May 2022

Utah economy

It’s time to turn the corner on Nevada’s mental health crisis

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, and our state is certainly more aware than ever of the needs surrounding this public health issue. As Nevada emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and our political, business and community leaders launch efforts to strengthen our economy and train Nevadans for new jobs to secure a better future for themselves and their families. , our state’s recovery will not be complete until our neighbors, colleagues, friends and children fully recover from the mental health effects of the pandemic.

The American Academy of Pediatrics noted that “the worsening mental health crisis for children and adolescents is inextricably linked to the stress caused by COVID-19”, and “[…] the pandemic has undermined the security and stability of families. More than 140,000 children in the United States have lost a primary and/or secondary caregiver, with young people of color being disproportionately affected. With students now back in school, an unprecedented increase in violence against teachers, staff and among students in the Clark County School District is another reminder of the importance of mental health care for our young people. .

It is important to note that COVID-19 has not created a mental health crisis in Nevada. This made a dire situation even worse. Nevada has consistently ranked at the bottom of national mental health measures since at least 2015.

A recent publication of Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute reported that Nevada ranked last (51st) between states and the District of Columbia to provide mental health professionals and services to adults and children, according to data from Mental Health America’s 2022 report, “The State of Mental Health in America.”

Identifying and treating mental health issues is difficult at the best of times. The chronic shortage of mental health and social work professionals in Nevada makes this challenge even more daunting. Nevada currently has only one mental health professional available for every 460 Nevada residents. For comparison, the neighboring Mountain West states of Colorado and Utah have a mental health professional to population ratio of 1 in 270 and 1 in 290, respectively.

In 2021, April Corbin Girnus of the Nevada Current reported that “Nevada should double the number of psychologists and psychiatrists to be considered average by national standards”. Further, she noted, “Other specialties are even scarcer: Nevada would need to quadruple the number of clinical professional counselors to reach the national average. The national average is 45.4 professional clinical advisers per 100,000 population. Nevada has 10.3 per 100,000.”

The data reveals an even more troubling story for the youth mental health landscape. A second report of Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute found that Nevada had only one school psychologist available for every 1,866 students, with a recommended ratio of 500 to 1. The availability of school social workers is still lacking, with only one social worker available for 8,730 students. students; the recommended ratio of students to school social workers is 250 to 1. This means that Nevada’s school mental health staff currently operates with 26.8% of the recommended number of school psychologists and only 2.9% of the recommended number of school social workers.

While hospitals and health centers are still reeling from the impact of COVID-19, the importance of addressing mental health issues in our communities, businesses and schools falls on all of us. Failure to address mental health issues threatens the lives of our most vulnerable residents and places an increased burden on overcrowded hospitals, schools, prisons and mental health facilities.

Going forward, the influx of federal resources and state actions in response to the coronavirus pandemic can begin to address our mental health deficiencies.

In 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CCDS spent $761,000 in relief dollars on a “platform to monitor data such as absences, behavior, and academic changes that may be a flag red…” for student mental health issues. During the 2021 legislative session, Nevada funded the Children’s Mobile Crisis Response Team ($600,000). Senator Catherine Cortez Masto is a co-sponsor of the Behavioral Health Crisis Services Expansion Act which proposes to expand mental health services in Nevada and nationwide.

In February, Sen. Jacky Rosen introduced the Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Act to provide direct financial assistance for mental health in K-12 school districts to stem the increase in suicides among young people. The bill is approved by the superintendents of Lyon County and the Clark County School District (CCSD). And in March, Nevada’s higher education system received $2.6 million in federal funds to support a system-wide mental health needs assessment.

Certainly, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) foresees a critical influx of dollars to begin this long road to recovery. As ARPA funds continue to be available and as state, county, and local governments determine allocations of these funds, the governor and state legislature should require full and transparent reporting of spending decisions.

The launch of a “Nevada Data Dashboard that transparently tracks how the state is spending U.S. federal bailout funds,” available at, is a big step in that direction. Another way for the public to monitor the government’s use of these funds is to recently launch Tracking Local Government ARPA Investmentsan “online resource that compiles information from local governments to offer a detailed picture of how major cities and counties (with populations of at least 250,000) are deploying ARPA funds. Another publication from Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute explores ARPA Investment Tracker data for the Mountain West states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. The report details spending in Henderson, Clark County and Washoe County totaling $37,400,000.

State regional economic development agencies should include mental health professionals among their priorities in workforce development plans.

Funding and transparency are key to solving Nevada’s mental health crisis. But allocating money to programs and services without considering workforce deficits can still challenge the state’s ability to turn the mental health corner. No amount of programmatic funding can solve this problem if there are not enough highly trained mental health professionals ready and able to implement services and interventions. As municipalities commit to allocating funds to mental health, policymakers cannot ignore that the mental health workforce pipeline is a critical aspect of this policy ecosystem, and strategic investments should seek to fill the pipeline appropriately.

Building a mental health workforce in Nevada will take time and money. With a shortage of 1,300 licensed educators in Clark County alone, not to mention thousands of displaced gaming and hospitality workers, the lack of mental health professionals can be relegated to a long list of local needs, county and state. Public health officials and advocates should identify critical needs across the state and propose pilot programs with targeted goals, backed by legislative mandates, for state and local governments, school districts and public agencies. appropriate. Equally important, we must ensure that mental health funding includes targeted strategic investments to help fill the mental health workforce pool with qualified professionals. State regional economic development agencies should include mental health professionals among their priorities in workforce development plans and report on efforts in this critical sector. They should also work with public and private sector partners to recruit and train employees and facilitate the certification of people moving to Nevada to work in mental health.

Cooperation among federal, state, county, and local governments is essential to maximizing the benefits of resources coming from Nevada. To maximize improvements, we need to include our existing mental health professionals in the conversation to ensure policy decisions are made in collaboration with those who know the issues most intimately. Whether through state and local offices, nonprofit organizations, hospitals and health care facilities, schools and universities, or other community outlets, leaders of Nevada must ensure that resources to improve mental health infrastructure and services reach those who need them most without delay.

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Joseph A. Sears, Jr. | News, Sports, Jobs

June 17, 1936 — May 12, 2022

Joseph Alisa Sears, Jr., 85, died Thursday, May 12, 2022. He was born June 17, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Joseph Alisa and Evelyn Fay Sears.

On December 30, 1958, Joe married Irene Cash, the marriage was then solemnized at Logan LDS Temple on April 17, 1964. Irene died on July 15, 1981 of cancer. Joe and Irene were the proud parents of one daughter, Cindy, and five sons, Blair, Brent, Brian, Blake and Burke.

He is a graduate of Weber High School and Weber Jr. College. He also attended the University of Utah.

Joe enlisted in the US Army in January 1955. He loved sports, and while in Germany he was able to play basketball and softball. His company’s softball team won the European Championship.

Joe retired from the US government on January 3, 1995, after serving 31 years as a tax manager for the IRS and three years in the US military.

His children grew up playing sports. One of his favorite activities was coaching his children when they played little league sports or church sports. If he was not a coach, he was always present at their games or other activities.

Joe loved the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in many positions, many being ward clerk, ward Sunday School president, bishop’s counselor, stake high counselor, stake Sunday School counselor and faithful home teacher.

Joe was lucky to have a second love in his life. On October 20, 1982, he married Gayle Smith in the Ogden Temple. Gayle brought three other wonderful children into her life, a son, Kelly, and two daughters, Kristina and Kori Ann.

Joe and Gayle continued their church service, which included missionary missions. Their favorite assignment was a two-year call in downtown Ogden. Joe has always said that Gayle was his best partner in missionary work and as a home teaching companion.

Joe and Gayle loved to travel. Some of the locations visited were Hawaii, Europe, China, Canada, Mexico and Cancun. They followed their pioneering path from beginning to end. They visited the graves of all the church presidents. They also visited the graves of all their ancestors.

He is survived by his wife, Gayle Sears; children, Blair Sears, Brent Sears, Brian Sears, Blake Sears, Burke Sears and Cindy Sears; stepchildren, Kelly, Kristina and Kori Ann; and his sister, Faye Applonie. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Evelyn Sears, and his wife, Irene Cash.

Funeral services will be Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends can visit family on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the morgue. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.

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Salt lake city

Governor Spencer Cox to declare Nathan Chen Day before Stars on Ice tour halts in Salt Lake City

COVID prevented Olympic gold medalist Utahn from attending White House reception

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nathan Chen performs during the Figure Skating Showcase Gala at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Sunday, February 20, 2022.

Don’t be surprised if on Wednesday you feel the spontaneous urge to leap into the air and spin four times. Because in Utah, it will officially be Nathan Chen Day.

State lawmakers plan to honor the gold medal-winning figure skater in the Capitol Chamber at 11 a.m. with a ceremony and a statement from Governor Spencer Cox. That evening, Chen is scheduled to perform with other Olympians at the Maverick Center with the Visit the Stars on Ice exhibition.

Chen, 23, the youngest of five children of Chinese immigrants Zhidong Chen and Hetty Wang, grew up in Utah and was enrolled in West High’s extended apprenticeship program. Although he moved to California to train when he was 12, he represented Salt Lake City throughout his illustrious figure skating career.

Wednesday marks his third participation in the Stars on Ice program. But it’s also the first time the reigning three-time world champion will skate in Utah since winning men’s individual gold and a team silver at the Beijing Olympics in February.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been able to skate in Salt Lake again,” Chen said in a phone interview with the Salt Lake Tribune last week.

“I’m happy to be back. Unfortunately with that [tour], I won’t have much time to go around Salt Lake or really feel like Salt Lake. The layout of the show and the stage is really nice all the same. But that being said, it will be really nice to be back in Salt Lake for a while.

It may also be one of the last times local fans get to see him skate live. Chen said he plans to return to Yale in the fall. He will spend the next two years focusing on his pre-medical studies while wondering if he will defend his Olympic championship at the 2026 Winter Games in Italy.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nathan Chen warms up before competing in the men’s freestyle figure skating program at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022.

“I will definitely keep skating,” he said. “I just don’t know to what extent and what my goals will be.”

Chen is known as one of the most artistic and athletic figure skaters in sports history. In 2018, he became the first person to land five different types of quad jumps (four rotations) in a single competition. He won his sixth consecutive United States title in January, which puts him a distance away from the record for consecutive national championships set by Dick Button from 1946 to 1952.

He joined Button as one of seven American men to win Olympic gold and is one of two in the past 30 years. Chen also has an Olympic bronze medal from the team competition at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Earlier this month, Chen received an invitation to attend a reception at the White House for US Olympic athletes from the 2020 Summer Games and 2022 Winter Games. He was, however, forced to decline after have tested positive for COVID-19.

Chen may not meet President Joe Biden at the Utah Capitol on Wednesday, but he is expected to receive his honor before a near-full house. The Legislative Assembly will meet on Wednesday for supply and provisional committee meetings.

As for whether he’ll see another full house at the show that night?

“I hope so,” he said. “Yeah, I hope so.”

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Salt lakes real estate

FDEP sends St. Joe Co. a warning letter regarding the work of Watersound Origins

INLET BEACH — After three inspections of the ongoing development of Watersound Origins, a massive residential project in southeast Walton County, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a warning letter to St. Joe Co., the developer of the project.

The May 11 letter says inspections of Phase 7 of the project, located east of Splash Drive and south of Sawbuck Drive, revealed “possible violations” of state environmental laws and administrative regulations of the State regarding the authorization of activities involving environmental resources.

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The warning letter is “…part of an agency investigation, preliminary to agency action…” in accordance with state law.

Specifically, the letter informs St. Joe that during inspections on March 17, March 29, and May 3, FDEP personnel noted both “unauthorized activities in wetlands” and “violations of the water quality (which) have occurred as a result of dewatering activities”.

In real estate development, dewatering is the process of removing surface water and/or groundwater (water that sits underground in cracks and other spaces in the ground, the sand and rock) of a site.

In recent weeks, residents near Watersound Origins, which is located north and east of US Highway 98 near Inlet Beach, have reported silt flowing into nearby Lake Powell, which , at 800 acres, is the largest coastal dune lake in the world and also a state-designated Pristine Florida Waterway.

Coastal dune lakes, which connect to nearby saltwater bodies (in the case of Lake Powell, the Gulf of Mexico) by periodic breaches across beaches, are an extremely rare ecological phenomenon, existing only in a few places on Earth.

“what happens to the (aquatic) life forces in the lake” over time.

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Going forward, Jaffe said he and other residents around the lake, while not expecting development work to stop, expect St. Joe to be diligent. reasonable as far as the lake is concerned. In the meantime, Jaffe added that he and his neighbors will closely monitor St. Joe’s work on the site.

“We live here,” Jaffe said. “They’re just trying to make money here.”

An aerial photo shows land cleared for the St. Joe Watersound Origins development next to Lake Powell in South Walton County.  St. Joe recently received a warning letter from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and says it has taken steps to ensure the issues are resolved.

St. Joe had no one available for comment when contacted late last week, according to Mike Kerrigan, the company’s vice president of marketing and communications. The company, however, emailed a statement to the Daily News.

“Upon notification of the offsite disruptions, we began taking corrective action,” the company said in the statement. “We have discussed our concerns with the independent site contractor carrying out the work for this project and have emphasized the importance of correcting the issues immediately.”

The statement also noted that St. Joe’s representatives “…met on site with an environmental consultant, the site contractor and the FDEP to review corrective actions.”

In the days that followed, the company said the environmental consultant was performing daily stormwater and SWPP/NPDES (Federal Stormwater Pollution Control Plan/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) inspections and water quality tests.

The company added in the statement that it “…is committed to implementing the corrective actions recommended by the FDEP as soon as possible and to continuing to monitor the performance of the independent contractors carrying out the work.”

Bu Jaffe remained skeptical in a brief interview Saturday, noting that no one from St. Joe has spoken with neighborhood residents.

“Should we trust them? Why ? asked Jaffe.

