our replacement priorities. Our goal is to minimize the disruption of water service to our customers and to minimize the potential damage associated with water line failures. “

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Salt Lake Chamber: RSG Performance


Here’s Derek Miller talking about business. More and more, the best companies are offering wellness programs focused on improving the lives of company employees. Monnica Manuel, President of RSG Performance, explains how her company’s advanced training can have a positive impact on Utah businesses.


In April, then again in July and again in August, the number of workers who quit broke all-time records. Even before this Great Resignation, as it’s known, GALLUP RESEARCH showed us that employee disengagement is already costing US businesses $ 450 billion a year. Forbes magazine tells us that this represents 34% of each employee’s annual salary.

For owners and managers, this is a wake-up call and we encourage leaders to reconsider the corporate culture to find new ways to engage employees, to excite them and to engage in their work and their place of work.

Gallup has also shown that employees want career development and personal improvement – not table tennis and free lunches, and that the antidote to employee disengagement is managers who know how to coach.

RSG Performance uses evidence-based practices informed by years of executive leadership to transform you and your leaders into great coaches. You can find out more about our programs at RSGPERFORMANCE.COM.


RSG Performance stands for “Ready, set, go performance”. You can stop by their table during the Women & Business Conference, an event hosted by the Salt Lake Chamber, to be held at the Grand America Hotel on Friday, November 19. I’m Derek Miller from the Salt Lake City Chamber, talking about business.

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Utah ‘would be finished’ by bringing NFL team to declare, says Cox

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Utah Jazz super fan Governor Spencer J. Cox is also supportive of the arrival of another professional sports franchise in the state.

Speaking to reporters at his monthly press conference, Cox was asked if he would support a National Football League team in Beehive State, to which he basically replied: “I keep going. “.

“I don’t know if there is a limit to what I would do to get an NFL team here in the state of Utah,” the governor and sports fan said, adding his office was already working with the recently moved Las. Vegas Raiders on building their fan base in the state.

“If there was an opportunity for an NFL franchise here in the state of Utah, we’d be ready for anything,” Cox said. “We are ‘the state of sport’. “

Cox’s prompting on any potential interest he might have in wooing the NFL in Utah was undoubtedly linked to reports that the 32-team league is considering a 40-team balloon expansion. Pro Football Focus, one of the most beloved football analysis publications, gave weight to such reports in a social media post earlier this week that posed a question to its followers, including Salt Lake City. in a group of possible locations to place a team.

While Cox confirmed that the state would exchange any NFL interest in entering the region, his remarks also highlighted the challenges that would be inherent in a multibillion-dollar project.

“We know how good sports can be for the economy, and we would be very supportive of an NFL franchise, does that mean we would provide incentives to build a stadium as well?” It’s a good question. And ultimately, it is a decision that would be taken by state taxpayers through their elected officials, ”he added.

Cox’s words echo remarks made by Utah Athletic Commission Chairman and CEO Jeff Robbins when pursued the issue in October.

“The stadiums have evolved and the infrastructure and the cost of building the stadiums has become so expensive that somehow, if you look at most of the stadiums under construction, there is a pretty kind of public partnership. important that needs to be created, ”Robbins explained, citing the construction of the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, which cost nearly $ 2 billion, of which $ 750 million came from public funds.

Draper Town leaders have expressed interest in creating some sort of on-land sports entertainment venue that will be vacant when the State Prison moves to Tooele in 2022. It’s easy to guess where the County of Salt Lake touches the booming silicon slopes. area might be the best possible place in the state to locate a brand new NFL stadium, a must for bringing a team to town.

While the discussion is an exciting one, Cox added on Thursday that securing public funding for a football stadium – or a baseball stadium, because he believes a Major League Baseball team is more likely than one. NFL club in Utah – is not at the top of its priority list. .

“I don’t like giving billionaires taxpayer money, I think that’s a mistake,” the governor said. “It’s one thing to provide additional funding for a stadium and I’m not going to go through all of that, we’ve already done a bit of it. But what you see some of these billionaires doing is taking people hostage to write them a check to help pay for a stadium. It’s just that it’s a terrible economy and it’s bad policy. “

There is a bit of research to back up Cox’s claims. The report over a month ago also cited a study by economics researchers at UC Berkeley which found that publicly funded stadiums have little impact on the level of life of a community versus spending in other areas such as education or housing.

Yet the state’s interest in more top-level sporting events has always been high. Utah loves the sport, as evidenced by the support not only of Jazz, but of Real Salt Lake, the Salt Lake Bees, and college track programs including Utah and BYU. The 2002 Winter Olympics were considered a huge success and the process to bring the world stage back to Utah is already underway.

The state truly lives up to its nickname, the State of Sport.

Cox, who is well known as a vocal jazz fan, knows this well.

“I’m going to tell you that we just had the chance to meet the IOC for the first time, the selection committee of the International Olympic Committee last week, we had wonderful discussions, and they recognize Utah, again a times, in our time hosting the The Olympics before were an amazing place where people really support the sport, ”Cox said, adding that the NBA All-Star Game in 2023 would also generate a lot of excitement in the years to come. to come.

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Utah lawmakers say medical cannabis should be treated like other prescription drugs


SALT LAKE CITY – From a legal standpoint, medical cannabis is meant to be treated like any other prescription controlled substance in Utah.

Voters called for it when they passed Proposition 2, and the Utah state legislature has made this official policy in a series of bills that have regulated medical cannabis.

Thus, several conservative lawmakers were visibly furious to discover on Wednesday that some local governments were refusing to recognize medical cannabis as a controlled legal substance, especially with regard to government employees.

“The original intention of the legislature was always not to punish someone for being sick or for using medication correctly as prescribed,” said Sen. Daniel Thatcher, of R-West Valley City.

This is an issue that the Utah Patients Coalition, which advocates for medical cannabis patients, has been fighting for some time. The matter finally came to a head during Wednesday’s hearing of the Utah State Legislature’s Interim Government Operations Committee.

“We are seeing a small group of cities that are banning their employees from continuing to use medical cannabis even after it has been recommended by their doctor and has gone through the appropriate legal channels,” said the executive director of Utah Patients Coalition, Desiree Hennessy, in an interview with FOX. 13.

The problem has been particularly pronounced for first responders. Police and firefighters have obtained medical cannabis cards, but then find themselves in trouble with their own city.

“The mere presence of a medical cannabis card is enough for them to be removed from their post,” Hennessy said.

The committee supported a bill that would double the state’s policy that medical cannabis should be treated like any other controlled substance. Government employees obviously cannot use medical cannabis at work or be debilitated, but neither could they be punished for being a legal user.

“It’s almost like common sense tells you that if it is legal to use marijuana for medical purposes, it would be legal to have a card that says you can use marijuana. You would then not have to fear retaliation from an employer, let alone a subdivision of state. employer, ”said representative Phil Lyman, R-Blanding.

The bill will only apply to civil servants. However, Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers of R-Cedar City, who oversaw Utah’s medical cannabis legislation for the Senate Republican majority, said the intention had always been to encourage private employers to take the same approach with their employees.

“I would like to see the private industry, if they have policies around controlled substances then they follow the same law with cannabis,” Senator Vickers told FOX 13.

But like the vaccination warrants, Republican legislative leaders have been reluctant to dictate to private companies what they can and cannot do. Hennessy said she would like to see more private employers adopt pro-cannabis policies.

“The pendulum swings back and forth, doesn’t it? There’s an obstacle there,” she said. “The only thing we can predict that would solve the private employee problem is the education and experience of having employees who use medical cannabis.”


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Watkins man found incompetent to face sexual assault charge


ST. CLOUD – A Watkins man accused of sexually assaulting a former classmate has been found mentally incapable of facing the charge.

The alleged assault occurred in August while the woman was in a vehicle with a 22-year-old Fernando Andrews.

The woman said she went hanging out with Andrews, who was a former classmate, but when they started driving he started trying to hold her hand and kiss her. Court records show Andrews parked the car on a dirt road in South Haven, pulled down his shirt, bit his bare chest and put his hand in his pants.

Court records allege that he attempted to lure the woman towards him, but she pulled away and faced the window. Andrews then reportedly urinated on her.

The victim was able to escape and go to a house for help when Andrews pulled up and attempted to sexually assault her again. A woman looked after the victim until the police arrived and took her to the hospital for a sexual assault examination.

The mental fitness test results were released last week and a judge delivered his ruling at a hearing in Stearns County District Court on Wednesday.

Andrews is charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct by force or coercion. The criminal case against him is suspended unless his mental capacity can be restored.

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SLC leaders ‘frustrated’ as town again resorts to temporary shelter for winter homeless people


Cars parked outside the Ramada Inn in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. The site was chosen as an emergency homeless shelter this winter. (KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Leaders in the Utah capital are not happy that the city has once again been chosen to house an emergency winter shelter.

Salt Lake City Council, in a meeting Tuesday, reluctantly approved the Ramada Inn at 1659 W. North Temple as the site of a temporary 250-bed overflow this winter. Officials from the Salt Lake Valley Coalition to End Homelessness said the temporary facility will be a “safe, 24-hour, no-congregation environment” that will allow homeless people to escape the cold this winter.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall explained that the county coalition had selected the site and asked Salt Lake City to approve the use of an emergency shelter.

Although they recognized the need for the shelter, what upset the mayor and several members of the city council is that the city was wiretapped by the state for the three years that a shelter d urgency was needed following the decision to close The Road Home.

“I am frustrated by the disproportionate and largely unsupported efforts Salt Lake City is making to the statewide homelessness crisis,” Mendenhall said, moments before the council vote on Tuesday. “My frustration seems equal to that of City Council, where today’s discussion reflected a waning desire to permanently house the vast majority of services in this county without the financial support that should accompany that service.”

This winter’s shelter will be the second in a row to be found on the west side of town, an area Salt Lake City Councilor Ana Valdemoros called “the already stressed part of town.” She said police and firefighters requested more staff and overtime, and apologized for not being able to answer every call.

Valdemoros argued that a recent report that a homeless shelter was not feasible in other Utah towns and unincorporated areas of the county is an example that Salt Lake City has been pushed “into a corner” and ashamed if he didn’t open an emergency shelter.

Salt Lake City Councilor Victoria Petro-Eschler, who was sworn in last week and represents the area in which the shelter will be located, agreed. She added that she was concerned about issues that could arise for residents and small businesses near the emergency shelter.

“Asking the city to shoulder this burden once is an emergency. Having been asked multiple times now, with the west side significantly targeted, is a model,” Petro-Eschler said. “This model should disqualify this type of emergency demand. It is more of a seasonal demand.”