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Utah economy

Cities where incomes have struggled to keep pace with inflation

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The US economy is now a full year into a historic inflation run. Year-over-year price increases in the Consumer Price Index have exceeded 5% every month since May 2021, peaking at 8.5% in March. As the Federal Reserve began raising interest rates to cool the economy, supply chain challenges and strong consumer demand throughout the pandemic drove inflation to an all-time high level in four decades.

While countless headlines over the past year have evoked widespread worries about inflation, not all households experience rising prices in the same way. For example, homeowners who bought before the pandemic were spared the surge in housing prices, while remote workers were less sensitive to rising vehicle and gasoline costs. And amid a tight labor market and the Great Resignation, many workers saw their wage gains outpace the rate of inflation, but for those who didn’t, rising prices effectively gave them a pay cut.

Even before the current wave of inflation, many workers were already in a difficult position due to the relatively slow growth of wages relative to prices over the past decade. Average hourly earnings posted year-over-year growth of between 2% and 3% for most of the decade before the pandemic, lagging the rate of CPI growth at several points. And during this period, high earners – who may already be better equipped to withstand rising prices – have seen their wages rise much faster than low earners.

The pandemic and rising prices over the past year have changed that picture. At the start of the pandemic, year-over-year wage growth reached more than 7.5% and has remained around 5% for most of the past two years, almost double the growth rate of the previous decade. This was good news for workers initially, as wage growth far exceeded the rate of inflation. But with prices rising rapidly, the March 2022 data for year-over-year changes in the CPI exceed the year-over-year changes in hourly gains by 3 percentage points.

Changes in the cost of living have also affected workers differently by geography. More than two-thirds of states saw the cost of living decline relative to the national average in the decade before the pandemic. In contrast, coastal states like Washington, Oregon, and Massachusetts led the nation in cost of living increases over the same period.

But with wage growth in mind, the rising cost of living has not necessarily reduced the real income of the typical worker in more expensive states. Many states that have experienced faster growth in the cost of living, such as California and Colorado, have also experienced economic prosperity that has increased wages faster than in other parts of the country. The state whose workers may be the best off in recent years is Utah, which grew the nation’s fastest in real income per capita from 2010 to 2020 at 43.1% and recorded the seventh lowest change in the cost of living over this period. At the state and metro level, other places have struggled with the opposite problem: slower increases in income alongside faster increases in the cost of living. The states where incomes have grown the slowest over the past decade are Alaska, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

The data used in this analysis comes from the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis. Real personal income the tables. To determine where incomes have struggled to keep pace with inflation, researchers calculated the percentage change in real per capita income between 2010 and 2020, with lower values ​​ranked higher. high. All values ​​shown are adjusted for inflation in 2020 dollars. To improve relevance, only metropolitan areas with a population of at least 100,000 have been included. Additionally, metros were grouped into cohorts based on population size.

Here are the US metro areas where incomes have struggled to keep pace with inflation.

Large metros where revenue has struggled to keep pace with inflation

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15. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +22.7%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$10,888
  • Income per capita 2020: $58,828
  • Income per capita 2010: $47,940

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14. Memphis, TN-MS-AR

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +22.5%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$10,161
  • Income per capita 2020: $55,398
  • Income per capita 2010: $45,237

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13. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +22.4%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$14,273
  • Income per capita 2020: $78,095
  • Income per capita 2010: $63,822

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12. Kansas City, MO-KS

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +22.4%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$11,249
  • Income per capita 2020: $61,555
  • Income per capita 2010: $50,306

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11. Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +21.6%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$11,232
  • Income per capita 2020: $63,321
  • Income per capita 2010: $52,089

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10. Tulsa, okay

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +20.4%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$10,630
  • Income per capita 2020: $62,762
  • Income per capita 2010: $52,132

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9. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +19.8%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$9,210
  • Income per capita 2020: $55,652
  • Income per capita 2010: $46,442

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8. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +19.7%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$10,464
  • Income per capita 2020: $63,531
  • Income per capita 2010: $53,067

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7. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +19.3%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$8,574
  • Income per capita 2020: $52,981
  • Income per capita 2010: $44,407

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6. New Orleans-Metairie, LA

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +17.9%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$9,105
  • Income per capita 2020: $60,012
  • Income per capita 2010: $50,908

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5. Oklahoma City, OK

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +16.6%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$8,014
  • Income per capita 2020: $56,419
  • Income per capita 2010: $48,405

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4. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +16.6%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$7,286
  • Income per capita 2020: $51,295
  • Income per capita 2010: $44,009

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3. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +15.6%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$9,348
  • Income per capita 2020: $69,115
  • Income per capita 2010: $59,766

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2. Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +14.9%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$8,523
  • Income per capita 2020: $65,724
  • Income per capita 2010: $57,201

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1. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

  • Percentage change in per capita income (2010-2020): +14.1%
  • Total change in per capita income (2010-2020): +$7,417
  • Income per capita 2020: $60,092
  • Income per capita 2010: $52,675

Detailed results and methodology

The data used in this analysis comes from the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis. Real personal income the tables. To determine where incomes have struggled to keep pace with inflation, the researchers calculated the percentage change in per capita income between 2010 and 2020, with lower values ​​ranked higher. In case of a tie, the place where the total change in per capita income over the same period was the lowest was ranked first. Note that all values ​​shown are adjusted for inflation in 2020 dollars. To improve relevance, only metropolitan areas with a population of at least 100,000 have been included. Additionally, metros were grouped into cohorts based on population size: small (100,000 to 349,999), medium (350,000 to 999,999), and large (1,000,000 or more).

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Thousands of people across the United States protest against the threat to the right to abortion

News outlets across the country are reporting protests that erupted over the leak of the Supreme Court opinion that threatens Roe vs. Wade. “Rage”, “fury” and “fear” are typical terms reported to describe how protesters feel about the threat to abortion rights.

The Washington Post: With fear and fury, thousands across the United States are mobilizing for abortion rights

Lisa Branscomb marched past the Supreme Court on Saturday among dozens of abortion rights protesters and tried to hold back tears. All day she heard stories of women choosing abortions and saw others holding signs proudly declaring they had it too. She had listened to the crowd chant: “My body! My choice!” (Silverman, Swenson, Asbury and Elwood, 5/14)

The Boston Globe: “I can’t contain my rage.” Abortion rights activists rally in Boston and across the country

Thousands of abortion rights activists gathered and marched through the streets of downtown Boston on Saturday to protest the leaked Supreme Court draft decision that would strike down the constitutional right to abortion established there has nearly 50 years in the historic Roe v. Wade case. The protests on Boston Common and Copley Square coincided with nationwide demonstrations for abortion rights, including a protest in Washington, D.C., where thousands of people listened to speeches at the Washington Monument and then marched past the Supreme Court. In speeches and chants of the slogan “Bans Off Our Bodies,” protesters on Boston Common expressed their fury at the prospect of the Supreme Court overthrowing Roe. (Crimaldi and Stoico, 5/14)

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio Abortion Rights Advocates Support Roe V. Wade Outside Statehouse

Organizers handed out signs reading “Ban our bodies” and “Stand with Black women,” while handmade signs in the crowd carried more scathing messages, such as “If you take away my reproductive choice, can I delete yours? with a hand-drawn image of a pair of scissors, and “If I wanted the government in my womb, I’d be (expletive) a senator.” “I want Mike DeWine to understand, or I hope Nan Whaley, if elected, but I want the Ohio Legislature to understand that we need access to safe abortion,” said Christina Pusecker , 48, of Cedarville. “The first rally I attended was in Washington, DC, in April 1992, when the Supreme Court ruled on the Casey case.” (Hanks, 05/14)

Chicago Tribune: ‘I hope people are as scared as I am’: Thousands rally and demonstrate in Chicago in support of abortion rights

Carly Mostar started marching for abortion rights almost 20 years ago and although she said she would continue to show up when needed, she finds it hard to believe that it is still necessary to show up. fight to give a woman a choice. Mostar was one of nearly 1,000 people representing many different communities who gathered at Union Park in West Town on Saturday morning in the glorious sunshine to support the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. (Ahmad and Casanova, 5/14)

Kansas City Star: Hundreds attend abortion rights rally at Plaza in KC

M’Vyonne Payne was 11 weeks pregnant when she collapsed on her bathroom floor and was rushed to a Kansas City hospital in 2018. She was bleeding inside and lost until to a liter of blood. Doctors told her she had had an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus. Pregnancies are not viable and can threaten a woman’s life. Payne spoke to more than 300 people gathered in Mill Creek Park on Saturday at an abortion rights rally. “Bans Off Our Bodies” was organized by the Reale Justice Network and many other organizations. It was the latest protest in the Kansas City area in the weeks after Politico published a draft Supreme Court opinion quashing Roe v. Wade. Rallies were held Saturday in several cities across the country. (Torres, 5/15)

Salt Lake Tribune: Abortion rights rally draws about 2,500 people to Utah Capitol, including women who fought for Roe V. Wade decades ago

It has been more than 49 years since the United States Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, who established a constitutional right to abortion. But decades later, the women who fought for that decision are still crying out to be heard. And they’re afraid what the Supreme Court’s recently leaked draft opinion, which showed a majority of the court voted privately to overturn Roe, will mean for the future of women’s rights in the United States. . “I remember when the decision was made for birth control, not to mention abortion,” said Beverly Cooper, who was 26 when Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. “And so I lived at a time, and I never imagined that I would be living in a time like this. I never thought that would be my future. (Miller, 5/14)

Star-Tribune: Protesters demonstrate in favor of abortion rights in Wyoming

Between Veteran’s Park and Healing Park on Conwell, a crowd filled the sidewalk. They were protesting the recently leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion on Saturday, which shows the justices appear poised to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer. About 200 abortion rights protesters – children, parents, grandparents, students and friends – clutched cardboard signs and billboards with slogans such as ‘I walked for this ago 50 years”, “Stop the madness” and “Whose next rights will be?” As they walked, they chanted “My body, my choice”. When they arrived at Conwell Street, they chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, the patriarchy must go.” (Shimizu Harris Casper, 5/15)

San Francisco Chronicle: Pro-Choice Marchers Take to SF Market Street, Demand Abortion Protections

The protest was the largest women’s rights-focused march in San Francisco this year, drawing around 10,000 people, said Sophia Andary, co-chair and executive director of the Women’s March of San Francisco, which co-sponsored the event. event. Participants came from across the Bay Area and were united in their desire to shape the national conversation on reproductive health care and related issues. The right to have an abortion “shouldn’t even be a form of law in government,” Andary told The Chronicle. “It’s about women’s autonomy and (people’s) right to choose. We need people to stay engaged and walking, but more importantly we need people to go beyond that. (Picon, 05/14)

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Salt lake city

Salt Lake City police arrest man in fatal State Street stabbing case

The fatal stabbing is the fourth homicide in Salt Lake City this year.

(Salt Lake City Police Department) Salt Lake City police are investigating a fatal stabbing near 1700 South and State Street. on Saturday May 14, 2022.

Salt Lake City police arrested a man in connection with a fatal stabbing Saturday night.

Trevor Bellacomo, 34, was stabbed multiple times and found injured near 1700 South and State Street around 9:25 p.m., authorities said in a news release. Bellacomo was taken to hospital, where he died of his injuries.

On Sunday, police arrested a 36-year-old man and took him to the Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of murder and obstruction of justice. The Salt Lake Tribune generally does not identify suspects unless they have been formally charged.

The man allegedly stabbed Bellacomo multiple times outside an entertainment venue, the statement said. Bellacomo then walked to the area near 1700 South and State Street “for help but lost consciousness and collapsed,” police said.

Authorities said the stabbing “does not appear to be a random attack.”

Bellacomo’s death is the fourth homicide in Salt Lake City since the start of the year, police say.

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200 years of Monroe Doctrine leave traces of American atrocities in Latin America

Cuban activists and supporters gather outside the Cuban Embassy during a rally for Cuban freedom on July 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. [Photo/Agencies]

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his Bolivian counterpart Luis Arce this week affirmed their refusal to attend the June 6-10 Summit of the Americas in the United States if the host insists on excluding Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Their position reflects regional opposition to the exclusion of these countries from the summit, but this is not the first time that the United States has tried to impose its will on the entire American continent, and it will not be the last.

In the nearly 200 years since the United States adopted the so-called Monroe Doctrine in 1823, American atrocities in Latin America have overshadowed bilateral relations.


The history of the development of the United States is also a history of Latin American resistance marked by blood and tears.

After its founding, which involved dispossessing North American Indians of their own land, the United States embarked on a policy of expansion against Mexico, its southern neighbor.

Through the war, the United States appropriated half of Mexico’s territory, including all or part of the current states of California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, of Colorado and Wyoming.

Mexico has lost significant mineral resources, which has had an impact on its economic development.

At the end of the 19th century, the United States launched another offensive, taking possession of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea through the Spanish-American War and occupying Cuba.

At the turn of the 20th century, frequent US military aggression in Latin America gradually brought the countries of the region into its sphere of influence.

In 1903, the United States forcibly rented Guantanamo, Cuba’s natural port in the Caribbean, turning it into the first American military base abroad. To date, Washington refuses to return it to Cuba.

In 1915, the United States sent troops to occupy Haiti under the guise of “protecting the diaspora” from local unrest. He will not retire until 1934.

The United States occupied the Dominican Republic from 1916 to 1924 to collect debts incurred by Dominican governments.

American troops invaded the island again in 1965, when the Dominican Republic’s civil war toppled the pro-American government and Washington sent some 40,000 troops to “restore order”.

In 1989, the United States sent elite troops to invade Panama under the guise of “protecting the lives and property of American citizens”, overthrowing the military government and attempting to gain permanent control of the Panama Canal.


In 1904, American writer O. Henry used his experience in Honduras to write his novel “Cabbages and Kings”, in which he exposed the ruthless plunder of American monopolies in Central America and the Caribbean, and coined the term “banana republic”, referring to countries under the control of American capital and whose economies depended invariably on a single crop, such as bananas.

In 1930, the United Fruit Company of the United States controlled approximately 1.4 million hectares of land in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama and more than 2,400 kilometers of railroads, as well as customs, telecommunications and other essential services of the countries.

In 1947 alone, American companies accounted for as much as 38% of gross domestic product (GDP) in Honduras, 22.7% in Guatemala, 16.5% in Costa Rica and 12.3% in Panama.

Exploited and plundered by the United States, these countries became its economic vassals as suppliers of raw materials and dumping grounds for American-made commodities, with economies far behind.

In addition, Washington has imposed and continues to impose indiscriminate sanctions and tariffs on several Latin American countries, further restricting the region’s economic development.

In 1962, the United States launched a trade embargo against Cuba that turned into an all-out blockade of the island nation, resulting in over US$150 billion in economic losses by mid-2021.

“The blockade is suffocating our economy, causing shortages, hampering development and is the greatest violation of Cubans’ rights,” said the island’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez.

Venezuela has also suffered the impact of more than 430 sanctions imposed since 2015 by the United States and its allies, with losses to its economy of more than US$130 billion.

The sanctions have caused a 99% drop in Venezuela’s revenue and have had a negative impact on all social and economic spheres, according to Venezuelan Foreign Minister Felix Plasencia.


At the beginning of the 21st century, as Latin American countries recovered from recurrent political and economic crises, their relations with Washington began to be characterized by contradictions and conflicts.

In 2011, the 33 countries of the region created the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the first regional organization in the Americas to drop the participation of the United States and Canada.

Faced with the continuous decline of its influence, the United States is forced to adjust its policy towards Latin America.

“The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over,” then Secretary of State John Kerry declared in 2013 at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS), announcing the dawn of a new era “of interests and common values” between the United States and the region.

But that doesn’t paint an accurate picture. The shadow of Uncle Sam still lurks behind many political developments in Latin America, said Adalberto Santana of the Center for Latin America and Caribbean Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Washington’s fingerprints are everywhere in the 2009 military coup in Honduras, the ousting of Fernando Lugo in Paraguay in 2012 and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil in 2016, the forced resignation of Evo Morales in Bolivia in 2019 and the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela.

In a speech to the US Senate in February, Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders acknowledged that the United States had undermined or overthrown governments in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“For the past 200 years, our country has operated under the Monroe Doctrine, based on the principle that as the dominant power in the Western Hemisphere, the United States has the right to intervene in any country that might threaten our so-called interests. Under this doctrine, we have undermined and overthrown at least a dozen governments,” Sanders said.

As recently as 2020, the United States named American hawk Mauricio Claver-Carone president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), ignoring the practice of always appointing a Latin American to the post because he wants exert more diplomatic pressure on countries. like Venezuela.

At the start of the COVID-19 epidemic in Latin America, the United States, then the global epicenter of the pandemic, summarily deported undocumented Central American migrants without the usual safeguards, increasing the risk of the disease spreading in countries with weak health systems.

Moreover, in response to reasonable requests for assistance from Latin American countries to fight the pandemic, the United States has chosen to ignore them, even to block its cooperation with countries outside the region, falsely alleging “debt traps” or “neocolonialism”, politicizing a health issue and forcing them to take sides to the detriment of their own development.

The United States, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said, fails to see that Latin America and the Caribbean has changed and that the Monroe Doctrine can no longer be reinstated.

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Salt lake city government

Utah students come out to support abortion rights

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — More than 100 students at West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, walked out of class Thursday in support of abortion rights.

It comes after Senate Democrats forced a vote to advance a bill that would enshrine abortion rights into federal law.

The legislation failed in the Senate yesterday and now many fear losing their abortion rights.

Students have been concerned about leaked Supreme Court documents that potentially overturned Roe V. Wade. Students chanted, held up signs and rallied to make their voices heard on this controversial issue.

The school sent an email stating that the walkout was not a school-sanctioned event, but school officials wanted to give students the space to exercise their freedom of speech.

“Banning abortions isn’t going to take away abortions, it’s going to take away safe abortions,” said West High student Addie Eresuma.

Students at the event shared their concerns about the creation of women’s body laws, the effects an abortion ban would have on low-income women, and how the “trigger law from Utah could affect rape victims who are going through something personal and traumatic.

“The reason a woman gets pregnant should be their private issue,” said West High student Anna Young. “It shouldn’t be something the government has to sort of dissect.”

Students mentioned that the reason they organize events like this is to ensure they have a voice in issues that affect their future – they want to fight for it.

West High wasn’t the only school to plan a walkout on Thursday — more than 100 kids from Highland High School and East High School also walked out in support of abortion rights.

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🌱 Does SLC have the highest rental prices in the country? + No more school walkouts

Hello, people of Salt Lake City! Joseph Peterson here with the latest Salt Lake City Daily.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Partly sunny and warmer. High: 77 Low: 53.

Here are the top three stories in Salt Lake City today:

  1. The students of Five high schools in the Salt Lake City area staged a march for abortion rights on Friday. It was an effort to raise their voices and demonstrate their First Amendment rights. although it is not a school-sanctioned event. These walkouts are no longer rare occurrences, a reality that is not lost on the school district. But according to a spokesperson, the walkouts have been respectful and orderly and the voice of the rising generation deserves to be heard. (FOX 13 Utah News)
  2. President Joe Biden has ordered flags across the country to be lowered to half staff in all public buildings as America’s projected COVID-19 death toll hits one million. For Salt Lake City, the Utah State Capitol flag was lowered on Friday to honor the grisly milestone and will remain at half mast until Monday. “As a nation, we must not be numb to such grief,” the president said in a proclamation. Also recently announced, Utah Governor Spencer Cox released a statement saying he has tested positive for COVID-19. (KUTV 2News)
  3. As Salt Lake City continues to grow and experience a real estate market that won’t slow down, The capital of Utah also finds itself at the top of the list of the most expensive rental rates in the country. It is also the third highest on the list of the most dramatic average rental rate increases over the past two years. In numbers, this means that SLC has seen its rental rates increase by almost 25% since 2019, from $1,189 a few years ago to $1,475 today. (

Today in Salt Lake City:

  • Join the Aviary on World Migratory Bird Day for a weekend celebration of the connection between nature and the city at our Liberty Park campus. It’s the Urban Bird Festival at Tracy Aviary & Botanical Gardens (10:00 AM)
  • Going to Logan for the weekend? Listen to the Salt Lake Children’s Choir concert “At Springtime.” It’s free and open to the public, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Logan. (7:30 p.m.)
  • This show gives you the best of both worlds: scripted punchlines and on-the-fly staging. It’s stand-up-inspired LIVE improv at Why Kiki. (7:30 p.m.)
  • Attend a free, family-friendly multi-ethnic performing arts festival at the Gateway Olympic Legacy Plaza. It is a celebration of cultural diversity. (10 p.m.)

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Utah economy

Cliff of Hunger: Pantries worry about continued inflation and recession

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Utah Food Bank President and CEO Ginette Bott said she knew many families faced at least 12 to 18 months of struggle to put food on the table.

As expected, demand in food pantries has increased during the pandemic, but now it shows no signs of slowing down thanks to steadily rising prices for food, housing and gasoline.

“The pandemic has really leveled the playing field, which means everyone has had challenges throughout,” Bott said. “Then, all of a sudden, inflation appeared. And so the same families that were struggling with COVID are still struggling now, hampered by inflation. It affects us all…but if you’re a family that’s been impacted by all of this because of COVID and you’re still trying to catch up, inflation has been horrible.

Bott said the Utah food bank saw nearly three times the usual demand at the busiest time of the pandemic, and even now it’s more than twice as busy as normal. At the same time, demand for food in pantries is on the rise, with frequent supply chain issues making some items – such as infant formula – harder for consumers to find.

“If the stores don’t have these kinds of items, it’s not something I can go out and find either. Just because we’re a food bank doesn’t mean we can get the things the store doesn’t have,” Bott said, adding that the Utah Food Bank is carefully monitoring shortages to prepare for what’s to come. could happen next. “Baby food and infant formula are things that we are very careful and very careful with because of expiry dates.”

Bill Tibbitts, deputy executive director of Crossroads Urban Center, a food pantry in Salt Lake City, said the organization tries to keep as much stock as possible because there’s nowhere else people can turn. .

“Usually we’re on the line,” he said. “When people come to see us, they have already used other options. … If we don’t have something, there’s no great place to refer people for things like formula.

The Utah Food Bank — which supplies more than 200 food pantries across the state — gets the majority of its food from large commercial donors or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to Bott, they’ve been spared the worst of the supply crisis — especially when it comes to necessities — thanks to Utah’s relatively strong supply chain.

Lately, the food bank has faced greater hurdles when it comes to finding the labor to sort and deliver food to pantries, as well as dealing with transportation costs.

“If this does not happen on time, and soon, it will be very difficult for us to maintain the level of service. We can have the product, but I won’t have the staff and I won’t have the fuel to keep these trucks on the road,” Bott said.

An unprecedented dilemma

Tibbitts, who has worked for Crossroads for two decades, said he had never seen such a request. Previous surges, he said, were usually driven by high unemployment rates, such as in the years following the 2008 recession. Now, despite the low unemployment rate, more and more Utahns are turn to food pantries because their wages cannot keep up with the price of goods.

“For the families we serve, the price of food is bad, but part of the reason it’s so bad is that rent is going up twice as fast as food,” he said. “(People) just get stretched in ways they couldn’t have anticipated. …Normally when we have 2% unemployment, the pantry slows down as people can get better paying jobs, but the cost of living, especially for tenant families, is rising faster than wages . It’s scary.”

“We didn’t see such a large increase when the unemployment rate was so low. Never,” he continued.

Tibbitts is more concerned about what’s yet to come, given that some of the few remaining COVID-19 assistance programs — including an expanded food stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — could cancel benefits later this year.

When that happens, he said, “pantries across the country are expecting a big boost.”

“We’re seeing an increase now, but when that happens people nationally refer to it as a hunger cliff,” Tibbitts said. “That’s what worries us. Right now we are seeing an increase, but we are generally able to keep up with it. If things get worse, it will be quite difficult to keep enough food on the shelves. »

The country could be in even worse shape in the event of a true recession, he said, because even more Utahns could face food insecurity.

“I’m not used to seeing the economy so impacted,” Tibbitts said. “First the pandemic, and now a war in Europe. Hard to know what to predict. I prefer not to speculate, I don’t want to give the universe bad ideas.

“It’s not going away anytime soon”

While they understand that many families who could normally afford an excess are now struggling to meet basic needs, Bott and Tibbitts encouraged Utahns to help in any way they can.

“The one thing I think people should always remember is that in addition to food and money, your neighborhood food pantries also need your time,” Bott said. “Sometimes volunteer help is just as important as food or money.”

“For the foreseeable future, it looks like it’s only going to get worse,” Tibbitts said. “We are just so grateful to everyone who is volunteering because we need all the help we can get at this time.”

“It’s really a juggling act,” added Bott. “We’ve been doing this for 118 years, it’s not going away anytime soon.”

The United States Postal Service is participating in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 14. Letter carriers will deliver non-perishable food that residents leave in a bag or box near their mailbox before 9 a.m., and donations can be made to Utah Food Bank Warehouses or Harmons Grocers.

People facing food insecurity can call 211 for help finding the nearest food pantry or for help with food stamps and other programs.

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Salt lakes real estate

Keys to the Kingdom: Exploring Vermont’s Beautiful Northeast Corner

Our companion, a Bostonian at heart, was impressed. So. A lot. Cows! We kept stopping the car so he could take pictures of red barns and white silos, green hills and blue skies – and dozens of black and white Holsteins. Our advice: Plan to take it slow if you’re road tripping along Vermont’s 51-mile Northeast Kingdom Byway. Bordering Canada and wedged between the Green Mountains and the Connecticut River, the eastern corner of Vermont is the most rural part of the state. Comprising the counties of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans, with a combined population of approximately 66,000, it projects a more “small-town” than craftsman-hipster vibe. It’s a colorful quilt of small hamlets, plus a larger town, St. Johnsbury, the commercial center of the region, and exactly one town, Newport. Home to Jay Peak, Burke Mountain and Lyndon Outing Club ski resorts, the Northeast Kingdom has the dubious distinction of being the coldest place in the state, with an official lowest recorded temperature of minus 50 degrees. There must be solid material here.

Seriously, though: a kingdom? The nickname is often attributed to Vermont Governor George Aiken, who used it in a speech in 1949. Whatever its genesis, the glowing descriptor is apt: it’s a glorious place. The Northeast Kingdom is dotted with more than 200 lakes and ponds and home to eight state parks. Rules of outdoor recreation, from fishing to fat-tire cycling. And if it really was a kingdom, the royal family would surely reside on Lake Willoughby, Vermont’s answer to Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne. Nearly 8 km long, this fjord-like lake is one of the most dazzling places in New England. Here’s a curated overview of what you’ll encounter if you enter the realm.

Key place to stay: Inn at Mountain View Farm

True, they had us at “dwarf goats”. This 440-acre farm estate sits atop Darling Hill in East Burke; the goats are part of an on-site animal sanctuary that includes rescue horses as part of the menagerie. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the inn has 14 rooms and suites and offers access to over 100 miles of bike trails, twice-weekly yoga sessions, and a free hot breakfast (with home-grown vegetables on the farm) and an afternoon tea. . The s’mores at the hearth are a nice touch; they also offer a beer garden with Vermont craft beers on weekends. From $180 (includes access to Kingdom Trails); 802-826-9924;

Key place to play: Kingdom Trails

We always say, nothing like a bike ride to become a 10-year-old child again! And you really will feel like a lucky kid if you’re on this 100-mile network of single and dual track mountain bike trails; the Kingdom Trails are ranked among the best mountain biking networks in the world. (Don’t like biking? All sections of the trails are great for walking and running.) Accessible via daily, monthly, or annual membership, the trails are suitable for all ages and abilities, according to the Kingdom Trail Association. Take a look at their website and familiarize yourself with the culture (“Ride with Gratitude” is a theme) before you ride. Trails cross private land, so code of conduct and rules apply (eg, no e-bikes.) Day membership: $20; 8-15 years old, $12;

Key places to camp: White Caps Campground and Emerald Lake State Park

Love camping in your newly purchased RV? Caps Blancs campsite (RVs from $47 per night; cabins, $75 per night; occupies prime real estate at the south end of Lake Willoughby in Westmore. No need for BYOB (boat); they offer boat rentals as well as a small camping store. They also offer tent camping, but RV sites (some overlooking the lake) and rustic cabins are the way to go here.