The additional resources needed for the shelter are why Salt Lake City Councilor Darin Mano said he believes the state should help cover the city’s costs.

There were also concerns about the intended property for the shelter raised at the meeting. Nigel Swaby, chairman of the Fairpark Community Council, said he visited the site earlier today and was “in poor condition”. He said he saw fixtures and floor coverings stripped from some rooms; some had a toilet above the beds.

“It will cost a lot more money and take longer to bring this building up to code than the time needed to provide housing in this year’s overflow,” he said.

Alejandro Puy, who was confirmed as the winner of the Salt Lake City Council District 2 race earlier Tuesday, said he had also visited the “place of great concern”.

“This motel is run down and I’m very worried,” Puy said. “I don’t know who’s going to pay to fix and code the place, but it’s very, very concerning – the state of it.”

At the end of the day, I don’t think we, as a group of elected officials, can have people potentially to freeze to death on the streets of our city.

–Chris Wharton, Salt Lake City Councilor

While city leaders and residents were not happy with the position they have been placed in, they also know time is running out. Temperatures in Salt Lake City fell below freezing overnight; the National Weather Service noted these are the coldest temperatures recorded in the city since the end of March. It’s a reminder that winter is fast approaching.

At the same time, the existing permanent shelters in Salt Lake County are already filling up. Andrew Johnston, the city’s director of homeless policy and outreach, told council in a working session earlier Tuesday that use of homeless shelters is “quite high,” at 97% in all areas.

Mendenhall recently posted a six-month hiatus on creating any new permanent shelter in the city, again explaining on Tuesday that the city “hosts far more than its fair share of homeless services” in the state. However, she added that she “intentionally” allowed an avenue to open for temporary overflow facilities because she believed residents would rather have temporary shelter in their city than see the homeless. having “nowhere to go, freezing in our streets”.

It was this sentiment that persuaded five of the seven city councilors to vote in favor of the shelter. Salt Lake City Councilor Chris Wharton said the vote was “difficult”. On the one hand, the city will be burdened with an additional burden which could exacerbate the problems in its west side; on the other hand, it can lead to a “life and death” situation for many homeless people if the state does not have an emergency winter shelter.

“At the end of the day, I don’t think we, as a group of elected officials, can have people potentially frozen to death on the streets of our city,” Wharton said. “It’s a national epidemic, but… Salt Lake City is escalating and doing so every year because our residents appreciate and understand that this is a crisis that we must at least do our part and try to protect. . “

The Salt Lake Valley Coalition to End Homelessness said the new space will have “24/7 onsite security, shuttles to transport customers, meals and connections to other services.” It says there will be 300 overflow beds available until April 2022.

This figure includes motel coupons in other cities and rugs from the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room and Weigand Homeless Resource Center.

“We know that there are many players involved in the development of these solutions and we are committed to being good partners to ensure we are providing consistent care to homeless people in collaboration with the surrounding community,” wrote the coalition in a press release. “We know the surrounding neighborhoods have faced a lot of pressures over the years and we look forward to working with the community as we serve our most vulnerable residents this winter. “

Meanwhile, Mendenhall says more needs to be done in the future so that Salt Lake City does not have to cover the costs of emergency shelter on its own. She said beds at homeless shelters should be distributed among other towns in the county and that Salt Lake City should secure “adequate” public funding for the public safety costs associated with running the shelter, which would otherwise fall on the city’s taxpayers.

Although frustrated with the process, the mayor said she still applauds the city council vote given the circumstances.

“This action will save lives,” she said. “But I know we all agree that the residents and businesses of Salt Lake City deserve a more balanced path forward.”

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Utah’s 2021 exercise ends with a bang

SALT LAKE CITY (November 16, 2021) – Utah’s 2021 fiscal year ends stronger than expected. Heads of state will have an additional $ 614 million to appropriate during the 2022 general session. These funds are likely an anomaly due to federal stimulus funds and economic volatility.

Governor Spencer J. Cox, President J. Stuart Adams and President Brad Wilson make the following statement regarding this surplus:

“Utah’s economy is booming and education funding is at an all-time high due to our state’s sound economic policies, including our efforts to quickly and safely reopen businesses during the pandemic. While this is an unusual year as the state has received unprecedented stimulus funding from the federal government, we remain committed to fiscal responsibility and funding forward-thinking and innovative projects. The investments we make now will benefit the Utahns for generations to come. “

Funds will be spent with a careful emphasis on fiscal responsibility, including the use of one-time money for one-time costs such as infrastructure investments and capital improvements.

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Biden administration to announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics, report says


The Biden administration is set to announce that neither the president nor any other U.S. government official will compete in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, according to a report.

Citing several sources familiar with the plans, The Washington Post reports that a diplomatic boycott is intended as a protest against human rights violations by the Chinese government without preventing American athletes from competing.

A formal recommendation has been made to President Joe Biden and he is expected to approve it before the end of November.

The timing of the announcement would not be linked to Monday night’s virtual meeting between Mr Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Information before the meeting suggested that Xi intended to bring up the Olympics during the meeting and even personally invite him to attend, but the matter was not discussed at the meeting according to a senior official. responsible for administration.

A reading from the White House virtual meeting reads: “President Biden has raised concerns about the [People’s Republic of China’s] in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, as well as human rights in general.

There was no prior word from the administration on the possibility of a boycott. Human rights groups and activists have called for a total boycott of the athletes.

In May, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for a diplomatic boycott to protest China’s human rights record without punishing American athletes.

Senator Mitt Romney, who oversaw the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, also called for an economic and diplomatic boycott in a New York Times editorial in March, arguing that a full boycott would be counterproductive.

He cited President Jimmy Carter’s decision to boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics as giving the Soviet Union a propaganda victory.

It is unclear whether a US diplomatic boycott would result in similar action by Washington allies or whether the move would be unilateral.

When Beijing last hosted the Olympics in 2008, President George W Bush accepted an invitation to attend despite the Chinese crackdown in Tibet. As a sign of support for human rights causes, the previous year it hosted the Dalai Lama and awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal.

Both the Biden and Trump administrations have called the Chinese government’s abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province an ongoing “genocide”.


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Salt Lake City abandons century-old Utah Pantages theater; building to be demolished


The Utah Theater is pictured in Salt Lake City on December 3, 2019. Salt Lake City, which purchased the building in 2010, has finalized its deal to turn it over to a development agency that is considering demolishing the building. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY – The set is now set for the demolition of the century-old Utah Pantages Theater to make way for the newest skyscraper in downtown Salt Lake City, despite attempts by outside groups to call for the building’s preservation.

The Salt Lake City redevelopment agency on Wednesday closed the transfer of the Main Street building to Texas-based global development company Hines. The transaction is seen as the city’s final step in the property transfer process; City officials said on Friday that Hines can now move forward with site preparation for construction of the new “150 Main” building.

Salt Lake City and its GDR had owned the property for a decade. In December 2019, they struck a deal with Hines, ceding ownership to the developer at no additional cost. By that time, it had already been revealed that the company wanted to build a 30-story building with 300 apartments in its place.

Details of the building continue to be worked out, but city officials said on Friday that the current plan still calls for a $ 100 million mixed-use building with 10% of the tower apartments designated as affordable housing for residents making up about 60% to 80% of the county’s median income.

“The closing of the sale represents an important step in the redevelopment of this property and now allows us to focus our attention on the benefits this project will provide. In particular, the inclusion of open spaces and affordable units that will provide the opportunity for the public and new residents to live, work and play in the city center, ”said Danny Walz, director of the city’s GDR , in a press release.

Wednesday’s transaction marks a possible final step in what has been a controversial few years in determining the fate of the building, although city officials have not indicated a timeframe for when the theater could be demolished.

The original construction of the theater began in 1918 and it opened in 1920. It was, among other things, one of the first buildings in the country to be fitted with an air conditioning system. It was then split into two theaters in the 1960s during renovations at the time.

City officials said the building had been vacant since 1992; they argued that he needed “substantial” rehabilitation since that time. The city’s redevelopment agency acquired the property in 2010. By the agency, the purpose of the purchase was to “activate Main Street” with the property, either by demolishing or renovating it. The agency has since estimated that it would cost between $ 40 million and $ 80 million to renovate the building as is, so it was sold.

“As the nation’s fastest growing state capital, Salt Lake City is in the midst of incredible growth and change. We need more housing, more access to affordable housing and more green space in our urban areas, ”Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said in a statement Friday. “While it is unfortunate that under previous ownership the theater has seen decades of intentional and unintentional degradation, it is encouraging that the upcoming development of the 150 Main will bring with it so many of our city’s current needs to the heart of our downtown. “

Groups like Preservation Utah and Save the Utah Pantages Theater opposed the 2019 sale and fought for the building to be preserved.

The first states that he had been involved in the attempt to preserve the theater for about two decades; the latter of the two attempted to get a question about the sale added to the city’s ballot this year, then sued the city after the initiative was denied. A 3rd District Court judge dismissed the lawsuit on September 23 – although the decision has since been appealed, court records show.

The Save the Utah Pantages Theater group also questioned the city’s rehabilitation estimate as a similar theater in Tacoma, Washington, was rehabilitated for less than $ 20 million. Its organizers named the theater to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in September. If the building is classified, this does not prevent the demolition of the building but would allow its owners to benefit from tax credits covering part of the cost of its rehabilitation.

After Wednesday’s transfer, the group’s organizers said in several social media posts that they were not done fighting to save the building.

“I’m not going anywhere. (Casey McDonough) is not going anywhere. (David Berg) is not going anywhere”, group organizer Michael Valentine wrote in a social media post on Friday. “Our international Pantages family is here for the long haul.… It took 12 years to save and restore the Ogden Egyptian in the 1980s. I’ve been here for two years, so if it takes me another decade, let it be. so be it.

“The only way this is all over is when the Pantages is safe, protected, restored and firmly in the hands of the people,” the message continued. “Until then you will not see any rest from me.

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Utah lawmakers approve bill that grants employees broad exemptions from workplace vaccination mandates

Employees who don’t want to comply with their workplace’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements just got coverage from the Utah Legislature.

The new bill, which was passed mostly along party lines during this week’s special session, still allows employers to demand vaccines, but the mandates are fundamentally toothless.

Employees have three options: a medical or religious exemption or an exemption for sincere personal beliefs. The bill also prevents business owners from firing workers who take advantage of these exemptions and requires companies to pay for COVID-19 workplace testing if necessary.

Some workplaces are excluded from the bill, such as federal contractors, organizations that provide Medicare and Medicaid services, and businesses with fewer than 15 employees.

Sponsor Senator Kirk Cullimore R-Sandy said he started working on the issue months ago when some companies started to impose vaccines.

“We want to respect the rights of companies, but we also recognize that employees are not the property of their employers,” Cullimore said. “We must respect the rights of employees to make the medical decisions that are best for them and their families. “

In the background, however, is the Biden administration’s testing or vaccination warrant, which has been Temporarily blocked due to a Federal Court ruling. Utah leaders have said they are determined to fight the president’s policy.

Currently, approximately 60% of eligible Utahns are fully immunized.

Representative Tim Hawkes, R-Centerville, opposed the new bill to break into business practices in an unprecedented way.

“Our state is a state of employment at will. This means you can resign or be fired at any time, or for any reason, and there are very few exceptions to this rule, ”said Hawkes. “We’re just not trying to micromanage things in this space. We just don’t do it.

Senator Luz Escamilla, of D-Salt Lake City, called the legislation “anti-business”.

“It doesn’t help our economy. It’s really putting [businesses] in a difficult place, ”said Escamilla.

But at least one state business leader has said he doesn’t care about legislative implications.

Curtis Blair, president of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, said he sees this as a way to push business owners to understand the needs of their employees.

“At the end of the day, these companies really need to monitor the policies they implement and their impact on bottom lines,” Blair said. “Your greatest asset [is] your staff and companies that ignore their people are the greatest asset probably have bigger issues than the vaccine to understand. “

The bill is now awaiting approval from Governor Spencer Cox.

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Here is the number of COVID-19 vaccines Utah has received so far



It has now been 47 weeks since the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine were sent to states, launching the largest vaccination campaign in human history. As of Nov. 9, the United States had sent 536,665,505 doses of the vaccine nationwide, equivalent to 163.5 percent of the U.S. 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. The vaccine distribution is based on the size of the adult population in each state, which – some experts say – can create inequalities in states where the spread of COVID-19 is worse and a larger share of the population is at risk.

Utah has received a total of 4,619,740 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of November 9. Adjusted for population, Utah received 144,098.6 shots per 100,000 population – less than the national average of 163,498.1 shots per 100,000 Americans and 9th lowest of all states. .

While Utah has so far received fewer vaccines per capita than the country as a whole, the state has a greater need for vaccines than the rest of the country. As of Nov. 9, there were 17,486.3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population in Utah – higher than the national rate of 14,073.0 cases per 100,000 Americans and the seventh highest of the 50 states.

While the federal government distributes vaccines to states, it is up to state governments to administer the vaccine, which creates variations in both the percentage of vaccines given and the percentage of the population vaccinated. In Utah, 82.7% of allocated vaccines were given to residents, which is the national average of 80.7% and the 16th highest share of any state.

Vaccines administered represent 119.2% of the state’s population, lower than the national figure of 132.0% 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 was 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.


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Utah Now Home to Southwest’s Best Convention Center


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – After more than 6,000 votes from around the world with a total of 603 destinations, the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center won the Southwestern Best Convention Center award at the 2021 Stella Awards.

The winners were from top hotels, convention centers, conference centers, convention and visitor offices, destination marketing organizations, destination management companies, airlines and cruise lines from around the world.

Hotels and service providers were nominated in 17 categories in six regions of the United States and around the world, for a total of 260 winners and finalists for 2021.

Once nominated, the finalists for each category were determined by the meeting planners during an open voting period. The winners were then selected by a jury of experts.

The winners were recognized for their overall excellence, excellent food and drink, professionalism of staff, technological innovations and other critical aspects of the meetings and event experience.

Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center was first built in 1899 but was destroyed by fire in 1910. A little over 50 years later, an arena covered with the same name was completed in 1969 serving as a sports arena and concert hall. This arena was then demolished, giving way to the brand new convention center which will open in 1996.

After several expansions in 2000 and 2005, the building size is now almost equal to one million square feet.


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Letter: Praised by the numbers and the reasoning of the writer | News, Sports, Jobs

I read Mr. Young’s editorial and was particularly interested in his dollar numbers that he claims. He declares:

“A lack of infant and toddler care costs our economy $ 57 billion each year in lost productivity, income and income, including $ 512 million from Utah. According to the latest census data we have for Utah, there are approximately 600,000 children between the ages of 6 and 18. There are approximately 209,000 children under the age of 6. Based on those numbers, the amount the federal government currently spends on “child tax credits” works out to about $ 2.5 billion a year in Utah alone. And it’s from a fund that none of these people put anything into. And now Mr. Young seems to think that we taxpayers need to bring more child care and expanded child care to people – on top of the extra benefits they already receive.

When will this be enough? This current administration is transforming our country into a welfare state. And at some point, the bills have to be paid. Another problem – Social Security retirement income is taxable – child tax credits are not.

It is an insult to any senior who retires from social security. And our state contributes to inequity by taxing social security.

Larry clark



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Utah House Approves Congressional Map Carving Out Salt Lake County | US government and politics



SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The Republican-controlled Utah House on Tuesday approved new congressional maps that set aside the work of an independent voter-approved redistribution commission in favor of limits that further cut out the Democratic-leaning Salt Lake County.

The cards were passed by 50 votes to 22, despite opposition from minority Democrats who urged lawmakers to support the redistribution cards created by the commission. “It robs the voter of the city and it is not necessary,” said Representative Jennifer Dailey-Provost, a Democrat from Salt Lake City.

But Republican Representative Paul Ray, who helped draw the newly approved maps, said they better reflect the state as a whole by including a mix of urban and rural voters. “Population data determines what we do,” he said.

The bill now goes to the State Senate.

The new districts will determine how voters elect members of Congress for the next decade. While much of Utah is conservative, one of its four congressional districts has been a swing district. The new maps will likely make the 4th Republican District more reliable by dividing liberal-leaning Salt Lake County into four districts rather than the three it is currently divided into.

Some Republicans have voted against the new plan as well, including Rep. Ray Ward: “There must be places where people know it could go both ways,” he said.

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The vote comes a day after dozens of frustrated people gathered to call on lawmakers to use one of the maps created by the Utah Independent Redistribution Commission. It was created after a slim majority of voters approved a voting initiative in 2018, but lawmakers weren’t required to use any of the cards they drew up.

House leaders said they took some of the commission’s results into account in creating the new maps, but said the state’s constitution gave them the power to draw new legislative districts.

“The elected representatives of the Legislature take their responsibility very seriously to do what they think is right,” Utah House President Brad Wilson said.

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Maverick Sports Bar at Salt City Best Fest


The Wendover Nugget and Maverick Gaming sponsor the Salt Lake Tribune’s first annual Salt City Best Fest.

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The Wendover Nugget and Maverick Gaming sponsor the Salt Lake Tribune’s first annual Salt City Best Fest.

On December 4, 2021, guests will explore three levels of the Leonardo Museum, sampling over 30 of the best restaurants, bars, and distilleries Salt Lake has to offer.

With live music from artists such as Blane Long from The Voice, this is sure to be one of the best December events in Salt Lake City.

Salt City’s first annual Best Fest, sponsored by Wendover Nugget, promises to be Salt Lake City’s hottest new festival

Salt Lake City‘s newest festival, Best Fest, celebrates and features the area’s best businesses as voted by locals.

Visitors may be surprised that there is no shortage of Salt Lake City nightlife, but locals know it better. That’s why earlier this year, the Salt Lake Tribune announced Salt City Best, a competition for local businesses to be selected as the best in the region.

The winner’s magazine comes out on December 5, 2021, but locals can get a glimpse of the valley’s top sellers by attending the event itself on December 4.

Discover new favorites with friends and family, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Leonardo Historical Museum downtown.

Sponsored by the Wendover Nugget Hotel and Casino, the Salt City Best Fest reflects Utah’s vibrant, foodie and musical culture.

The new and improved Wendover Nugget hotel and casino

Gambling was first legalized in the 1930s in the state of Nevada. Since then, Wendover has been a hot spot for Utahns looking for a little Vegas-style fun (but maybe don’t want to make the trip to Las Vegas).

Originally, the Wendover nugget was a rest station for travelers crossing the desert between Utah and Nevada. It later became the State Line Casino and Hotel, one of the the oldest casinos in the state of Nevada.

Now, under new ownership, it has been completely revitalized as the self-proclaimed “best place to play and stay” in Wendover. With 500 deluxe rooms, luxury bathrooms and suites, free shuttle service, premium sports betting and casino games, it is sure to have an amazing stay in Wendover.

Taste food from the updated Nugget Steakhouse

Only the finest hand-cut steaks are grilled to perfection at Nugget Steakhouse.

Recently updated as one of Wendover’s best dining experiences, the Nugget’s famous steaks will be available to be tasted at Salt City Best Fest.

Find out what’s on the menu and why people are scrambling to try these award-winning steak dishes. Plus, find out which drinks pair best with each dish!

You won’t want to miss it.

Win a trip to the Wendover Nugget at Salt City Best Fest!

Participants will have the chance to participate in freebies for a trip to the Wendover Nugget, as well as dinner vouchers, loot and more.

Simply enter the raffle during the event to win trips, dinners and prizes. Visit the kiosks for Maverick game and The Wendover Nugget during the event for extra chances of winning!

If you’ve been wishing for more concerts and live music in Salt Lake City, this event is for you. It’s hard to beat the live music, free travel, and the best sellers the city has to offer.

Book your ticket now, before the Salt City Best Fest is sold out!


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Sense. Cruz, Thune and Colleagues Urge USDA to Reconsider Its Decision to Include So-called “Net Neutrality” Commitments in the ReConnect Program

WASHINGTON, DC – US Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Thune (RS.D.), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, today sent a letter with several of their fellow Republicans to the US Department of Le Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack urged the agency to avoid imposing unnecessary “net neutrality” restrictions on broadband providers, which would threaten future investments in broadband infrastructure. The co-signers of the letter are Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.), Deb Fischer (R -Neb.), Ron Johnson (R -Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Dan Sullivan (R-Ala.), And Todd Young (R-Ind.).

In the letter, the senators wrote:

“It is deeply troubling that the USDA suggests that it has the power let alone the qualified personnel and expertise to make decisions regarding ‘lawful Internet traffic’. If the USDA decided to attempt to regulate the Internet in the absence of congressional authority, it would lead to enormous legal and market uncertainty.

“Rather than trying to impose monopoly-era regulations on broadband providers and politicize the ReConnect program, we urge you to reconsider your decision to provide additional rating points based on the USDA determination of what constitutes “net neutrality”.

Read the full text of the letter here and below.

The Honorable Tom Vilsack Secretary

US Department of Agriculture

1400 Independence Avenue, southwest

Washington, DC 20250

Dear Secretary Vilsack,

We write today about our concerns about the rating criteria for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Electronic Connectivity Pilot (ReConnect) program, which includes so-called “net neutrality” commitments. .