For a more peaceful woods camping experience, we like Emerald Lake State Park ( in East Dorset. The campsites are located on a wooded hillside with walking trails that lead to a 20-acre green-hued lake. There is a small swimming area, boat hire, fishing and wonderful walks in the nearby Dorset mountain. Another to consider: Brighton State Park in Brighton, a beautiful, quiet campground known for great fishing, located near Island Pond and Spectacle Pond. Camping fees at Vermont state parks are approximately $30 per night; two-night minimum stays may apply. (Tip: book early if you want a summer weekend.)

Must-see places to admire the view: Lake Memphremagog and Lake Willoughby

A large part nearly 32 miles long Lake Memphremagog is located in Magog, Quebec. But the Vermont end of this freshwater lake, in the town of Newport, is a dandy place to celebrate the state’s short but balmy summer season. Plan a visit to Prouty Beach, a picnic by the lake or lunch at one of the restaurants on the shore and watch the boats go by.

As for Lake Willoughby? “Beyond beauty”, as our companion said. Rent a kayak at White Caps Campground and paddle the fjord, or hike one of the 12 miles of trails in the Willoughby State Forest. The peaks of the Pisgah and Hor mountains, rising along the lake, are a great attraction. A favorite route is the Mount Pisgah Trail, 4.1 miles round trip, a moderately difficult hike due to an elevation gain of 1,653 feet. Those views of the lake are worth it.

Key places to eat: The Parker Pie Company, Salt Bistro, Burke Publick House

You’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon a real find at Parker Pie Company (from $14;, a pizzeria at the back of the Lake Parker Country Store in West Glover. The combination of great pizza and local beer can’t be beat. You won’t go wrong with the Green Mountain Special pizza, topped with spinach, red onions, bacon, apple, fresh garlic and cheddar cheese, with a drizzle of local maple syrup. Want to go a little fancier than a pizza and a beer? Salt Bistro ( in St. Johnsbury is known for its high quality local food with an Italian twist; live music (and maple cream martinis) add to a fun night. We are always happy to find a good gastropub on our travels; fortunately, the NEK delivers with Burke Publick House (entries from $16; The entree side of the menu is irresistible – there’s poutine ($11; hey, Canada is nearby) and “candy for men”, smoked and fried pork belly with chili sauce and coleslaw, topped with pickled onions ($11.) Who’s to say no to that?

The Museum of Daily Life.
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Key stops for a rainy day: Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, Museum of Everyday Life

Insect art! Butterflies! You could easily spend a few hours exploring this natural history museum, housed in a circa-1889 Victorian building in St. Johnsbury. Home to numerous animal specimens and artifacts, the site is also home to the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, Vermont’s only public planetarium. Interesting features here include an outdoor butterfly house (June-Sept) and a weather observation station. As for insect art, the Fairbanks Museum houses the entire collection of “Bug Art” mosaics created by John Hampson, made up of thousands of beetles, moths and butterflies. Adults, $12;

Alarm clocks at the Museum of Daily Life.
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It won’t take long to cover everything, but the Daily Life Museum (donations accepted; in Glover is worth a visit if you are passing through. Described by its founders as a “detailed and theatrical expression of gratitude and love for the tiny, unglamorous experience of everyday life in all its forms”, the self-service museum (turn off the lights when you leave) celebrates the banal. The current exhibition is devoted to lists in all their forms; past shows have explored the mysteries of locks and keys, safety pins, pencils, and “The Toothbrush: From Twig to Bristle.” Because . . . Why not?

Diane Bair and Pamela Wright can be contacted at [email protected]

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Salt lake city

Several victims are recovering from unrelated shootings in Salt Lake City, Taylorsville

SALT LAKE CITY – Several victims are recovering after two unrelated shootings in Salt Lake City and Taylorsville on Wednesday night.

Two men in their mid-twenties are in hospital recovering after being shot in the legs in Taylorsville. Also at the hospital is a 20-year-old who was shot in the leg in Salt Lake City.

The two shootings are unrelated.

In Taylorsville, police said shots were fired at 7 p.m. at 4545 Atherton Drive, near the basketball court.

Officials said four people were engaged in a fight and gunfire was exchanged, although the exact cause of the fight is unknown.

Taylorsville police believe there were shooters on both sides of the fight and two of the men fled the scene. Officials do not know if the two people who fled were injured during the exchange.

The incident is likely isolated between the two parties and Taylorsville police believe there is no danger to the public.

A drone and helicopter response was triggered in an attempt to trace others involved in the shooting.

The two men who were taken to hospital are in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated Salt Lake incident, a 20-year-old man is recovering from being shot in the leg.

The police department’s gang unit is investigating the incident.

At 4:35 p.m., a caller reported a shooting near 600 South 200 East, police report.

Officers located the 20-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to the calf. In the time it took officers to arrive, someone “known to the victim” put a tourniquet on the 20-year-old’s leg, officials said.

The preliminary investigation shows that a group fought and shots were fired.

Those involved in the shooting fled the scene and officers were unable to locate the suspects.

Although there is no suspicious information to disclose, police believe this is not a random incident.

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Utah economy

Inflation rate: US inflation drops slightly but gas and groceries remain up

Inflation in the United States slowed slightly in April, reaching an annual rate of 8.3%, according to a report from the United States Department of Labor published on Wednesday, although many categories of consumers, including basic necessities, recorded double-digit increases more than a year ago.

April’s average rate was lower than the 8.5% year-over-year rise in March, which was the highest rate since 1981.

While a drop in gasoline prices in April helped lower the headline inflation rate, prices at the pumps rose in May and, according to an AAA report on Wednesday, the average price per gallon of fuel ordinary in the United States was at an all-time high. high time of $4.40.

The Mountain West states, which include Utah, continued to have the highest regional inflation in the country, with average prices for goods and services rising 9.8% in April from 10.4% in March.

The Labor Department report noted that increases in the indexes for housing, food, airfare and new vehicles were the main contributors to the seasonally adjusted increase in all items. The food index rose 0.9% during the month, while the home food index rose 1%. The energy index fell in April after rising in recent months. The gasoline index fell 6.1% during the month, offsetting the increases in the natural gas and electricity indexes.

Grocery prices rose 10.8% from a year ago, gasoline prices rose an average of 43.6% from April 2021, and housing costs rose 5 .1% over the past year.

Prices for new and used vehicles also continue to climb, up 13.2% and 22.2%, respectively.

Beyond the financial strain on households, inflation poses a serious political problem for President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats in the midterm election season, with Republicans saying the 1 $.9 trillion from Biden last March overheated the economy, flooding it with stimulus checks, increased unemployment aid payments and child tax credits.

On Tuesday, Biden sought to seize the initiative and declared inflation “the No. 1 problem facing families today” and “my top national priority.”

Biden blamed chronic supply chain groans related to the rapid economic rebound from the pandemic, as well as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, for triggering inflation. He said his administration will help mitigate price hikes by reducing the government’s budget deficit and promoting competition in industries, like meatpacking, that are dominated by a few industry giants.

Yet further disruptions overseas or other unforeseen issues could still push US inflation to new highs. If the European Union decides, for example, to cut off Russian oil, gas prices in the United States will probably accelerate. COVID lockdowns in China are compounding supply issues and hurting growth in the world’s second-largest economy.

The unexpected persistence of high inflation prompted the Federal Reserve to embark on what could become its fastest series of interest rate hikes in 33 years. Last week, the Fed raised its benchmark short-term rate by half a point, its largest increase in two decades. And Powell signaled that more rate hikes just as steep are to come.

The Fed Powell is looking to accomplish the notoriously difficult – and risky – task of cooling the economy enough to slow inflation without causing a recession. Economists say such an outcome is possible but unlikely with such high inflation.

Since last summer, Utahns have registered growing concerns about sweeping price hikes on goods and services, sentiment tracked by a monthly poll conducted by Deseret News in partnership with the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

In a statewide poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates March 9-21 of 804 registered Utah voters, an overwhelming majority of respondents, 93%, said they were very or somewhat worried about inflation, a number that matches what pollsters heard from Utahns in a February survey.

Survey participants also raised concerns that household incomes simply aren’t keeping up with rising costs, and most said they haven’t seen any significant increases in their paychecks in course of the past year.

While 38% of respondents said they had seen an increase in the past 12 months, 62% said their income had stayed the same, and 75% of respondents said their salary just wasn’t keeping up with inflation. .

The same March survey also asked Utah residents who they believe were responsible for the rise in inflation. While respondents were almost united in expressing their concerns about large-scale price increases, they gave more varied responses to the question of who is to blame.

It’s perhaps unsurprising that partisanship played a role in the March 9-21 poll of 804 registered voters. A plurality of respondents, 33%, pointed the finger at the Democratic Party when asked “who or what is to blame for inflation”.

Republicans fared much better, winning just 6% in the blame game, while the Federal Reserve was seen as slightly more responsible at 8%. U.S. corporate pricing and policies were the source of inflation for 17% of survey participants, and 23% believed rising costs could be attributed to the economic fallout from COVID-19.

The poll results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.45 percentage points.

Contributor: Associated press

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7 luxury train holidays for wine lovers

The whistle sounds, the doors close, the train swerves. You sit under the glass-domed observation car, butterflies flutter with the promise of adventure. A waiter walks by with champagne. Today’s luxury train class offers a much-needed antidote to the compact, clinical cruelty of commercial flight.

Yet the best luxury train travel doesn’t just encase passengers in imported finery; they also build bridges between travelers and destinations through locally sourced wine, spirits and food. Crossing the Karoo in South Africa, for example, you sip Chenin. In Paris, share a bottle of bubbles with new friends at the onboard champagne bar. Traveling up the Douro Valley, savor Port while watching the train tracks unfold in the starry night. In the spirit of TS Eliot, “it’s the journey that counts, not the arrival”.

Here are seven wine-soaked luxury rail vacations on distant tracks.

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The Venice Simplon-Orient Express, Europe

Authors Agatha Christie and Ian Fleming have immortalized this historic train in their works of fiction. Fortunately, the actual experience comes close to the elegance of their pages.

Servicing the fashionable corridor between London and Istanbul, with stops like Paris and Verona, the Venice Simplon-Orient Express itself is the reason to ride. White-gloved hands receive your luggage on board and, on the train, the decor recalls the stylized geometry of the Art Deco era which comes to life in sumptuous fabrics and wallpapers.

This trip also offers one of the best on-rails wine selections in Europe, with a rich cellar of French and Italian labels. The executive chef, Jean Imbert, prepares dinner throughout the trip. Think lamb from the salt marshes of Mont Saint-Michel or lobsters from Brittany. Along the road, guests converge at dusk in the Champagne Bar as a prelude to an evening of destination-worthy dining.

The Royal Scotsman, Scotland
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The Royal Scotsman, Scotland

The Royal Scotsman takes its passengers through Scotland’s rugged countryside at a sleepy pace. Settle in with a Scotch to watch the lochs and castles float past your sleeping car window. Elegant cabins lined with marquetry have plush beds upholstered in Scottish wools and tartans, textiles worthy of a country home.

Train schedules run between April and July with varying routes. A guided Scotch malt whiskey tour takes guests to Tomatin, Glenlivet and Tullibardine distilleries. The Western Scenic Wonder trip focuses on scenery.

Naturally, the Royal Scotsman’s whiskey selection outshines the competition with over 50 selections broken down by regional style. The creative cocktails shine, as do the Scottish gin and beer selections. Laurent-Perrier is the “house” champagne, with still wines from Europe and South America. The meals testify to the local richness: Scottish oak-smoked salmon and Rannoch Moor venison make frequent appearances.

The Haybarn Spa car offers facials or massages with panoramic views.

Andean Explorer, Peru
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Andean Explorer, Peru

On a trip from Cusco to Arequipa, travelers aboard the Andean Explorer can cover 25,000 miles of mountainous terrain, Pisco Sour in hand, in two days. As you cross the glorious Andean plains, you’ll pause at Lake Titicaca, a vast pool of blue kissing the sky at 12,500 feet above sea level. Back on board, hang on to the open-air balcony perch atop the observation car.

Two dining cars welcome guests to soft leather armchairs for a feast of lively Peruvian flavors and local wines and spirits. Chefs source local quinoa, beans, corn and squash along the route, while the national drink, pisco, features prominently in cocktails. Most of the wines come from Chile and Argentina in South America.

After a night of partying, book the Andean Ritual, a cleansing wrap of flowers and coke in the Picaflor Spa car.

The Presidential Train, Douro Valley, Portugal
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The Presidential Train, Douro Valley, Portugal

Portugal’s scenic Douro Valley is tailor-made for wine-soaked train journeys. Through a picture window, watch the undulating ribbons of vineyards unfold above the majestic Douro River.

On the presidential train, chefs prepare multi-course meals featuring local flavors and Douro wines. A partnership with Niepoort informs much of the wine list. On the beautiful Vista Alegre China, guests in the cleverly designed cars can savor tender cod drizzled with Portuguese olive oil and sip a floral Touriga Nacional in Riedel crystal.

Opt for the full-day Presidential Experience, which departs from Porto and ends with a private wine tasting at the famous Quinta do Vesuvio.

Rovos Rail, some African destinations
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Rovos Rail, some African destinations

Rovos Rail spotlights iconic routes across the continent with five-star service, fine wine and mahogany-panelled sleeping cars.

Wine lovers should consider the three-night, four-day trip from Pretoria to Cape Town, which offers breathtaking contrasts in scenery. You’ll pass the scenic semi-desert terrain of the Karoo before breaking through the verdant valleys of the Cape Winelands.