Building broadband infrastructure, including in some of this country’s most remote and rural areas, has transformed our country’s economy and opened up new opportunities for many Americans. Investment in broadband infrastructure by large and small providers remains at an all time high due to the lean regulatory approach taken by the federal government.

As you know, “net neutrality” restrictions have been the subject of much debate in Congress and the Federal Communications Commission, the agency that oversees our country’s telecommunications policy. Any effort to impose unnecessary “net neutrality” restrictions would be dangerous for our country’s vibrant broadband economy and threaten future investments in broadband infrastructure.

Further, it is deeply troubling that the USDA suggests that it has much less authority than qualified personnel and expertise to make decisions regarding “lawful Internet traffic”. If the USDA decided to attempt to regulate the Internet in the absence of congressional authority, it would lead to enormous legal and market uncertainty.

Rather than trying to impose monopoly-era regulations on broadband providers and politicize the ReConnect program, we urge you to reconsider your decision to provide additional rating points based on USDA determination of what constitutes “net neutrality”.


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Salt lake city government

Set Up To Fail: The Impact of Private Probation on the Poor


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Utah is one of the few states that allows private probation companies to control critical aspects of a person’s life. They decide what low-level offenders must do and pay to get out of the criminal justice system.

Probation aims to give people a chance to avoid prison by taking certain courses, treatment and tests. However, with private agencies taking direct advantage of these requirements, many people believe they are taking advantage of the system.

ABC4’s Jillian Smukler spoke with several probationers who went through private providers in Utah about their experiences. They have asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation and privacy concerns.

In Utah, thousands of people are currently on probation. With more and more low-level offenders being sent to private probation providers, concerns are growing as to whether they have their best interests in mind.

“How many courses can we enroll you in?” What requirements can we put on you that make it hard to do anything else because you know if you don’t do it right… private provider in Salt Lake County.

“I remember when I was making my first date with them I was paying and a lady was next to me and she said in front of them ‘this place is a joke’ and ‘they are going to keep you here as long as possible” said another probationer who went through another private Salt Lake County supplier.

Defense lawyer and former prosecutor Greg Skordas said he believes private probation agencies have a place in our criminal justice system. However, he said there is an inherent conflict for an agency to do both assessment and treatment.

“We all know, those of us who work in the system, that there are certain agencies that have a certain reputation… whether deserved or not… that they just keep keeping people in their system. It’s a revolving door, ”Skordas said.

This Skordas reference system was born out of necessity. In 1990, lawmakers passed the Private Probation Provider Licensing Act to ease the pressure on the overwhelmed public agency.

Fast forward 31 years later, there are 90 active private probation providers in Utah, including 26 in Salt Lake County.

“Historically, we’ve said this is something that shouldn’t happen, and the mix creates this conflict,” Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said.

Gill believes that assessments and treatments should be done by separate agencies, so the financial motivation to keep offenders longer is not there.

“We want to make sure that people receive direct proportional assistance without being systematically forced into longer treatment or mistreatment because they have been convicted of or ordered to do so,” said Gill.

ABC4 spoke with the owner of one of Salt Lake County’s 26 private probation agencies who disagreed.

“He says there is a problem with an agency like mine because there may be an inherent risk for the client because they are in the same agency. Yet I am not making treatment recommendations. I can give my advice to my advisers when they say “hey, I just saw one of your clients you see on probation, they say they never had any criminal charges, they say they have never had an education and they say there is no problem. ‘ And I say ‘whoa… are you serious?’ ”

Private probation providers can charge offenders for classes, drug and alcohol testing, and anything else they deem necessary for treatment. If the person is unable to pay, the probation officer could issue an offense and the offender could end up in jail.

“I remember hearing people say they were threatened, coerced, saying ‘if you don’t pay I’m going to send a negative report,’” said Gill.

However, the owner of a private probation provider says financial obligation helps hold offenders accountable.

“If they know they have to pay me $ 30 and they know that I will be doing case management services with them for that $ 30 appointment, they prepare to ask for help.

While these for-profit agencies rely on fees to generate income, other county-funded probation services do not have this problem.

“We offer waivers. So we have a monthly $ 15 probation fee if someone can’t afford that, we work with them. We can reduce it to $ 10… $ 5… or to zero. So it really depends on the individual and where they are, ”said Kele Griffone, Salt Lake County Division Director of Criminal Justice Services.

When someone is subject to a probation order, some of them choose their provider, others not.

“It’s a trap because in some jurisdictions you don’t have the supporting infrastructure you need from a government-based model so you have private vendors setting up a store there,” said Gill.

“In large counties, state and county services are overwhelmed. They don’t have the resources to take care of all the offenders, so the courts need these private probation services to pick up the people the state just isn’t going to pay for, ”Skordas said.

Skordas also said it all depends on the judge the offender is assigned to and the county they are in.

“Some judges will have agencies that they like and there may be only one agency in the courtroom and the judge will say ‘there is the judge you are going to see,'” Skordas said.

Many probationers believe there should be more transparency in their options.

“These people make you feel like you have to do it over there. And for me, it extended my time in the justice system because I had to choose between staying with them or working… because they prevented me from doing both, ”said a probationer who went through a private provider of the Salt Lake County.

“If someone feels like they are being exploited, there should be a way for them to set off these alarms without consequences for them,” Salt Lake County DA Gill said.

Until assessments and treatments are separated, Gill believes probationers will continue to run the risk of remaining in the criminal justice system.

“We are perpetuating this cycle of violence. We are perpetuating that and we are constantly using taxpayer dollars to solve a problem that we are helping to create through our inaction, ”said Gill.

Oscar Mata is the CEO of the Ethics Review Center in Ogden. It is a statewide accredited JRI institution that offers assessments, Prime for Life, and online courses.

“The question I always ask myself is ‘who benefits from all the treatments?’ I would say it’s not the community… it’s the treatment providers, ”Mata said.

Mata worked with Rep. Lou Shurtliff on Bill 55 before his death.

The bill, which would prevent private providers from doing both assessments and court-ordered treatments, was blocked by an internal committee. Some of his supporters are hoping another lawmaker will pick him up.

“I hope there is someone on the State Capitol who has the courage to stand up for this… this is important. I don’t care who you are. Everyone makes mistakes, and some mistakes are worse than others. No one should be exploited for monetary gain because of this mistake, ”Mata said.

In the meantime, some are calling for more oversight on these private probation agencies.

“If the courts and the legislature could say, ‘Look, we’re going to regulate what you do, what services you provide for certain crimes, and there will be state-mandated services… penalties if you will.’ So that they don’t just say “We think you need this class” when the rest of us go “we don’t even know what this class means,” said Greg Skordas.

Some owners of private probation providers agree that more rules are needed.

“I know people are being abused. I know… I know most of the complaints you’ve heard about… if the government had a better structure and better regulations for us, would be able to show you that what that complaint was is not necessarily a violation or unethical or unprofessional, ”a private probation owner said.

These private probation agencies are licensed by the Professional and Professional Licensing Division of the Department of Commerce.

Communications director Zach Whitney said that unless someone files a complaint with his division, he doesn’t send any of his investigators to make sure the company is following the rules.

“If there’s a real complaint or something substantial that our rules don’t oversee, then the Department of Social Services and / or DOPL can’t do anything about it. Thus, a customer who has a problem has just been closed by the State when he has a problem. Instead of… you know the investigator is actually able to come to me and say ‘hey, there’s this problem’. Can we talk about it so that I can give them your perception and what is your information? Said a private probation owner.


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Salt lake city

🌱 Fatal motorcycle crash + violent fight in downtown SLC


Happy Monday, people of Salt Lake City! Here’s everything you need to know to get started today on an informed note. Here is what is happening in the city today.

First of all, the weather forecast for the day:

Cloudy and sunny weather. High: 53 Low: 41.

Here are the best stories today in Salt Lake City:

  1. Authorities have released the identity of a motorcyclist who died in a crash that closed southbound lanes of I-15 on Friday evening. According to Utah Department of Public Safety, Michael rogers, 42, from Lehi, is said to have switched to HOV lanes in the 12300 South in clothier, but he did not leave enough space between him and the vehicle in front of him. (KUTV 2News)
  2. Three people are in jail after a violent brawl breaks out in the city center Salt lake city Saturday morning. Authorities said they received reports for the first time of a “big fight” near 39 E. Place of exchange around 2 a.m. When police arrived at the scene, they found three people injured. The Salt Lake City Police Department said one of those arrested was 23 years old Your Uelese who faces a charge of aggravated assault. (ABC 4)
  3. The J. Willard Marriott Library to University of Utah opened a new exhibition created by the Indigenous and Allied Students Association in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. (ABC 4)
  4. Salt lake city leaders unveiled a new arboretum on Saturday morning at the town’s historic cemetery, dedicated to its oldest sexton, Marc Smith. (Salt Lake City Tribune)
  5. The Utah Legislative Redistribution Committee released its proposed maps late Friday night. Salt Lake County was divided into four congressional districts, which is perhaps the most controversial part of the proposal. The current map of Congress divides it into three districts. (KUER 90.1)

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  • City Council Meeting – Town of Mill Creek (5:00 p.m.)
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Federal Court blocks Biden administration’s vaccination mandate

More than two dozen states have filed multiple legal challenges in federal court against the Biden administration’s vaccination or testing mandate for private companies, arguing that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not has no authority to issue the requirements.

All four lawsuits have been filed by groups from 26 states from the 8th, 11th, 6th and 5th circuits in the past few days. They are seeking to overturn an emergency rule released Thursday that requires companies with more than 100 employees to verify that their workers are vaccinated or that unvaccinated workers wear masks and undergo weekly Covid-19 tests.

The small business group Job Creators Network, as well as the Republican National Committee, have also said they plan to take legal action.

Generally speaking, the lawsuits argue that the Ministry of Labor does not have the power to issue a rule and that it did not follow the proper procedure to issue the temporary emergency standard.

The Florida, Georgia and Alabama 11th Circuit lawsuit also argues that the requirements conflict with the First Amendment and Restoration of Religious Freedom Act.

“This illegal tenure is yet another example of the Biden administration’s utter disregard for the constitutional rights accorded to our state and our citizens,” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said in a statement. “The federal government does not have the power to impose health care decisions on Georgian companies and its employees under the guise of occupational safety. We are fighting this unprecedented abuse of power to stop this mandate before it causes irreparable harm to our state and its economy. “

The court gave the government until 5 p.m. Monday to respond to the plaintiffs’ request for a permanent injunction. The Justice Department declined to comment. The White House returned the comment to the Labor Department.