On board, sample South African blends of Chenin Blanc, Pinotage and Bordeaux red. At dinner, the chef showcases local ingredients and the flavors woven into local game meat amid elegant Edwardian-inspired interiors. Take a seat on an open-air balcony to admire Table Mountain before disembarking in Cape Town.

Rocky Mountaineer, Canada
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Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

From Fraser River salmon to Okanagan Riesling, Rocky Mountaineer showcases the food and wine of its western Canadian roots.

A day-only train with no sleeper cars, the Rocky Mountaineer serves breakfast and lunch on board, making evening stops in small towns where guests stay overnight in hotels. Of the four routes, First Passage to the West remains a popular connection between Vancouver and Banff. The train crosses mountain passes and canyons, lakes and mirror forests, offering spectacular scenery.

Differences between service levels, Silver Leaf and Gold Leaf, are defined by viewing spaces, dining service, hotels, and the number of staff available per guest. Both, however, offer free wine. Most of the selections are Canadian, affecting the different regions of the Okanagan Valley such as Penticton-Naramata.

During the day, hosts tell stories of historic sites, such as pointing out where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. They also talk about flora, fauna, and wildlife beyond the glass-domed viewing cars, giving guests a deeper appreciation of the setting.

The Great Southern Rail, Australia
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The Great Southern Rail, Australia

Journey Beyond operates multiple routes through Australia’s breathtaking landscapes. The 2023 four-day, three-night Great Southern voyage connects Brisbane to Adelaide with wine country excursions. When traveling south, you’ll visit Coffs Harbor for an outdoor dining experience, Hunter Valley for an introduction to Semillon and Shiraz, or Port Stephens to see the Stockton Sand Dunes. You’ll stop in Melbourne for a choice of city experiences, including sipping on great wine bars. Disembark in Adelaide and head to the vineyard-covered Adelaide Hills.

The reverse journey from Adelaide to Brisbane offers off-train experiences in the Grampians, Canberra and Coffs Harbour. On board, choose from Platinum or Gold Service cabins; however, most of your time will be spent in convivial lounges sipping on an all-inclusive selection of Australian wines and ports. After a bottle or two of Shiraz paired with Australian dishes at the Queen Adelaide restaurant, everyone quickly makes friends.

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If an NFL team came to Salt Lake City, would you attend Sunday games?

NFL on CBS recently posed this question online: If the NFL has announced a new expansion team, which city do you think deserves it the most?

Salt Lake City received more mentions than you might think.

I always thought that Utah would one day become a prime location for the nation’s most popular professional sports league to have a franchise. One day. Is that day approaching? Close enough to the point where he might actually be a genuine candidate? Or talk about her as a candidate? Or deserve to be a candidate?

This is the case, especially on the latter.

On my radio show about 20 years ago, my partner and I started a discussion on this very topic. And I said, based on my conversations with Larry Miller, with whom I had spent an hour discussing this possibility privately, I thought there was a decent chance within a few decades or that it becomes a reality.

My partner, whom I respected a lot then and still respect, offered me a separate designation to stop at this conclusion. He said I was — let’s see, what was the exact word? oh yeah – an “idiot”.

Utah’s population was too small. His entrepreneurial capacity in terms of sponsorship dollars was too limited. His football fan bases were too college oriented. Its cultural and religious attitudes were too restrictive regarding the allowance or availability of fans to attend games on Sundays.

Maybe I was an idiot. But maybe not.

We weren’t talking then. We were talking now, or at some point in the not too distant future.

What do you think?

Is Salt Lake City, is the entire Wasatch Front, reaching a point where they could or would support and support an NFL team? It would be expensive, would cost billions. It would take a load of business dollars. It could take taxpayers willing to at least partially help with the cost of a stadium. It would require a fanbase, even among the faithful, willing to skip church meetings or sue them to fill a stadium, buy all manner of concessions, and drink cups of drinks at inflated prices.

You play?

If people here choose not to go to games on Sunday, for whatever reason, that’s fine.

But we are talking about professional football here. The fucking N…F…L. It’s not a start-up trying to drum up interest in a substandard league made up of a bunch of ex-college players not good enough to play in the biggest show . He is the king of professional sports in this country.

When the Jazz first arrived in Utah in the late ’70s, some thought the NBA couldn’t compete with the wildly popular college teams here. And ever since the Jazz moved in, college basketball in this state has been reeling, trying to find a way to generate or regenerate a method to attract fans to the games.

No one can argue that when it comes to basketball in Utah, the Jazz are relatively untouchable.

College football in these regions has taken hold, especially with the growth of the University of Utah program, existing and thriving as it does in the Pac-12. BYU has always been a strong draw, and now that the Cougars have found a home in the Big 12, if they can react and adapt like the Utes did in the Pac-12, that popularity will grow.

Not sure a new love affair with the NFL diminishes passion for college so much, if at all. It might even boost it.

Football has become fundamentally popular in this state, and the mix of college and professional endeavors would, in my opinion, propel it to new heights.

Exactly where an owner would come from, who it would be, what group of individuals might get away with it, I’m not sure. But with the tech industry growing here at the rate it is, along with other business booms, it looks a lot more promising in that regard than it once did.

Some studies that have been done, studies that include factors of all kinds, from the regional economy and personal income to an adequate nearby airport, market size and population growth, point to Salt Lake City as a future location for more viable for the NFL.

The cultural/religious question is fascinating. Would an adequate portion of the Latter-day Saint population accept the idea? I remember once having a conversation with a prominent Christian leader, a man of faith and influence who founded a university and led a large church in California, who said the following words, as they related to his university which fielded sports teams as part of his foundation.

“Sport”, he said, “is the God of our time”.

He didn’t say it literally, but he meant that sport strengthens many aspects of life. And that it can act as a benefit to any community attached to it.

The Jazz have seen it play a role in unifying a deeply divided state when it comes to college rivalries, and that unification helps fans decked out in various shades of red and blue blend in with the shades of Jazz purple.

Think about what an NFL team could do favorably for this community, because it doesn’t just touch on college rivalries, but also other sometimes important divisions, from politics to personal philosophies to religion. The NFL is far from perfect, and it’s not a full-fledged charity. But there are some good bennies that come with it.

With Utah growing, in terms of population, economy, diversity, attitude, football, I’m not sure my projections back then were so silly, after all.

Whether the NFL sees it that way, or ever will, is another question.

But just as important, before all that, is how Utah sees itself.

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Gas Prices Have Soared in New Jersey: What’s Next?

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in New Jersey is now $4.54, up more than 20 cents a gallon from a week ago and more than 40 cents a week ago. one month old.

According to industry analysts, gasoline prices continue to climb for several reasons.

When the pandemic started in March 2020, demand for oil plummeted and production was curtailed.

Demand has returned, but Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis for the Oil Price Information Service, said gas prices have risen because increasing oil production takes time.

Not enough refining capacity

The latest jumps are really on a lack of refining capacity, on top of some of the shutdowns you’ve had in the United States over the last few years,” he said.

Some companies are also hesitant to step up their oil production efforts as there is growing support for expanding green, solar and wind energy efforts, in particular, in the future.

He said refining output in Europe has also been cut and many countries are now promising not to use Russian oil anymore, so prices have risen.

Kloza said demand continues to be lower than it has been for years, but another reason prices have risen is an automated market system.

“The markets are broken, the people who are normally the market breakers, who keep prices from going higher are not there,” he said.

As a result, “you have a lot of artificial intelligence and black box trading and momentum and so on, it becomes disconnected.”

So what happens next?

Kloza expects prices to stabilize, at least for the next few weeks.

“Most of the increases you’ve seen recently have to do with the fact that it’s now summer gasoline that’s being traded everywhere,” he said.

“I expect the U.S. government to provide a federal tax holiday, so that will be an 18-cent drop when that happens.”

Wholesale gasoline prices traditionally peak in early to mid-May and can then drop a little.

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David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ

“I think you’ll see prices flatten out, so summer is anyone’s guess. If we get Gulf Coast hurricanes, we might see $100 a barrel crude but $200 a barrel gasoline, and that’s one of the things that worries us,” Kloza said.

David Matthau is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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Arcadian Infracom Announces Major Customer Agreement and Final BIA Approval for its Fiber Backbone Route from Phoenix to Salt Lake City

These are two more significant examples of the tremendous support from Arcadian customers and our public sector partners for Arcadian Fiber Routes.

Arcadian Infracom, a fiber infrastructure company that builds various low-latency, long-haul fiber routes connecting major data center markets, has signed an agreement to purchase multiple fiber pairs along its Phoenix route. in Salt Lake City by a well-established broadband provider. Arcadian has also received the required easement from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to build its first backbone fiber route through the heart of the Navajo Nation.

“These are two more significant examples of the tremendous support from Arcadian customers and our public sector right-of-way partners for Arcadian fiber routes,” said Dan Davis, CEO of Arcadian. “We appreciate our dark fiber customers’ continued support and confidence in the Arcadian business model and our goals to improve the diversity of the national fiber backbone in the United States and enable scalable broadband access in rural and tribal communities along Arcadian roads. »

Running along Highway 89 between Flagstaff and Page, Arizona, this project will extend the global Internet backbone across the Navajo Nation and other rural communities as Arcadian creates a more direct fiber connection between Phoenix and Salt Lake City. The Navajo Arcadian Fiber Project, established in 2018 by Navajo legislation and extended through 2020 legislation, will provide a long-term sustainable fiber transportation solution for communities along the Fiber Route. This scale fiber backhaul connectivity is essential to enable distance learning, telemedicine, remote work capabilities and other 21st century economic development opportunities for people in these rural communities.

“The BIA easement is the culmination of a highly collaborative process spanning over 3 years with the Navajo Nation and the Department of the Interior’s BIA to construct a major long-distance fiber optic route through Indian Country, rather than to bypass these communities as has happened in the past,” Mr. Davis said. “Arcadian is well positioned with off-the-shelf projects that align with the tens of billions of dollars that individual states and the U.S. government provide to solve the problem of rural and tribal broadband access.”

About Arcadian Infracom

Founded in 2018 by seasoned leaders in the communications industry and headquartered in St. Louis, MO, Arcadian Infracom is an internet infrastructure development, construction and operation company. Arcadian builds diverse, low-latency long-haul fiber routes connecting major data centers for its cloud and content customers, while providing a low-cost backhaul to digitally-locked rural and tribal communities for its telecommunications, cable, ISP and enterprise. Arcadian deliberately routes its fiber through remote rural and tribal communities to help bridge the digital divide in the United States.

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11 Songs by Popular Artists Who Were Written About (Or At Least Mention) Utah

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From its spectacular national parks to its friendly locals and breathtaking mountain scenery, there’s plenty to find inspiring in Utah. And for decades, singers and songwriters have done just that. Whether they drop the Beehive State name or dedicate an entire ballad to it, there’s Utah in the blood of these classic tunes.

“Salt Lake City” by The Beach Boys

So it’s not exactly Surf City, but it turns out the Beach Boys always had a soft spot for Utah, especially Salt Lake City and the surrounding area. And if you’re wondering what inspired the band’s love for the area, well, they’ll tell you right off the bat, “There’s the grooviest kids / That’s why we never get tired of Salt Lake .”

Released in 1965 and renamed in Utah favorites as Lagoon, this track just might be the quintessential Salt Lake City anthem.

“The Red Hills of Utah” by Marty Robbins

With five breathtaking national parks within the state’s borders, it’s no surprise singers find inspiration in Utah. In 1963, the cowboy crooner was well known for his Grammy-winning song “El Paso.” Hailing from West Glendale, Arizona, Robbins wrote a song about how “Utah’s red hills are calling me.” Whether it’s channeling Zion or Arches National Parks, or any other scarlet-hued landscape in the region, its homage to Beehive State is sure to be one most residents and visitors can relate to.

‘Utah Tribute’ by Chris LeDoux

A musical homage to Utah doesn’t get much more literal than this; and if you think Utah is a bit country at heart, well, Chris LeDoux would agree. Before a performance of the ballad, LeDoux said, “Well, I’ve been coming to Utah for many years and you’ve been really good to me, so I thought it was about time I wrote a song. for you.” The name of the 1988 song drops places like Terrace Ballroom and Symphony Hall, while LeDoux assures Beehive State that he “owes you more than you will ever know”.

‘Utah’ by The Osmonds

Any compilation of musical tributes to Utah just has to include The Osmonds, right? And the state’s most musical family came out of the park with nostalgic lyrics about what really matters in life, especially to Utahans. “Just give me my house, my girlfriend, my friends, my family / Give me time to rest my mind, then we’ll party / Utah, Utah is where I wanna be.” There’s no doubt that the band still gets a lot of “Amens” about it.

“Salt Lake City” from Bobby and the Midnites

It’s a nice name for a city – and a very popular name for a song. Another Salt Lake City track (perhaps the original?) came out in 1983, and whether you’re a resident or not, you’ll love the lyrics. “Salt Lake City, where it’s so easy to keep straight / Salt Lake City really makes Des Moines look second rate.” That’s pretty high praise – unless you’re from Des Moines, of course.

“The Promised Land” by Bruce Springsteen

Brigham Young and Bruce Springsteen might have a thing or two in common; for one thing, they both found something special in Utah. While Young said “this is the place”, Springsteen called it the promised land – at least in the song released as part of the singer’s 1978 album Darkness on the Edge of Town. The tune opens with the iconic line, “On a rattlesnake fast lane in the Utah desert / I get my money and I’m back to town.”

“Yin + Yang” by Adam Ant

Which Hive State Resident Can’t Identify With an opening line like “I have Utah dust in my boots?” And if you can, that’s great, because the rest of the song might sound a little opaque: “Call him Zen or call him Buddha/ Inner peace or heavy banana/ It’s just yin and yang. ” If you get lost, just hit repeat and come back to that great line on Utah.

“Ballad for a Friend” by Bob Dylan

Even before Dylan added the state name in the song (“Left him on a Utah road”), you probably know that tune from 1962 speaks of the state of the hive: “Where we ride in this north country / Lakes, streams and mines so free / I had no better friend than him.” If you’ve ever driven a Utah road or enjoyed the state’s lakes, streams, and mines, you’ll definitely appreciate Dylan’s tribute.