Senator Ben Sasse called the vaccine warrants the “unconstitutional slop” of the Biden administration in a statement following the ruling, saying “Circuit Five got the better of this one.”

“The vaccines themselves are miracles of modern medicine and American ingenuity,” said the Nebraska Republican. “But we are not going to defeat this ugly virus with extreme partisanship or unconstitutional executive decrees. OSHA’s mandate is unconstitutional and, ultimately, will only increase reluctance to vaccinate. The President should carefully review this decision and reverse the course before the courts embarrass him again.

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Labor shortage hard for employers, a boon for job seekers


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Concerns over critical labor shortages have crossed the boundaries of the business community and are now shared by more than two-thirds of Utahns, according to a new survey.

The Deseret News / Hinckley Institute of Politics poll conducted earlier this month found that 68% of Utah voters polled are concerned about the number of unfilled jobs while 27% identified themselves as not concerned about the question and 5% were not sure of their position. The results come from a poll of 764 registered Utah voters and have a 3.54% margin of error.

Utah’s current unemployment rate of 2.4% maintains second place in the country, edged only by Nebraska’s 2% for the month of September according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Low unemployment is one of the main indicators of positive economic health, but it also serves as a litmus test for how difficult it can be for a typical business to hire the workers it needs, especially before seasonal spurts, such as the onset of the holiday shopping season.

Survey participants had mixed responses when asked who is responsible for adopting measures to address the state’s labor shortage dilemma, but 44% said they thought it was a problem for the private sector to deal with. Of those who think public entities should play a role in crafting a fix, 22% said it is the state government‘s responsibility and 19% think federal agencies should work on a resolution.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said he shares the concerns of most Utahns, as evidenced by the new Deseret News poll, and that he is taking a close look at all aspects of faster-than-recovery recovery. Most of the state of the worst impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While we are thrilled with Utah’s 2.4% unemployment rate, we are very concerned about the labor shortage affecting every industry in every community in Utah,” Cox told Deseret. News. “We are currently working with experts and economists to learn more about changes in worker participation and expectations in the wake of the pandemic.

“As markets continue to adjust, government officials need to be vigilant to ensure that we avoid discouraging work.”

This spring, Cox announced his own decision to help remove some perceived work disincentives and force more vigorous job search efforts among unemployed Utahns when he announced his decision to suspend federal benefits from unemployment insurance linked to the pandemic on June 26, more than two months before their scheduled expiration.

But data from a study released in August suggests the plan didn’t quite lead to those results, and the nation’s leading economy in Utah could be at least in part to blame.

A two-part survey conducted in June by researchers at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business sampled the feelings of jobless business owners and Utahns, including 500 households, about the outcome of the changes. in state unemployment benefits, among other issues.

One of the most notable data points went to the heart of Cox’s hopes that the removal of benefits and extended benefits would entice job seekers.

“To assess the impact of the expiration of additional (unemployment insurance) payments, we asked respondents if this expiration would influence the time and effort they devote to job search or financial planning. “Says the investigation report. “More than 90% of respondents say that the expiry of (unemployment) benefits will have no impact on their efforts to find work or their saving behavior.

While Utah currently has more jobs than before the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 53,000 cumulative new positions added since September 2019, the state’s employment participation rate is still at the bottom. lags behind pre-pandemic levels. And, the most recent data available shows that the 131,000 job postings in July far exceeded the 79,000 hires this month.

“Utah’s economy is still moving strongly through the biggest pandemic event,” said Mark Knold, chief economist at the Department of Workforce Services in a statement accompanying the agency’s monthly employment report for the week. last. “Utah’s economy has more jobs now than it did before the pandemic began, and that is a testament to Utah’s economic resilience. There is still room for improvement as the engagement of the workforce in the labor market is lower than it was before the pandemic.

“For some, apprehension persists about returning to work, that is, interacting with the public. We see this as a natural and short-term condition and not as a new normal. “

As Utah companies looking to build their own workforce face stiff competition in the state’s current work environment, the circumstances are of huge benefit to those on the research side. employment out of the equation, and wages are rising and especially for those on lower wage levels, according to state labor services economists.

Salt Lake Chamber President / CEO Derek Miller said Utah companies across multiple industries are struggling to fill critical positions.

“We really can’t overestimate the magnitude or impact of the problem,” Miller said. “I was in St. George last week and walked into an ice cream shop. There were three teenage girls there who worked all over the place, struggling to keep up with business. They tried their best and apologized to customers, but also informed people that there would be a 45 minute wait.

“This is the case wherever you go in the state, and it’s not just consumer-oriented businesses like an ice cream shop trying to meet the challenges.”

Miller also fears that President Joe Biden’s upcoming implementation of vaccine mandates for large private companies will further exacerbate staffing issues for employers as some workers bail out to protest vaccine or forced testing requirements. .

“I’m worried about the labor shortage that the federal mandate could make matters worse,” Miller said. “I don’t know how it’s going to play out, but I’m trying to keep an eye on the horizon on this issue.”

For current Utah job seekers, however, the horizons have never been brighter.

In an interview with Deseret News, Michael Jeanfreau, senior economist with the Utah Department of Workforce Services, said the state’s current job market is a boon for those looking to find a first job as well as for those who wish to increase their income by moving to a new position. . This, he said, is especially true for positions with lower education requirements.

“What we are seeing right now are worse circumstances from an employers’ point of view, but better circumstances for employees,” Jeanfreau said. “If Amazon is hiring 250 new drivers right now and I work at a gas station, this looks like a great opportunity.”

Jeanfreau said that competition for workers resulting in increases in pay rates is a factor that improves the quality of life for employees in all fields and makes Utah an even more attractive environment for workers in all sectors.

“When the bottom goes up, everyone goes up too,” Jeanfreau said. “From an economic point of view, they are all linked. Positive upward economic mobility concerns everyone.


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Missing Utah: Finding Kandis Harris


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – It’s a desperate call from a grandmother who wants to know where her granddaughter is.

Kandis Harris, 16 years old, disappeared in July and has not heard from since. There are fears that Harris, also known as Brooklyn, may be a victim of human trafficking.

That is why Exit, an advocacy group joined the family to help find her. On Saturday, the organization will sponsor a “Find Kandis” event at Liberty Park.

“We have this radiation Event Saturday (November 6) at Liberty Park at 10 am, ”said Amber Kehl, spokesperson for Exitus. “We ask the community to come and Support family and let Kandis know she’s not forgotten.

Kandis’ grandmother is his legal guardian and remembers that day in July when she disappeared.

“Kandis walked through the fence and left the facility (Odyssey House), ”Said Diane Carpenter. “I have no idea where she left because in her state of mind she was very depressed.”

Kandis was undergoing treatment at Odyssey House. This isn’t the first time she’s been ordered to get help at places like Odyssey House.

“We were told it was a secure facility,” Harrison said.

But it was not. Carpenter later learned that it was not secure and that the staff are not allowed to touch the teenagers who live there. An Odyssey House spokesperson citing the privacy rules would not confirm whether Harris was even at the facility receiving treatment.

Carpenter gathered some of his things, including a notebook with Kandis’ diary in it.

“(She) pretended she really didn’t care if she lived or died,” Carpenter said. “She was in a very low place in her life.”

Her grandmother said Kandis used social media on a daily basis, but since her disappearance she hasn’t posted anything.

“No one has seen or heard of Kandis,” Carpenter said. “She hasn’t shown any activity on any social media account, which means there’s a really big red flag.”

She recently learned that she may have spotted Kandis on July 19, four days after leaving Odyssey House.

As far as she knows, Kandis is still in the area.

“I know she was gone and was on the streets of Salt Lake,” Carpenter said.

Exitus, the human trafficking advocacy group, became involved in mid-August after learning that Kandis could be a victim.

“Since we took on this case in mid-August, we’ve had a few arrests of individuals,” Kehl said. “We believe Kandis is a high risk minor who found herself in a situation where her ability to choose was taken away from her.”

Kehl did not want to explain why the organization believed Kandis was trafficked.

Members of Exitus carried out nightly searches for her and other victims of human trafficking. During a search Thursday night, they came across several men gathered outside a convenience store in Salt Lake City.

“You have a trafficker who brings the girls in,” said a member of the surveillance team. “(He tells them) which one do you want? “

Kandis was not there.

Exitus also posted leaflets look for information on his whereabouts.

The family are also offering a reward of $ 2,000 for his safe return.

Saturday’s event will also include the release of 115 balloons, one for each day she’s gone missing. According to Carpenter, people can sponsor a balloon for $ 10. The money will be used to increase the reward and pay for the flyers.

Just in case Kandis or Brooklyn Harris were within earshot, her grandmother had a message for her.

“Kandis, you can go home,” she said. “We love you, we want you at home. I promise if you get home, we’ll fix this.

A Salt Lake City police spokesperson did not confirm the two arrests made according to Exitus. But the spokesperson said they were actively investigating Kandis’s fate. Anyone with information can contact police.


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Cisco’s Story: The Rise, Fall, and Rise of a Small Town Utah | Go out and go

Cisco, Utah, is a former railway town and a breeding center. While Cisco isn’t a ghost town – the 2020 U.S. Census recorded four residents – Cisco has seen busier days.

The town of Cisco arose because of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad (D&RG), which was built through Grand County in the 1880s. The railroad company operated a depot and water treatment plant to pump l Colorado River water to replenish its steam locomotives. Drinking water for Cisco’s businesses and homes was transported by train and transported by hand in buckets to cisterns. Thanks to the railroad, which made it easy to export livestock and livestock products, the multiple livestock operations around Cisco provided another facet of the industry to the remote community.

By 1944 Cisco had a post office, general store, one-room school, several houses, and a ranch owned by the Pace Cattle Company. However, Interstate Highway 70 was built five miles north of downtown Cisco, and the D&RG was converted to diesel locomotives, so the Cisco station was no longer needed. The city’s population dried up soon after, and Cisco was largely unoccupied for years. Many buildings have fallen into disrepair, but many have survived and retain a character that takes visitors almost a century back to a more bustling Desert City era.

The city of Cisco is now accessible between Utah 128 and the Danish Flat exit of I-70. Visitors to Cisco should be aware that the city is home to residents and is not on public land, and should be aware of the property lines. The community has gained attention in recent years with the Home of the Brave Artist Residency Program created by Cisco resident Eileen Muza. Additionally, Buzzard’s Belly General Store reopened in 2019, serving passers-by and boaters accessing the nearby Cisco boat launch, the terminus for Westwater Canyon boat tours on the Colorado River. As Cisco’s story continues to be written by residents, its trajectory is emblematic of the ebbs and flows seen in many communities across Grand County in response to an ever-changing economy and culture.

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Major road improvements are underway for Mill Creek, but will they improve the popular canyon?


Acre for acre, few outdoor recreation areas in Utah are used more than Mill Creek Canyon, the heavily forested destination where a nine mile drive connects Salt Lake City to many backcountry trails in the Wasatch Mountains.

So many people visit to hike, fish, cycle, have a picnic, ski, and most noticeably run their dogs that the road is crowded with cars under the winter gate most weekends. weekends and evenings all year round and above the door in summer.

Salt Lake County posted a plan to widen the upper canyon narrow winding road in the hope of reducing congestion and protecting the watershed. But some canyon enthusiasts wonder if pouring more asphalt would really help or just make matters worse.

County officials on Wednesday proposed nearly $ 20 million in upgrades for the upper canyon, which they say are needed to accommodate the growing number of cars in the canyon. Salt Lake County and the US Forest Service are looking to widen the 4.5-mile road beyond the Winter Gate to the Big Water Trailhead in a primarily funded $ 38 million program speak Federal Land Access Program, or FLAP.

“We know this canyon is loved by so many people and it’s really about preparing for the future,” Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson said at an event at the now closed gate. ‘winter. “This is a plan to improve access, manage access, and build the amenities we all need when we recreate ourselves here. One of them being efficient parking, one of them being better trailheads [and] in appropriate places, widening of the road. I know the Forest Service is very sensitive to this topography and we’re not going to do anything that doesn’t make sense.

(Brian Maffly | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake District Ranger Bekee Hotze of the US Forest Service reveals plans to upgrade the deteriorating narrow road at the top of Utah’s popular Mill Creek Canyon, shown behind her on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Also pictured, left to right, Salt Lake County Planning Officer Helen Peters, Mayor Jenny Wilson and Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini.

The road would be closed during construction from fall 2024 to spring 2026, while the high canyon backcountry would still be accessible by trail from the terraces, pipeline and nearby Lambs Canyon.

Many people cherish the upper Mill Creek Canyon as it is today, with its narrow, low-speed road, and fear that road improvements could alter the character of the canyon. A wider road could bring even more traffic to an already saturated place, Carl Fisher, executive director of Save our canyons.

“Improvements are needed, of course, but are we building more things in the canyons to accommodate more people? The answer seems to be yes, ”Fisher said in an interview. “We’re on the verge of losing any semblance of Wasatch we once knew.”

About five miles from the canyon, the road is closed for at least eight months a year, from November 1 or earlier to June 30. Although closed to cars, it sees even more traffic during this time when it is used by cyclists, cross-country skiers, hikers, children in sleds and canine companions. Widening the route would do little to improve the experience for these seasonal users and would likely degrade it, critics say.

Some stakeholders have explored a shuttle system for the canyon, but that idea has not caught on with the Forest Service, which oversees public lands in the mountains above Salt Lake City.

The agency is proposing to completely rebuild the road and widen it 29 feet from the winter gate at Elbow Fork and up to 24 feet for the last three miles to the Big Water Trailhead.

“Access to Mill Creek Canyon and facilities in the canyon is deteriorating and not keeping up with current use,” said Bekee Hotze, Salt Lake City District, Forest Service. “Where possible, the road will be widened to accommodate the multiple uses we currently see in the canyon. “

Parking would be improved at high-traffic areas such as Alexander Basin, Big Water, and Elbow Fork, but would be eliminated along the roadway where the parking lot broke the sides of the road.

“You want the road base to stay on the road, you don’t want that in your feed. The road is made of tars and chemicals which, when thrown into the waterway, are not good for the fish, ”Hotze said. “So this project will add retaining walls where needed to ensure the base of the road stays where it is intended.”

Bike paths would be added, but not everywhere.

“In some parts of the route it is not possible to widen the route enough and maintain the character of the canyon,” Hotze said.

Officials will host an open house on November 9 at Millcreek Town Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be accepting public comment until December 9.

A $ 15 million FLAP grant would fund this work in the Upper Canyon with local sources, adding a matching $ 4 million. An equal-sized FLAP investment is being considered for the lower canyon, which is open to cars all year round, but at a later date.

Like the neighboring canyons of Big and Little Cottonwood, Mill Creek has seen a significant influx of recreational use in recent years as more Utahns discover natural wonders just outside of the major population centers of the State along the Wasatch front. Since the start of 2020, the pandemic has pushed many people outside, accelerating overcrowding in Utah’s canyons and other destinations.

Even before the pandemic, traffic in Mill Creek was skyrocketing from 192,000 vehicles in 2013 to 1 million last year, according to county spokeswoman Jordan Carroll. Mill Creek is especially popular with dog owners, whose furry friends aren’t allowed in protected watersheds, such as Cottonwood, City Creek, and Parleys Canyons.

Julie Jag | The Salt Lake Tribune Although some trees have lost their leaves, many are still colorful along the Red Pine Road Trail in Mill Creek Canyon on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

“It’s so beautiful and natural. And sadly, as our population in Utah grows, these places can be loved to death. And the purpose of this grant is to close that gap and do some things that are necessary to preserve the wilderness of this canyon, preserve the watershed, provide better access so people can get up here and park, ” said Jeff Silvestrini, Mayor of Millcreek. . “Mill Creek Canyon is an asset that everyone in Salt Lake Valley appreciates, but it’s the backyard of Millcreek, and that’s why my town is particularly interested in this canyon. This is why we organized the open day on this subject.

The Uinta-Wasatch Cache National Forest oversees Mill Creek Canyon in partnership with the county, which charges visitors $ 5 per vehicle exiting the canyon to generate revenue to cover maintenance of the many amenities that line the causeway. Annual passes cost $ 50.

Revenue generated from the fees, which had been increased in January 2020, has nearly doubled since 2016, from $ 583,000 to over $ 1 million last year, according to county data.

These revenues generally do not fund upgrades, such as new parking at Rattlesnake Gulch or new trails at Rattlesnake and Alexander Basin. But some could be tapped to meet local matching requirements for FLAP grants, according to Carroll.


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2021 election day results

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Utah Election Coverage

Utah election roundup: Park City could have a new mayor. [Tribune]

🗳 City councilor is expected to lead West Valley City, as tight races emerge in Sandy, Midvale. [Tribune]

🗳 Two new west faces ready to join Salt Lake City City Council. [Tribune]

🗳 Election night follow-up: New leadership in Davis County and Moab mayoral races. [Tribune]

🗳 Classified choice voting. Passing fashion, or here to stay? [Tribune]

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🗳 Republican Glenn Youngkin wins the race for governor in Virginia. Joe Biden won Virginia in 2020 by 10 points.

  • Former President Donald Trump performed a victory lap after Youngkin’s victory, even though he did not show up to the state to campaign for him. [New York Post]

🗳 Other key election results:

  • The race for governor of New Jersey is surprisingly close. Democratic Gov. Phillip Murphy is running for another term, but gets a solid challenge from Republican Jack Ciattarelli. [NYT]

  • Democrat Shontel Brown and Republican Mike Carey each win vacant congressional seats in Ohio. [Politico]

  • Florida’s Democratic primary for a congressional seat is heading for a recount. [Politico]

  • Democrat Eric Adams picked up an easy victory in the New York mayoral race. [WSJ]

  • Michelle Wu became the first woman and person of color to be elected mayor of Boston. [NBC News]

  • Minneapolis voters reject a voting measure to fund the city’s police department. [Fox News]

Tuesday’s election results hold very bad omen for Democrats as they approach the midterms of 2022. [AP]

⚖️ The Supreme Court challenges a New York gun law. Judges will decide whether Americans have a constitutional right to carry loaded and concealed firearms outside the home. [WSJ]

🏛 Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Democrats had reached agreement on a bill to cut prescription drug prices. [The Hill]

Democrats hope to reach a final deal on President Biden’s spending plan before Thanksgiving. [CNN]

💉 The CDC has approved immunizations for children aged 5 to 11, clearing the way for medical providers to begin administering the vaccines immediately. [WaPo]

Facebook is ending the use of its facial recognition software. The company claims to have deleted the data of more than a billion people. [WaPo]

Protest or futile gesture?

Far-right social media is inundated with messages urging “patriots” to participate in two upcoming actions designed to cripple the economy and bring the forces of tyranny to their knees.

Today it’s a call for a “nationwide shutdown” not to go to work protesting masks, vaccines or COVID testing. There is not a lot of information online about who is hosting the event.

Social media post calling for a national strike on November 3, 2021

The publication calls on several professions to join the walkout, such as law enforcement, paramedics and retail. However, only one “firefighter” should participate instead of all of them (are they pulling straws?). Obviously, the proofreaders decided to join the closing early.

The biggest event will take place next weekend, with calls for a four-day nationwide strike against employers who are forcing the COVID-19 vaccine on employees.

Post on social networks calling for a national strike from November 8 to 11 to protest against employee vaccination warrants.

It is not known how effective either of these events will be. Whether the previous right-wing boycotts of Nike, Whole Foods, Diet Coke, Keurig, Kellogg Grains, Major League Baseball, NFL, Walmart, Netflix, Starbucks, Oreos or CNN (to name a few) are a guide, it will be more hype than impact.

Wednesday Morning Utah News Summary


  • Forest Service OKs right of way for the Utah Oil Railroad. [Tribune]

  • Find out which Utah companies are leading the way in values, direction, innovation, benefits and more. [Tribune]

  • The Ogden officer who shot and injured the man was not wearing a body camera, the chief said. [Tribune]

  • Prices outside of Park City: More affordable housing needed in resort town. [FOX13]

  • The Bluffdale mayoral candidate remains under investigation as the vote draws to a close. [KUTV]


  • L’Utah signale 1 250 nouveaux cas de coronavirus. [Tribune]

  • What we know about when 5-11 year olds can get vaccinated in Utah. [Tribune]

  • A Latter-day Saint missionary has brought the first case of the coronavirus to Tonga. [Tribune]


  • My condiments for you: Senator Mike Lee sends an original from Utah to Apple CEO Tim Cook. [Deseret News]

  • One of Mitt Romney’s arguments against eliminating filibustering in the Senate? Donald Trump could be elected president in 2024. [Deseret News]


  • Doctors in Utah explain how to approach mental health issues with children. [KUTV]

  • UVU and USU receive funding for new technology program partnership. [Daily Herald]

  • Masks are required at Parley’s Park Elementary School after reaching the COVID threshold. [Park Record]

Election day

  • “Safe and Secure”: How Utah County makes sure every vote counts. [ABC4]

  • Unified Police Department hired to secure SLCo ballots. [ABC4]


  • Scott Williams: Utah shouldn’t bet on unproven nuclear power without public input. [Tribune]

  • Opinion: Honor the will of the people, the legislators. [Deseret News]

  • Opinion: “Pushing Too Much In Too Small A Pipe” means it’s time to build an Inner Harbor. [Deseret News]

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🌱 $ 3.2 million collection of LDS artifacts + Ballpark station area map


Happy Wednesday, people of Salt Lake City! Here’s everything you need to know to get started today on an informed note, okay? Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in the city today.