‘Brine Palace’ by the Pixies

If you’re a longtime resident of Utah, you’ll probably agree that the state offers “such sublime living.” The Pixies certainly thought so, with their 1991 Palace of the Brine referencing the “starry skies and mountains of Utah” and referencing the Great Salt Lake itself: “In a place they say is dead/ In the lake that looks like an ocean/I count about a billion heads.” According to SongMeaningsthe air might imply that the Saltair Resort is the real “Brine Palace”.

“Friend of the Devil” door Grateful Dead

This song from the 1970s is about an outlaw who meets the devil. He borrows $20 from Satan and “spends the night in Utah in a cave in the hills”. According to, the lyrics “follow the trail of an unnamed narrator at an unspecified time, on the run for unknown reasons, doing his best to stay one step ahead of various pursuers – a few wives, the sheriff, 20 dogs and the devil himself. He picks up from Reno, drives through the obscure California places of Chino and Cherokee, spends a night in a cave in Utah, and does his best to get home and get some sleep.” The song was popular with Deadheads and became a permanent installation during stage performances.

‘Great Salt Lake’ by Band of Horses

Full disclosure, this 2006 indie-rock favorite wasn’t actually written on Utah’s most famous body of water. But if you’re going to name a line like “Now if you find yourself falling apart / Well I’m sure I could steer / The great salt lake”, expect Beehive State s ‘gives some credence in the confusion. According to Streamer, the song was actually written about Lake Murray, a reservoir in frontman Benjamin Bridwell’s home state of South Carolina. But if you’re going by popular guesswork alone, consider this anthem dedicated to that stretch of salt water north of Interstate 80 and west of I-15.

Whether you’re road tripping through the Beehive State or just looking for a festive, nostalgic playlist, you can’t go wrong with these Utah-inspired songs.

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Who has the cheapest electricity rates in Texas?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine had a profound effect on energy prices around the world, but there were other factors at play when it came to electricity demand in the United States.

Take Texas, for example, where this weekend was pushing for record highs, about 15-20 degrees warmer than average for this time of year. “A warming trend will push temperatures well above normal with highs around 100 degrees possible,” the National Weather Service reported. What this does, clearly, is increase the demand for air conditioning which can potentially overload power lines, with the risk of causing a power outage when the safety circuit breakers trip.

That concern aside, the bigger picture for the summer months sees families looking for the cheapest prices.

At the time of writing, the average retail price for residential electricity in Texas is $0.12 per kilowatt hour (kWh). Comparison sites, however, can give you an edge and ensure you have some extra cash in your pocket after shopping. As Compare Power points out, “Choosing the wrong energy plan without knowing your home’s energy usage can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars.” Compare energy plans and electricity rates with your home’s electricity usage profile to find your best rate in Texas.

The website has a a regularly updated price list to meet your specific usage needs, along with an explanation of the different terms and plans that might work best for you. Just enter your postal code and see how to register.

Need electricity, the United States takes measures to cover electricity

U.S. officials on Tuesday announced unprecedented measures to raise water levels in Lake Powell, a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River that is so low it is endangering hydroelectric power generation in seven western states. Amid a prolonged drought exacerbated by climate change, the Bureau of Reclamation will release an additional 500,000 acre-feet (616.7 million cubic meters) of water this year from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream at the Wyoming-Utah border which will flow into Lake Powell. An additional 480,000 acre-feet that would otherwise have been released downstream will be held back in the man-made lake on the Utah-Arizona border, officials said.

“We’ve never taken this step before in the Colorado River Basin, but the conditions we see today and the potential risk we see on the horizon demand that we take quick action,” Tanya Trujillo, Secretary Interior Ministry deputy for water and science, told reporters. One acre-foot, or 326,000 gallons (1.48 million liters), is enough water to supply one or two households for a year.

Lake Powell’s additional 980,000 acre-feet, formed when the Colorado River was dammed in northern Arizona in the 1960s, will help keep Glen Canyon Dam’s hydroelectric output in line, increasing the record low area of the 16-foot (4.88-meter) tank, the office said.

If Lake Powell, America’s second-largest reservoir, were to drop an additional 32 feet, the 1,320-megawatt plant would be unable to generate power for millions of people in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Nebraska. The western United States experienced the driest period on record in the past two decades. Some experts say the term drought is inappropriate because it suggests conditions will return to normal.

“We will never see these reservoirs fill again in our lifetimes,” said Denielle Perry, a professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability at Northern Arizona University.

The new measures will put more pressure on Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, which is downstream of Lake Powell and also at an all-time high. Lake Mead, formed by the Hoover Dam in the 1930s and crucial to the water supply of 25 million people, has fell so low that a barrel containing human remains, believed to date from the 1980s, was found on the receding shore on Sunday.

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Illinois trucker found not guilty of sexually assaulting Salt Lake woman

A jury trial for John Redmond, an Illinois trucker charged with sexually assaulting a woman who worked as an escort in Salt Lake City was held this week at the Matheson Courthouse. The jury has determined that Redmond is not guilty and he will be released from prison. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — An Illinois trucker charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Salt Lake City is released from jail after a jury ruled Friday after a four-day trial that he was not guilty.

John Henry Redmond, 37, was charged in late 2019 with two counts of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of object rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping, all first-degree felonies and one count obstruction of justice, a second degree felony. The jury decided that Redmond was guilty of a lesser offense instead of aggravated kidnapping and convicted him of unlawful confinement, a class B misdemeanor.

The jury received the case Friday morning, after hearing closing arguments, and deliberated until around 8 p.m. At one point, they asked the court what would happen if they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict.

“Mr. Redmond has been in jail far longer than the maximum sentence for unlawful confinement,” 3rd District Judge Vernice Trease said.

She handed down a sentence, minutes after the verdict was read, of 180 days in jail and awarded Redmond the time he has already served. Trease said they would send a release order to the jail on Friday evening.

The accuser claims she met Redmond while working as an escort and was paid $200 for an hour of companionship, but refused any sexual advances when he offered her an additional $800 for sex. She said that after that he threatened her with a gun and sexually assaulted her.

The woman said during her testimony at the jury trial that she agreed to what he was doing because she was scared.

“I was scared…I didn’t want to die,” she said.

She explained that as an escort she only provided companionship and returned “tickles” but did not have sex with clients. After her interaction with Redmond, the woman said she left her escort position.

According to trial testimony, Redmond made a video of the woman where she said the actions were consensual, and walked her to her car. The woman later went to the hospital and told authorities she had been assaulted.

Redmond testified at the jury trial, answering questions from his attorneys and prosecutors. He and his lawyers denied having had a gun or using it to threaten the woman. For a brief part of the trial, Redmond decided to represent himself so he could claim that a video presented in evidence was fake, then asked his lawyers to represent him again.

Assistant District Attorney Brandon Simmons argued that even in the version of the story told by Redmond, he could be charged with sexual assault, meaning it was not a “he said against her” situation. said”. He told the jury that Redmond knew his actions could be considered sexual assault, but he acted anyway.

“His hour is $200, not his body,” Simmons said.

He argued that detectives not finding a gun does not mean a gun did not exist and that Redmond would have had time to hide a gun. He asked the jury to find Redmond guilty on all counts.

Katherine Conyers, one of Redmond’s attorneys, said in her closing arguments that escort agencies often feature provocative photos and give false information. She said escorts frequently provide “enhancements” to earn more money and the government is aware of this as they demand STD tests. for commercial licenses.

She said the escort agency was hiding information, but Redmond was not, he was open about what he was looking for and gave the woman accurate information.

Conyers pointed to inconsistencies between the story the accuser told different police officers and inconsistencies in her trial testimony. She told the jury that the woman was threatening to report him if he didn’t pay the $800 he had promised.

“It’s all about the money,” Conyers said. She said Redmond not paying “wasn’t right, but it’s not rape.”

She told the jury that Redmond was guilty of unlawful confinement, for forcing the woman to stay and making a video when she wanted to leave, but that he was not guilty of aggravated kidnapping or sexual assault. . The jury agreed with Conyers after reviewing the evidence.

Emily Ashcraft joined as a reporter in 2021. She covers court and legal affairs, as well as health, faith and religion news.

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Breeze Airways launches 5 destinations from Provo/Salt Lake City

Breeze Airways announced a new selection of routes to Provo, Utah on the same day Provo Airport officially unveiled its new $55 million terminal. The carrier will offer daily service to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Bernadino, San Francisco and Westchester.

Breeze Airways arrives in Provo

Breeze Airways will launch five daily routes from Provo Municipal Airport (PVU), with its first flights beginning August 4. The Utah-based airline will base four aircraft in Provo and serve East Coast and West Coast destinations.

The new destinations are:

  • Las Vegas, NV – Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) – October 5.
  • Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – November 2.
  • San Bernardino, CA – San Bernardino International Airport (SBD) – August 4.
  • San Francisco, CA – San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – August 4.
  • Westchester / White Plains, NY – Westchester County Airport (HPN) – October 5.

The airline’s flights between Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco will be nonstop, while San Bernardino and Westchester will be one-stop “BreezeThru” flights. BreezeThru flights involve a quick stop at an airport where passengers will stay on the same plane.

The airline will offer daily flights on all routes. Photo: Breeze Airways

David Neeleman, Founder and CEO of Breeze Airways, said:

“That’s been the question on everyone’s lips since we opened our offices in Cottonwood Heights – when are you leaving Utah? We’re excited to continue growing and hiring from here, and now flying from here. The airport will provide our customers with a quick and easy way to get to both coasts.”

Breeze will deploy its Airbus A220 fleet on flights to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, while its Embraer E190 jets will serve San Francisco. Flights from San Bernadino will pass through San Francisco, while flights from Westchester will pass through Las Vegas.

One-way fares will start at $29 for Las Vegas, $39 for Los Angeles and San Francisco, $49 for San Bernadino and $89 for Westchester.

New terminal at Provo Airport

Provo Municipal Airport began construction on a new $55 million terminal in 2019 and officially unveiled its new facility on Friday.

Lukas Johnson, Commercial Director of Breeze Airways, said:

“It’s a beautiful building and the city and the whole region have done a great job supporting this service.”

The state-of-the-art 75,000 square foot terminal currently features four gates with the option to expand to 10 gates.

Neeleman added,

“We’re a Utah-based operation, and it’s really great to be able to expand service here. Hats off to Mayor Kaufusi for having the foresight to build the new terminal. We couldn’t have gone there without the new investment.”

Competition for Allegiant Air

Breeze Airways will compete with Provo mainstay Allegiant Air, which will also serve Las Vegas and Los Angeles. A few weeks ago, Allegiant Air announced that it would base four planes in Provo starting in November as part of a new $95 million base.

Allegiant Air announced four new routes from Provo airport on Friday. Photo: Getty Images

The carrier has been active in Provo for nearly a decade and is currently the only scheduled carrier serving the airport. Allegiant unveiled four new Provo destinations on Friday, including Las Vegas, San Diego and Portland.

Are you happy to see Breeze Airways at Provo airport? What flight do you have your eye on? Let us know in the comments.

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Kid Rock’s former Detroit mansion sells for over $2 million

Amy Trahey thinks some people might want to poke around her new home – a former home of musician Kid Rock, who appears to have left without even cleaning out the fridge first.

“There’s salt, pepper and alcohol everywhere,” Trahey said. Kid Rock had a Jim Beam bourbon partnership and left “a fridge full of stuff,” Trahey said, along with massive amounts of his Badass beer.

He wasn’t the most recent owner of the Detroit River home, which Trahey bought for $2.03 million, but the previous owner also left the house furnished as it was. Crain’s previously reported that it was purchased in August 2019 for $2.2 million by Detroit Boathouse LLC, which is registered in the name of Kevin Washburn in Grosse Pointe and has given a $1.83 million mortgage to the Dwight W. Edwards Living Trust as of August 2020, according to Wayne County Land Records.

Kid Rock bought the house under his birth name, Robert Ritchie, in January 2012, The Detroit News reported. Public records list the purchase price at $300,000.

It has been marketed as a corporate retreat, and Trahey believes that while she will use it as a summer residence, there may also be income to be had from the property. She plans to hold philanthropic events there, as well as other events.

“I can only organize organized events for fans,” she said. “I think they would like to sniff the sheets.”

Matt O’Laughlin, a Max Broock Detroit real estate agent who sold the property to Trahey, said it was like “Kid Rock grabbed his underwear and his shirts and just blew away.”

As for the furniture, “it’s still very Kid Rock”.

This includes photos and album covers from his career, as well as a dining room table personalized with an eagle and “American Badass”, gold-plated signs near the toilet imploring people to only flush tissues and the monogrammed pillows on the bed.

“It’s a fun and interesting house,” O’Laughlin said.

Trahey said she wasn’t a Kid Rock ‘superfan’, but her late husband took her to a show for her 40th birthday ten years ago and it was like a sign on the way. to move forward after his death last summer.

“It was the best, best night,” she said. “I think Brian is telling me to do this.”

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Guest Comment: Affordable Housing — We Need to Do More | News, Sports, Jobs

Utah’s housing market is currently suffering from a severe imbalance of record price spikes and an unprecedented shortage of housing units. The housing crisis is particularly acute for renters, where available apartments are hard to come by. For tenants who are lucky enough to find rental accommodation, they can anticipate regular and substantial rent increases.

Tenants in general, and particularly the lowest income tenants, have borne the brunt of the economic impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the biggest challenges for low-income individuals and families is the shortage of affordable housing. Nationally, 24% of renters spend more than half their income on rent, leaving very little money for necessary expenses like transportation, food and medical care.

There is a massive shortage of affordable housing in Utah. According to the State’s Affordable Housing Report, released in 2020, there is currently a shortage of 40,725 affordable housing units in Utah. In March 2020, the National Low Income Housing Coalition estimated that Utah had only 31 affordable housing units for every 100 very low-income renter households.

The term “affordable housing” can be a misnomer for many people. At first glance, some think the dilapidated, downtown, concrete, bunker-like “projects” are affordable housing. These same people might be surprised to learn that the American Institute of Architects annually awards design prizes for cutting-edge affordable housing projects. Likewise, the data supports the fact that affordable housing does not negatively impact the value of surrounding homes.

The term “affordable housing” covers a wide range of household and individual incomes. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a “very low income” is a four-person household whose income is less than 50% of the area’s median family income. In Weber County, for example, this would equal $35,637 in annual gross income for an individual. To put that number into perspective, starting salaries for teachers in Weber County aren’t much higher.

The LIHTC (Low-Income Housing Tax Credit) program is the most important resource for creating affordable housing in the United States today. Created by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the LIHTC program provides state and local LIHTC awarding agencies the equivalent of approximately $8 billion in annual budget authority to issue tax credits for the acquisition, rehabilitation or construction of rental housing for low-income people. households.

Besides the altruistic benefits of LIHTC, the economic and fiscal benefits of this affordable housing program are enormous. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the LIHTC program has generated $310 billion in local revenue and $122 billion in tax revenue and supported approximately 3.25 million jobs over the past 30 years. In Utah, the economic impact generated by affordable housing is equally impressive.

Our development team has just completed a 105-unit affordable housing project in Ogden, dedicated to people aged 62 and over. The development of this project has supported 187 jobs, created an economic impact of $34,168,631 on the state and local economy, and is expected to have an annual impact of $1,400,000 on local tax revenue. More importantly, the demand from potential tenants has been amazing. Most Weber County affordable housing projects have a two to three year waiting list for potential tenants, and very few affordable housing projects are seniors only.

The private sector, community leaders, elected officials and city staff must do more to meet the unprecedented demand for affordable housing in Utah. Zoning restrictions, expensive permits and fees, and general attitudes about affordable housing need to be reviewed. If we want our teachers, police, firefighters, college graduates, and seniors to have safe, clean, and affordable housing, we all need to prioritize how best to achieve that goal.

Bill Knowlton is a fourth generation real estate professional in Utah. He is a real estate lawyer and developer, with a focus on affordable housing.


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Grant to help obtain health care in rural Tioga and Broome counties

South Central New York’s Rural Health Network is getting a financial boost to address health care gaps in rural and underserved communities.

The program receives a three-year, $160,000 health improvement grant for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield members and community.

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According to a press release from the Rural Health Network, primary care patients in Broome and Tioga County served by Ascension Lourdes will benefit from the funding to be used in the UR Essential program.

Staff will develop personalized self-care coaching and can direct patients to the appropriate services to meet their specific needs. The effort also includes assistance with transportation, nutrition and education.

Officials say the population covered by “UR Essential” includes residents aged 18 to 64 who live in Broome and Tioga counties, do not receive Medicaid, have identified gaps in care related to conditions such as diabetes and underutilization of primary care services.

The South Central New York, Inc. Rural Health Network coverage area includes Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins counties.

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Salt Lake City mayor and safety officials call for smarter driving

From right are Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras and Salt Lake City Police Lt. Scott Smalley. Photo: Erin Mendenhall/Twitter

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 5, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — If it looks like pedestrian fatalities are on the rise, “it’s because they are,” the mayor said Thursday. of Salt Lake City, Erin Mendenhall, at a press conference.

“And not just in Salt Lake City, it’s across the state of Utah.”

Mendenhall said that in 2019 and 2020, the city had one vehicular pedestrian fatality as of May 4, and had three on the same date in 2021.

“We are already at nine in 2022,” she said. “That’s nine too many. As we discuss what we can do to make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists, it is important to state that not all accidents are the same.

Mendenhall said car-pedestrian or car-bike collisions tend to fall into three categories:

  • Those involving an impaired driver
  • Those with distracted drivers
  • Those involving careless pedestrians crossing against the light or between intersections

“The challenge we face in each of these cases is complex, and so must our approach. Everyone deserves to be able to walk or ride a bike in any city or neighborhood and enjoy the community without fear of being killed or injured by a moving vehicle.

“Salt Lake City, like cities across this country, has long been a vehicle-centric city. But as we grow and our population density increases as more pedestrians choose to walk or cycle through our neighborhoods to get where they need to go, we must evolve. We must prioritize the safety of our pedestrians. We also need to better understand what is happening.

Mendenhall said she has invested $2 million for traffic calming projects in her proposed budget, which she hopes the city council will approve.

“Today I am announcing two actions the city has taken to make Salt Lake City safer for pedestrians and cyclists,” she said. “First, Salt Lake City will become the first city in Utah to partner with the UDOT Zero Fatality educational program, which focuses on preventing drowsiness, distraction and impaired driving. … We want Salt Lake City to be a leader in combating these disturbing trends.

Second, “Salt Lake City will create a new street safety task force,” Mendenhall said. “This is a cross-departmental effort within the city government that will bring our police department into cooperation with our transportation division, and they will identify the most critical areas of our city where intervention may be needed to help us prevent future accidents and injuries. and dead.

The task force will look at traffic patterns, accident trends and areas that might need more pedestrian signals or warning lights, she said.

“This dataset will then inform recommendations for the city’s immediate actions and our long-term policies,” Mendenhall said.

“We are not going to be passive, passive observers and a trend that right now is taking the lives of our residents. It just can’t go on. … Each of us has a responsibility to commit ourselves every time we drive to the safety of those around us.

Mendenhall asked listeners to pledge now not to drive while intoxicated and not to look at cell phones while driving.

“The lives of children, mothers, fathers, so many loved ones depend on each of us and the decisions we make while behind the wheel.”

Carlos Braceras, executive director of the Utah Transit Authority, said the series of recent crashes, killing a 13-year-old cyclist, two 3-year-old boys, a 5-year-old girl, a pregnant mother, a 49-year-old cyclist ‘one year, among others, were all preventable.

“When you look at what we see happening with the deaths in the state, we have a problem. We are talking specifically about pedestrians and cyclists, but the problem is even more widespread. As of yesterday, we have had 105 deaths this year statewide.

On May 4, 2021, the total was 86. The previous year, the number was 67, he said.

“This trend that we’ve seen over the past two years isn’t unique to Utah,” Braceras said. “We see this happening all over the country. And when it comes to pedestrians here in Utah. We are almost double what we were last year. … We need to care more about each other as people. And I know we’ve all been through a lot in the past two years. People seem to be more angry or frustrated. There seems to be more unknown in our lives. But whatever else is going on in your life, I asked you to do one thing. These issues in the back before getting behind the wheel of the car and concentrating on the road ahead.

Maj. Jeff Nigbur, Utah Highway Patrol, said he was happy to partner with Salt Lake City on Zero Fatality.

“We have to do it as a team and that includes the public very, very well,” said Nigbur. “We have already rediscovered the tragic stories of individuals making poor decisions while driving and the outcome of different life backgrounds.”

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🌱 Abortion Subsidy SLC’s New Amazon + Cupbop Benefit on Shark Tank

Hello, neighbors! Joseph Peterson here with today’s issue of the Salt Lake City Daily.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Sunny, pleasant and warmer. High: 77 Low: 56.

Here are the top five stories in Salt Lake City today:

  1. Downtown Salt Lake Foodies Will Know Cupbop from when it was the noisy food truck shouting your spicy level preference loud enough for everyone on the street to hear it became the Korean food sensation that expanded to brick and brick mortar all over the Wasatch front. But it was the rest of the country that got a taste of the runaway food chain when its founders went on Shark Tank and courted every investor to make them an offer. (
  2. Shortly after 5 a.m. on Tuesday, hundreds of Utahns marched from the Capitol to offices in Salt Lake City in support of abortion rights. In response to the Supreme Court leak that explained the majority’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade, Salt Lake protesters took to the streets chanting “Church and State separate” with the more recognizable refrain of “My body, my choice.” The protest was part of a national response organized by the Women’s March. (Gephardt Daily)
  3. Following news of the Supreme Court’s leaked opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade — for whom Utah has a trigger law — Amazon has announced a new travel expense benefit and up to $4,000 for any of its employees who need a medical procedure they can’t get within 100 miles of their home.. While that could mean a number of treatments, for Utahns who work at Amazon, it would also mean abortion, should it become illegal in the state. (2 KUTVs)

Today in Salt Lake City:

  • With special expertise and care, the Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings have been reproduced in a truly unique way using licensed high definition photos. This is Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: the exhibition, at the front door. (11:00)
  • Join NYT bestselling author Shannon Hale for a reading and discussion of her two new children’s picture books, Pretty Perfect Kitty-Corn & This book is not for you! Today at the King’s English Bookshop. (6:00 p.m.)
  • Live at Eccles Presents Who lives anyway? tonight at the Eccles Theater on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City. Check out the current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show Who does it belong to anyway? in their new improv tour. (20:00)

From my notebook:

  • “Salt Lake City is still hiring for YouthCity Positions! – Do you want to help young people in the community? Apply for YouthCity PAID open positions! YouthCity promotes positive youth development in Salt Lake City.” (Salt Lake City Civic Engagement Team)
  • We’re hiring a Love Your Block Fellow! the The Love Your Block program will award mini-grants to residents and community partners who apply to implement improvement projects around Bend in the River and Modesto Park in Glendale. As a Fellow, you will play a key role in supporting the program planning process and connecting with community members. (Salt Lake City Public Lands)
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month. A mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feelings or mood. Such conditions can affect a person’s ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis. But remember, you are not alone. We’ll be sharing resources, information, and practices throughout the month to help you do your best and tackle it one day at a time. It’s good to ask for help. Stay tuned! National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 (Salt Lake County Health Department)
  • Do you have an animal-loving mother who deserves a special Mother’s Day surprise? Fancy a nature-themed gift for yourself? Join us for our Wild Blooms class on May 7 from 6-8:30 p.m. where you’ll make an animal-themed flower arrangement! Class fees include flowers, vase and craft supplies. Masks are mandatory. Hurry! Places are very limited! (The Hogle Utah Zoo)

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Joseph Peterson

About me: Joseph is a writer and marketing communications strategist with a degree in mass communications and public relations from the University of Utah. He enjoys city life, public libraries, national parks and promoting events that strengthen the community.

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Lithium rush: High time to buy Livent stock (NYSE:LTHM)

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Investment thesis

Lithium is one of the “green” metals along with copper, nickel and cobalt, a leader in the global electrification of transport. The global lithium supply was unprepared for the dramatic ramp-up in electric vehicle production in China and the EU, which led to record increases in the price of lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide. We believe the lithium market balance will soon turn into a deficit and keep the price of the material near local highs. Commodity producers, notably Livent (NYSE: LTHM), will benefit from it.

The main lithium reserves are located in South America

Lithium is mined from two sources: lithium brine (salt lakes with low lithium content) and lithium pegmatite (solid ore).

Diagram of lithium recovery from ore
Scheme for the recovery of lithium from salt

Source: Interpretation by Invest Heroes

Most lithium recovery from brine is concentrated in the region of the “Lithium Triangle” – Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. Additionally, China has also recently made a leap forward in the recovery of lithium from salt lakes. The development of lithium pegmatites is still carried out mainly in Australia. The United States is not wealthy in terms of lithium recovery.

Meanwhile, the main suppliers of raw materials for production (lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide) are Australia, Chile, China and Argentina.

Distribution of supply by country, %

Source: SQM

About 60% of the world’s lithium reserves are located in areas bounded by intergranular brines of dried (alkaline) sodium lakes (salars). Chile leads in terms of reserves and South America accounts for more than half of the world’s resources.

Reserves of lithium in the form of metal by country, tons

Source: SQM

Lithium is not just about green energy

Due to the strong electrification of transport in China and the production of lithium-ion batteries in South Korea and Japan, Asia is the main consumer of the raw materials produced. However, the by-products of lithium mining are not only used for the production of lithium-ion batteries, but also in “traditional industry”.

Import of lithium, breakdown by country

Source: S&P Global

Import of lithium, breakdown by industries, %

Source: SQM

A shortage is likely to occur in the near future

According to research firm Argus, lithium carbonate prices reached $62,500 per metric ton on March 29, while the price of lithium hydroxide topped $67,000 per ton.

Lithium price

Source: Argus

The continued strong increase in lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide prices in early 2022, which followed an earlier peak in September and October 2021, was driven by rising electric vehicle sales in China and Europe . Sales of new energy vehicles in China and the EU have increased to account for 10% of total global sales of new energy cars, representing a bullish scenario for EV penetration.

Global sales and market share of electric cars sales, 2010-2021

Source: EIA

As the adaptation to electric vehicles accelerates sharply, the demand for batteries will also increase, which will generate more than 5 times the demand for lithium as early as 2030 compared to 2021.

Metals Demand for lithium-ion batteries

Source: Green Car Congress, BNEF

After analyzing different sources (some of them 1 and 2), we believe that due to the current limited introduction of new lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate production capacities (for example, it takes up to ‘to 12 to 24 months to extract lithium salts from lithium brine), there will be a shortage of materials in the short term (2022-2023). However, additional capacity will be commissioned later in the lithium triangle (Argentina, Chile and Bolivia) as the development of intercrystalline brine sites will begin after 2023. Livent, for example, will launch additional production capacity of carbonate lithium in Argentina by the end of 2023. , increasing this capacity to 60,000 tons by 2025.

Lithium power supply

Source: Bloomberg

The lithium market could reach a surplus before 2024

However, the lithium market could become surplus before the end of 2024 if the excess demand disappears. This could happen as the prices of the main materials used in the production of batteries – nickel, copper, cobalt and lithium in the class of batteries composed of lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese (NCM) and lithium, iron and phosphate (LFP) ) – have increased significantly in 2021 amid strong demand and due to fears in early 2022 that the shortage of raw materials could worsen due to the increasing number of conflicts in the world. The increase in production costs will certainly pass on to the consumer, reducing the demand for cars and, therefore, for metals.