First of all, the weather forecast for the day:

Cloudy and sunny weather. High: 59 Low: 41.

Here are the best stories in Salt Lake City today:

  1. A private collection of objects from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is for sale. The $ 3.2 million collection of rare and historic Church letters, books, documents and works of art has been called possibly “one of the last opportunities to acquire such important LDS memories “. The collection also includes rare books and pamphlets from the early Church, including three first edition Books of Mormon, property and company legal documents, and a selection of drawings by Utah artists. Jack sears. Some documents date back to the early 1800s. (ABC 4)
  2. Mayor Mendenhall on Monday unveiled a draft of the city’s “Ballpark Station Area Plan”, which, among other things, calls for a “festival street” – a location near Smith’s Ballpark where residents and local businesses in the neighborhood can organize public markets, festivals and other events that generate interest in the south-central part of the city. The plan also includes the construction of a new branch of the municipal library in the district and a reconfiguration of Utah Transit Authority TRAX Beware of 1300 South to make it more accessible. Salt lake city neighborhood leaders and advocates hope the plan will be a crush on the neighborhood which has battled crime and other issues in recent years. (
  3. The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium hosts the fourth edition Pet project and will accept donations on behalf of the Best Friends Animal Society of Utah. The donation window will run from November 1 to 24. (ABC 4)
  4. A construction worker suffered serious injuries Monday after part of a Salt lake citythe foundation of the house collapsed on him. (
  5. As the labor shortage persists, a local Metro The franchisee has been so desperate at times that she has had to lure in family members to follow hungry customers. (

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Florida State Hosts Mitt Romney at Online Event to Talk Politics and Politics

US Senator Mitt Romney said Monday night that the US response to vital international problems is hampered by a catchy focus on “small-caliber” cultural arguments.

The Utah Republican was the keynote speaker at a Zoom Lecture sponsored by the Institute of Politics at Florida State University. The program is part of the institute’s efforts to strengthen democracy through civil discussions on issues and promoting public engagement.

The 2012 Republican presidential candidate spent most of the half hour discussing the economy, cybersecurity, global competitiveness and Chinese politics.

He predicted that the current congressional stalemate on infrastructure spending and social programs will improve, as Democrats grow worried about their position in the polls and President Biden’s image in as a leader.

“Something will be done because, frankly, the president and his party are really in trouble right now,” Romney said. “The polls show that the American people are truly upset by the lack of accomplishment of the president and his party.

“The Democratic Party is really hurting in the polls, so I think in the end it’s going to focus enough minds among Democratic senators and Democratic Congressmen to do something about it.”

FSU President Richard McCullough welcomed Romney to the conference and Al Cardenas, two-time Florida GOP president, led questions on high-profile topics. The two men said they hope the IOP can promote civic engagement and learned exploration of the issues facing the nation.

Romney told Cardenas he was surprised to find that despite the strongly partisan climate in Washington, members of Congress are getting along well and working together behind the scenes.

But their rhetoric for public consumption is often meaner than it should be, he said.

“There are a lot of people who are concerned, like you Al, about the growing anger and the crass nature of the comments that are being exchanged between politicians these days and between people,” he said. .

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Republicans would offer Democrats no help raising the debt ceiling.

“Frankly, I think a lot of it starts at the top. We had leaders of the nation who called on our best angels – Abraham Lincoln was one – and then we had others who, by their own words and actions, tried to take advantage of the weaker side. dark of human nature.

He did not mention any names in the latter category, but said responsible leaders on both sides would eventually emerge and put an end to hostilities.

“I think President Biden is a good person,” Romney said. “I don’t know if he still has the presence, his, to make that kind of change, but I think we’ll see that eventually. I hope so.

But in the meantime, he said partisan fire on hot issues can ignite voters from either party – sometimes to the detriment of major climatic and economic events that will affect the country’s future.

“Our politics today are mired in social issues and cultural issues and small-caliber policy issues as opposed to the big issues we face,” Romney said.

Bill Cotterell is a retired reporter from the Democratic Capitol Tallahassee. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Redistricting in Utah: Lawmakers make no promises for independent cards


Utah’s controversial and condensed redistribution process is about to come to a head.

In a few days, the lawmakers leading the Utah Legislative Redistribution Committee aim to have a set of cards they will be ready to bring to their committee and then to the entire Utah legislature. . In just a week, members of the Legislative Redistribution Committee are expected to meet once again to finalize their maps, just a day before November 9, the date they already have on their calendar for when the legislature meets in extraordinary session to vote on the cards.

“So we hope it’s all over on Monday?” Senator Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, asked fellow Republicans on the GOP-controlled Utah legislative redistribution committee. “Holy smoke. ”

Davis’ comments came near the end of an almost four-hour committee hearing, at which about 150 Utahns showed up to listen to members of a separate body – the Utah Independent Redistribution Commission – showcase the product of their work after spending hundreds of hours traveling. the state to hear the Utahns’ wishes and live stream their map design on YouTube as they seek to redraw Utah’s political districts in a process that only happens every 10 years.

The independent commission, which sought to protect itself from influence or partisan data, came up with 12 proposed maps – three for each of the boundaries of Congress, State House, Senate, and the School Board of the Utah.

“I want to be very clear,” independent commission chairman Rex Facer told lawmakers. “We did not use partisan political data in drafting our maps. Our cards have been extensively reviewed by national experts and they were identified as fair cards (based on) our criteria. ”

Throughout the meeting, members of the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission explained in detail the methods they used to draft their maps and answered questions from lawmakers before an overwhelming majority of speakers urged lawmakers to choose from independent commission maps, praising transparency and the data-driven process.

But the Legislative Redistribution Committee does not have to adopt the independent commission’s maps. The chairmen of the committee told reporters after Monday’s meeting that they would take the committee’s proposals “into consideration”, but they made no promises.

“That’s what we’ve been saying from the start,” said Senator Scott Sandall, R-Tremonton. “We will examine them carefully. We’re going to overlay a lot of our data on it. We’ll see if there are any lines that make sense and where those lines intersect and where they don’t.

While the independent commission did not take into account where cardholders live when crafting its cards, the legislative committee will.

And even as members of the independent commission sought to show how their process was as fair, evidence-based, and politically impartial as possible, one of the chairpersons of the legislative redistribution committee attempted to question this claim when of Monday’s meeting.

It was a poignant moment, eliciting murmurs and sidelong glances from some members of the public sitting in the committee hearing.

Sandall asked Facer if he was aware that one of the congressional map proposals recommended by the commission – the only map drawn by a member of the public, University of Utah student Stuart Hepworth, from southern Jordan – was drawn with a clipping tool that used partisan data. .

“My point is not to incriminate,” said Sandall, “but to make a point, there is always a political bias that moves into anything when we put a line on a map.”

Sandall said “this weakens your principle of not using partisan data a bit,” calling the committee’s adoption of the card recommendation “a little disturbing.”

“It just illustrates how easily political data becomes a part of this process, and no one is immune to it,” Sandall said.

Facer defended the card, saying they were aware of the tool Hepworth was using, but determined his card met the criteria of the Independent Redistribution Commission and saw no political data influencing him.

As one of a few dozen members of the public who lined up to address the legislative committee, Hepworth took the microphone to also defend his card, which he said had been ‘under attack’.

“It is true that I was aware of the political data when I was drawing the map, but it did not consciously impact the decisions I made when drawing the map,” Hepworth said, noting that his card was chosen because it “outclassed” the other card that the redistribution commission was considering. “So I don’t think my political biases had any impact on the map.”

Hepworth told lawmakers it was “essential in the interests of maintaining voter confidence in government” for the legislative redistribution committee to adopt the independent commission’s mapping recommendations. He challenged lawmakers to do better.

“If the legislature thinks it can do better than the commission, then it must demonstrate that by showing their cards outperforms the commission’s cards by all commission criteria and by subjecting those cards to a vigorous and transparent process,” the commission cards went through to get here, ”Hepworth said.

Hepworth’s comments drew applause from the crowd, which was not allowed under the committee’s rules of decorum. Representative Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, co-chair of the committee, quickly suppressed the applause by saying, “No applause.”

What got Utah to this point?

The redistribution process takes place every 10 years. The maps that are ultimately adopted will determine the boundaries of Utah’s political districts for the next decade, from school boards to the state legislature to Congress.

The commission was created after Utah voters in 2018 narrowly approved a voting initiative calling for an independent redistribution commission to draw new cards that will be used to help decide who voters can vote for to represent. the interests of their region. The purpose of the commission was to ensure that Utah’s next set of political boundaries would be decided independently of politics and without partisan gerrymandering.

But the GOP majority in the Utah Legislature, fearing the commission was usurping the legislature’s constitutional duty to oversee the redistribution, intervened.

In 2020, the legislature struck a deal with supporters of Better Boundaries, designating the Utah Independent Redistribution Commission as sole adviser to state legislators, which will ultimately decide which maps to approve.

The seven-member independent Redistribution Commission was created to represent the people of Utah, 80% of whom live on the Wasatch Front while the remaining 20% ​​live in more rural areas scattered across larger areas of the state. . Five members live in areas of Wasatch Front which generally have more urban characteristics, while two members live in more rural areas.

But last week, former congressman Rob Bishop abruptly resigned from the independent redistribution commission, complaining that the commission was unfairly weighted to favor urban rather than rural interests.

Days after Bishop resigned, House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, admitted that “the ink is still wet” on the cards recommended by the independent commission and that it was too early to say if The Legislative Redistribution Commission would accept the map proposals, but he suggested that the Utah legislature may completely reassess the independent commission and its process.

The speaker said Bishop’s resignation “highlights that it may not be working as expected”.

“And so, maybe we need to go back to the drawing board and figure out if this process makes sense and if so, what does it look like?” Wilson told reporters last week.

Following Bishop’s resignation, Wilson appointed former Rep. Logan Wilde, who until earlier this year served as Utah’s Agriculture and Food Commissioner, to fill the vacant position of Bishop on the Independent Redistribution Commission. Wilson said Wilde, as “rural Utahn,” would bring “a unique perspective” even though his term on the commission would only last a few days.

Asked by Rep. Brad Last, R-Hurricane, what scenario would be “offensive” to the Independent Redistribution Commission, depending on what happens next, Facer said that “the thing that would be the most offensive would be for the commission not to remade more surface. ”

“The work of the commission has been productive,” he said. “Colleagues from across the country have told us that our function is truly a model of a cooperative function. … So I think what would be really offensive is if this work does not go ahead.

‘Good luck’

Former Senator Lyle Hillyard – a Logan Republican who was the longest-serving member of the Utah legislature before losing reelection in 2020 – hailed the commission and its process as fair and without any political motivation.

“I am convinced that if we had entered partisan politics,” said Hillyard, the maps “would never have been completed.”

On the contrary, Hillyard said the commission had focused on “keeping the cities together” and that if they were to be divided, members made sure it was a “clean cut.”

Lawmakers on Utah’s legislative redistribution committee have asked members of the independent commission many questions about the boundaries of the cards and why they were drawn in certain ways. Facer and other members, including Hillyard, answered every question in detail, explaining instances where commission members had to make tough technical choices while trying to balance the numbers while not dividing the communities that did not want to be divided.

“We did our best,” Hillyard said, although he added that while the independent commission was responsible for choosing a single card recommendation from Congress, State House, State Senate and the school district, “we wouldn’t agree.”

“Now we’re going to kick you in the ball and say, ‘Good luck,’” said Hillyard, noting that while the independent commission had only seven members, the Utah legislature has 104 voting members, therefore choosing a card for each political jurisdiction will be a challenge.

Hillard’s advice? “I learned a long time ago that politics is the art of compromise.

“For my part,” Hillyard added, “will never criticize what you do because I know how difficult it is going to be. … Good luck.”


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Act of Kindness in Waretown, NJ


Kudos to this Ocean County parent who is raising their child for being honest and kind.

Everything has happened to us at one point or another – you park in a crowded parking lot, go shopping, when all of a sudden you come back to a giant scratch on your vehicle. It’s not the end of the world, but it sure doesn’t feel good.

A similar event happened in a local Ocean County Facebook group called Chatter from the canton of Barnegat. A woman walked out to her car so she wouldn’t find another scratch, but a mom and son were waiting for her … read what she said:

I took a quick look at Shoprite in Waretown a bit ago and when I got out there was a woman and a young boy standing next to my Jeep.

As I approached the woman told me that she was waiting for me so that I could jot down her information, she further explained that she did not have any paper to write it down herself or that ‘she would have left the information on my windshield

She then reported a scratch on the back door of my Jeep and said her son opened his car door too fast and too wide and caused the scratch.

She said she couldn’t just leave because she was trying to teach her son how we take responsibility for our actions even when they are accidental.

I thanked her and assured her and her son (who was visibly upset) that the scratch was already there and I hadn’t polished it yet.

I just wanted to share here because it’s a good reminder that there are still a lot of people looking to do the right thing

This is an example of amazing parenting. I want to congratulate this mom for instilling the values ​​of honesty and integrity in her son. I also want to shout the poster to share this.

I feel like the younger generations are badly wrapped up today (my millennial self included), but acts like these remind us that kindness can come from anyone, no matter what your age. . One day, I hope to raise my children with these important values.

I’m glad this story has a happy ending for everyone. It always brightens my day when people share stories like these in our local Facebook groups. Sometimes social media can be used to spread negativity, but a bright spot like this goes a long way.

Let’s continue the acts of kindness, Ocean County. It’s stories like these that make me proud to live here!

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Ken Ivory wants to return to the Utah legislature


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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Ken Ivory asks a few questions about the broad tax review bill during his first public hearing at a committee meeting on Friday, March 1, 2019.

The return of Ken Ivory?

Former Rep. Ken Ivory is considering returning to Capitol Hill in Utah.

The sudden resignation of Representative Steve Christiansen last week means Republican delegates in HD47 will choose his replacement for the 2022 session. Ivory, who resigned that seat in 2019, has informed Salt Lake County GOP leaders that he was a candidate to replace Christiansen.

Ivory resigned from the legislature in August 2019 to take a job at a company that won a $ 700,000 state contract that he helped lead through the legislature before stepping down.

During his previous term in the legislature, Ivory advocated for states to gain more control over their public lands. He has had ethical complaints filed against him, claiming that his work with the American Lands Council, a nonprofit organization he began advocating for transferring public lands to states, scammed counties into they donate money to this organization.

HD47 delegates chose Christiansen to replace Ivory after her resignation.

Sources say “The Rundown” Ivory is already reaching out to delegates for their support ahead of the special election.

So far, the other declared candidate in the race is Nathan Brun, who lost the GOP primary to Christiansen last year by 834 votes.

The the special election will take place on November 15, which means that the HD47 seat will be vacant during the special redistribution session. Candidates can enter the race until November 13.

Here’s what you need to know for Monday morning


🚨 Before resigning suddenly last week, Rep. Steve Christiansen was looking to get his hands on the personal information of thousands of voters in Utah. It appears he would give this information to a far-right group aiming to go door-to-door to match voters with votes seeking electoral fraud. [Tribune]

🚨 Robert Gehrke of the Tribune reports that Republicans in the Utah Senate have had a preview of their new district maps, including partisan breakdown. This was before the independent redistribution commission finished its work. [Tribune]

💉 Utah joins several other states in a lawsuit against the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees of government contractors. [Tribune]

Tomorrow is election day in Utah. Preferential voting could delay results in several cities. [Tribune]

  • Mysterious text messages rock a race at city council in Draper. [Tribune]

  • Policing is the number one issue for voters in the Salt Lake City District 5 contest. [Tribune]

🏛 Representative Adam Kinzinger visited Utah last week. He exclusively explained to The Tribune why Republicans have become so enthralled with former President Donald Trump, the Jan.6 inquiry and political tribalism. [Tribune]

🥾 Utah wants to attract the Outdoor Retailers Trade Show to Salt Lake City, but one wonders if the political environment in the state of Beehive is to the liking of the organizers. [Tribune]

🌎 Representative John Curtis and his Conservative climate caucus are traveling to Glasgow this week for the COP26 climate talks. [Tribune]

🤦‍♂️ Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert’s campaign has erroneously stated that she represents Utah in her FEC disclosure documents. [Forbes]


➡️ READ: FBI and Other Law Enforcement Agencies Missed Warnings While Others Failed To Pass Out Critical Information Ahead of Jan.6 Attack on U.S. Capitol . [WaPo]

The House plans to vote on two spending bills on Tuesday. The $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure package and a $ 1.75 trillion social program proposal are critical parts of President Joe Biden’s agenda. [CNN]

📊 Approval for President Biden’s job drops to just 42% in a new poll. [NBC News]

The race for governor in Virginia is heading towards the wire. This could cause big problems for Democrats. [WSJ]

⚖️ The Supreme Court will hear two challenges to the near-total ban on abortions in Texas. [NYT]

⚖️ A challenge to New York’s gun licensing law is on the Supreme Court’s record on Wednesday, which could lead to a significant extension of gun rights. [AP]

✈️ American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend due to staff issues and bad weather. [WaPo]

💉 More than 24,000 New York City municipal workers were not vaccinated against COVID by today’s deadline. These employees will be put on unpaid leave and the city is bracing for a staff shortage. [Bloomberg]

🦠 COVID-19 has killed more than 5 million people worldwide. [CNN]

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Representatives Adam Kinzinger and Evan McMullin in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

Kinzinger backs McMullin in race for US Senate

Representative Adam Kinzinger traveled to Utah last week to do a small fundraiser for his PAC and endorse Evan McMullin, who is running for the US Senate as an independent.

“He’s someone who loves his country, and I think we’re at a time when people are putting their loyalty to a party rather than their loyalty to the country,” Kinzinger said.

Kinzinger and McMullin have known each other for several years, starting when McMullin was a member of the House Foreign Affairs committee.

Kinzinger’s endorsement is important, if only for his role on the House committee investigating the January 6 attack. Kinzinger was one of the strongest supporters of the attempted insurgency that day and the role played by former President Donald Trump.

It’s a stark contrast to Senator Mike Lee, who McMullin will likely face next November. We recently learned that Lee was aware of the memo from Trump’s attorney John Eastman explaining how the 2020 election could be called off, but said nothing. Even knowing this, and following the violent attack on the United States Capitol, Lee voted to acquit Trump in his second impeachment trial.

Endorsements don’t usually decide who wins or loses an election, but they do help candidates build a narrative. If McMullin decides to make 1/6 a problem, that might draw a clear line.

(Read my exclusive one-on-one interview with Kinzinger here)

Monday Morning Utah News Summary


  • The Salt Lake City Convention Hotel takes to the skies. Will the conventions bounce back? [Tribune]

  • The coal miner who failed to restore farmland will be shut down if he does not repair his “fraudulent” link, regulators say. [Tribune]

  • The state is considering the northern Utah Valley to store water from the Bear River. [Tribune]

  • Utah hospitals are collecting used crutches, walkers and canes in response to supply chain issues. [Tribune]

  • Utah Supreme Court Justice Deno Himonas retires, plans revert to private sector. [Tribune]

  • After COVID, employees in Utah will see more flexibility in how and where they work. [Tribune]

  • Some Utah resorts already have enough snow to open, but do they have the employees? [Deseret News]

  • Utah Small Businesses Share Tales of Struggle with the Governor. [Fox 13]

  • Almost 20 years later, a study examines the Olympic impacts on the Park City community. [KPCW]


  • Au milieu de COVID-19, les vaccinations infantiles ont considérablement diminué dans l’Utah. [Tribune]

  • Children who contract COVID-19 can suffer from serious illness, warns a leading Utah doctor. [Tribune]

  • Unified firefighter captain dies of complications from COVID-19. [Tribune]

  • More children hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a Utah doctor, because the vaccine is licensed for ages 5 to 11. [Deseret News]


  • Utah universities aren’t disclosing computer science students quickly enough for Silicon Slopes. That may soon change. [Tribune]

  • The Utahns’ top priority for the budget surplus? Spend it on education, poll shows. [Deseret News]

  • A Minnesota company will donate $ 3.3 million to the Utah Board of Education after technical issues botched student tests. [Deseret News]


  • Religious Tribune reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack will lead an international journalism group. [Tribune]

  • Leading Latter-day Saint leaders visit refugees in northern Iraq. [Tribune]


  • Ben Anderson: Utah should focus on fair cards, not political games. [Tribune]

  • Mitt Romney isn’t mean, but that doesn’t mean he’s right about taxes, writes George Pyle. [Tribune]

  • Opinion: Here’s why Utah lawmakers should adopt the independent commission’s political maps. [Deseret News]

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