Component prices, %

Source: Investment

Manufacturers of electric vehicles are already raising prices. For example, Tesla in March raised the prices of some cars by 5-10%, as did Li Auto. To compound the effect of rising prices, some governments are getting rid of subsidies for EV purchases. For example, China will reduce subsidies by 30% by the end of 2022, as the target of new energy car sales accounting for 20% of total car sales was met 3 years ahead of schedule.


Our leader among all lithium producers is Livent. Livent produces lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide, from which a large number of lithium compounds are extracted. In addition to its own production, Livent resells raw materials to third parties and obtains lithium compounds from brines. This method is one of the most profitable. Livent’s lithium production cost is one of the lowest in the industry.

Livent will benefit from high lithium prices in the short term, as it will soon bring its new deposits into service. The company plans to increase its lithium carbonate production by 100% to 40,000 tpa by the end of 2023 following the planned commissioning of the plant in Argentina in 2023, and to 60,000 tpa from 2025.

Production capacity of lithium carbonate, ths tons

Source: Company Data

Additionally, by the end of the third quarter of 2022, Livent will increase its lithium hydroxide production to 30,000 tonnes per year through its Bessemer City facility.

Lithium hydroxide production capacity, thsd.  metric tons

Source: Company Data

Due to high lithium contract prices, the company’s 2022 EBITDA will increase 267% year-on-year to $181 million.

EBITDA history and our projections

Factors that will influence the rise in value of securities over the next 12 months:

  • Selling prices of lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate still high due to global shortage of raw materials;
  • Increased operating performance.

We estimate the fair value of Livent shares at $32.3 per share. BUY note.

Livent Valuation by Invest Heroes


  • Faster exit from the surplus lithium market due to lower demand for new energy vehicles;
  • Acceleration of supply growth thanks to the commissioning of deposits in the “lithium triangle” region.


We are confident that with the rapid adoption of electric vehicles in China, the United States and Europe, the world will face a new era of lithium rush that can overcome the gold rush due to extreme shortages. of lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide in the years to come. Additionally, we are seeing lithium producers begin to revalue long-term contracts at greater than expected rates due to extreme spot price increases. Lithium producers will benefit from the trend, they are already commissioning new capacities and we believe that Livent is the clear winner.

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2nd Utah Starbucks employees announce plans to unionize

Employees at a second Starbucks store in Utah announced plans to unionize on Monday morning, adding the store to a list of stores in the giant coffee chain trying to do so. (Associated Press)

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SALT LAKE CITY — As Kat Howard watched several Starbucks stores in Buffalo, New York, unionize and become the first workers at the giant coffeehouse chain to do so, it seemed like a remote possibility for any Starbucks store in the city. ‘Utah.

But what seemed like a distant move came suddenly on March 31 when workers at the Starbucks store in Cottonwood Heights announced their intention to unionize. The announcement was one of many labor movements sweeping the United States — but for Utah service workers, it signaled a change.

“We were a little shy to try in Utah, just because of the conservative environment, but once the Cottonwood Heights store unionized, we decided it was time to organize our store,” said said Luke Laro, barista at Starbucks on 400 East and 400 South in Salt Lake City.

“I really think that was just a catalyst for us,” Howard added.

A large majority of employees signed union permission cards in support of the effort, in a 25-to-1 vote. The store’s intention to unionize was announced Monday with a letter to Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, signed by employees.

“We were on the front lines every day of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the employee letter read. “We put our health and maybe even our lives on the line for a company that, quite frankly, didn’t care. We weren’t properly briefed on exhibits and were rushed to work in order to maximize profits instead of aiming to keep everyone safe Starbucks used this stressful time to its advantage and played the role of a socially conscious company, while exploiting its employees and sending mixed signals about what they really cared about.

Among complaints of operation during the COVID-19 pandemic, baristas cited the need for better wages, more stable hours, and access to better health care.

“We believe that the current system of corporate executives changing our policies and benefits lacks partner representation. We believe we have valuable input and we want our voices heard and we believe we must,” Laro said.

Howard and Laro both pointed to an increase in profits, but said only the company’s senior executives see the benefits. An executive-level employee received a 60% increase in his base salary from $500,000 to $800,000 in 2021 after a promotion, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission financial filing.

“I need a salary that can help me fund my college education and keep me afloat in this economy with all this inflation. I think the fact that they didn’t give us a raise – our salary is $12 an hour in downtown Salt Lake City – is incredibly unfair. It’s basically poverty wages,” Laro said. “Personally, I want a higher wage so I can pay rent , grocery shopping and funding my education.”

As Starbucks stores across the United States have begun to attempt to unionize, the company said it is “listening and learning from partners in these stores.”

The history of unionization – and what’s to come

Views on the legality and membership of unions have changed along with labor practices over the centuries. Unions date back to the early 1800s and around the 1870s, particularly in Utah.

“Originally, unions were considered a criminal conspiracy and it was illegal to join a union,” said Peter Philips, professor of labor economics at the University of Utah.

Times began to change during the Great Depression, with unemployment reaching 25%.

“It caused considerable labor unrest because the employers at the time, because they felt pressured by falling prices, lowered wages, and when they lowered wages, that meant that for the 3 out of 4 workers who still had a job, their jobs were paying them less and less,” Philips said.

The unrest led to the passage of the National Labor Relations Act, which encouraged employers and employees to engage in collective bargaining. This law became the fundamental law that governs unions and employers and the negotiations between them that we still see today.

Unions and strikes have had their ups and downs, and so has the economy over the years. Recent economic events have created a catalyst for the current rise in unionization.

“After the downturn of the Great Recession, workers, especially in the service sector, began to feel that they could not do their jobs and live off them and so what we are seeing now, especially in a period of very low unemployment, is an upsurge in unionization,” Philips said.

Union membership is steadily declining. Union membership was once common with 1 in 3 workers belonging to a union – now that number is 1 in 12.

But membership could see an uptick as labor unrest amid increased inflation and the COVID-19 pandemic boiled over. While social unrest didn’t start with the coronavirus, the pandemic has shed light on growing worker frustration.

“Membership numbers are not only low, but have been declining for decades,” Philips said. “Now that might change. And one of the reasons that might change is because you can only push people so far.”

Employees at the Salt Lake City store remain optimistic.

“I feel like working class struggle, organizing is something that even people on both sides of the political spectrum can sometimes agree on,” Howard said. “It’s important to let people know that it’s okay to realize that you deserve more. You deserve to be treated better than you are. And it’s okay to express that.”

What challenges do employees and the company face?

The road to unionization is not easy. Philips highlighted some challenges that employees might face in their attempt:

1. Representative election organized by the National Labor Relations Council

The election may be difficult to win for several reasons, Philips said. These reasons include access to workers when employers may not allow election campaigning in the workplace or may punish those who promote unionization. Although it is illegal to punish those who promote unionization, it still happens.

“Even if in the long run that person appeals to the National Labor Relations Board (who) say they were fired for a pretext and they are actually fired for encouraging a union campaign – that often happens though too late when the union campaign has run out of steam or become discouraged,” said Philips.

2. High turnover in the service sector

“There is high turnover in service sector jobs and if you have a union campaign that, say, lasts six months, the people you talk to at the start of that campaign may not yet be employed by the employer. at the end of this campaign,” Philips said. “The voting population is that which is employed at the time the National Labor Relations Board holds an election.”

Even if the election is successful on behalf of the union, it can be difficult to get a contract.

All things considered, the nature of Starbucks as a company can help workers when they try to unionize.

“These are national companies and they have to worry about their reputation, not just in Salt Lake City, but in New York. Not just in Utah, but in Washington State and, therefore, they are not going to not ride the anti-union movement quite as hard as perhaps a local business that strongly embraces local conservatism,” Philips said.

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How Utah leaders are reacting to reports the Supreme Court may overturn Roe

Leaders are reacting to reports that abortion law could take a monumental turn in the states.

(Tom Williams | Pool) Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, holds a copy of the Constitution while questioning witnesses during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to review Texas abortion law, Wednesday, 29 September 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Monday, May 2, 2022, Lee called it “bittersweet” that a leaked majority draft opinion showed the Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade.

Nearly half a century after the landmark Roe v. Wade, who protected constitutional abortion rights, the U.S. Supreme Court, with a 6-3 majority of Republican-appointed justices, appears poised to overturn that 1973 ruling.

According to Politico reporting Monday night, Judge Samuel Alito wrote a majority opinion that says “Roe was horribly wrong all along.” The draft notice had been circulated inside the court and leaked to Politico.

“It is time to respect the Constitution and return the question of abortion to the elected officials of the people”, wrote the justice, seeming to want to make the federal right to abortion a question of rights of the States.

The High Court’s draft opinion, which would strike down Roe, prompted Utah politicians to start reacting to the news.

“The Supreme Court is not like other branches of government; it is not a political body,” Utah Sen. Mike Lee tweeted, before going on to call the Supreme Court leak “dangerous, despicable and damaging.”

“I hope and pray,” the Republican senator added, “that what appears to be Judge Alito’s well-written and well-reasoned draft in fact reflects the majority opinion of the Court.”

On Fox News Monday night, Lee, who worked for Alito before the judge was appointed to the Supreme Court, called the news of the leak “bittersweet.” Sweet, Lee told Fox News, because the “babies” would be protected by law, and bitter “because the way it was leaked.”

“I am saddened that his (Alito’s) work was published without permission prior to its release, specifically for the purpose of threatening, intimidating and harassing judges inclined to follow what appears to be the majority opinion .”

Last summer, Lee joined Republican Senators Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas in sending a “friend of the court” brief to the Supreme Court, urging the body to reconsider national abortion rights. .

Ally Isom, one of two Republicans trying to unseat Lee in a primary, said the leaked opinion shows the landscape appears to be changing.

“Although this is a complicated question for women, and there are exceptions,” Isom wrote on Twitter“I choose to err on the side of life and states.”

Utah Senator Mitt Romney said he supports the Supreme Court’s decision whether the leaked project actually reflects the opinion.

“The sanctity of human life is a fundamental American principle,” Romney, also a Republican, wrote on Twitter. He added that the leak “should be thoroughly investigated and those responsible should be punished”.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox and Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson said in a joint statement that while they “are encouraged and optimistic that abortion law may be left to duly elected state officials, the draft rulings are not real rulings and the leaked drafts are a dangerous violation of the court protocol and deliberations.

In 2020, the Utah Legislature passed SB174, a trigger law that would ban elective abortions in Utah if Roe is overturned.

“We look forward to the actual court decision in this case,” Henderson and Cox tweeted.

Utah Senate President Stuart Adams wrote on social media that “life is worth protecting”.

“I am pleased that the Supreme Court is finally addressing this long overdue issue and respecting the right of states to regulate abortion,” added Adams, R-Layton. “Although the report is preliminary, I hope that with the official decision, lives will be protected.”

Derek Kitchen, one of six Utah Senate Democrats, called the idea of ​​taking down Roe “a terrible setback for all Americans.”

“No universal health care. No affordable daycare,” the Salt Lake City Democrat tweeted. “Now no reproductive freedom. Our fundamental freedoms are under attack.

This story is developing and will be updated throughout the day.

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Salt Lake City Starbucks employees plan to unionize

SALT LAKE CITY — Employees at a Starbucks store in downtown Salt Lake City have officially announced they want to unionize, making it the second in the state and part of the growing trend of stores across the country to do so.

About a month earlier, employees at a Starbucks in Cottonwood Heights announced their intention to form a union.

“We feel more like we’re working with these people who get big raises from the work that we actually do,” said Kat Howard, a barista who supports unionization.

“I think there are a lot of people who feel that way,” added shift manager Kit Grob. “I think the pandemic has been a great catalyst for the working class. People who were told we were essential workers every day are stretched and at the end of our ropes.”

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While the announcement came on Monday, those at the store say they have already received support.

“We were standing here earlier holding signs, and so many people walked by,” Grob said. “We’ve heard people say it’s time, we’ve heard people ask me how it can be done in their workplace.”

The store is located right in the heart of downtown at 400 East and 400 South, which workers hope sends a message.

“We draw people from all over to this Starbucks because it’s close to the airport, like people are getting off TRAX with their suitcases and walking in,” Howard said.

“I think other Starbucks workers in Salt Lake City will see us unionize and be inspired to join the movement,” Grob added.

In a letter emailed early Monday morning to Starbucks headquarters, along with new CEO Howard Schultzstore employees wrote:

“We were on the front line every day of the Covid-19 pandemic. We put our health and maybe even our lives on the line for a company that, quite frankly, didn’t care. We weren’t properly informed of the exhibits and were rushed to work in order to maximize profits instead of aiming to keep everyone safe. Starbucks used this stressful time to its advantage and played the role of a socially conscious company while exploiting its employees and sending mixed signals about what really cared about them.

Workers who spoke with FOX 13 News had additional complaints.

“The communication going on right now, it’s just generating a lot of empty promises,” Howard said. “They work with people they rely on, like single mothers and people like that who work with us, and we care about those people, and so we want to increase the benefits – even if it won’t just affect us. “

They also hope it will inspire others outside the company to take action.

“I like to think about the kind of ripple this is going to send to Salt Lake City and Utah,” Grob said.

The store has yet to formalize unionization by putting it to a vote, and they will also hold a rally to gather support on Friday at noon.

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Salt Lake County is the future of travel

Sponsored: National Travel & Tourism Week 2022 (May 1-7) shines a light on the collective strength of the travel industry in the United States.

(Austen Diamond Photography) | Summer in Cottonwood Canyon.

Visit Salt Lake is responsible for promoting Salt Lake as a convention and travel destination. We are passionate about our county and our work to tell travelers why they should come. One of our main missions is to stimulate demand for overnight stays with our accommodation partners by inviting visitors to become part of our community. It’s an easy task when we’re excited about the endless amenities Salt Lake County has to offer.

Celebrated each year during the first week of May, this year’s National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW) gives us more reason than ever to celebrate the collective strength and bright future of the travel industry and of Utah Tourism. For the 39th annual NTTW, we are encouraging the future of travel, just as we do for all athletes and Olympians who come to stay and play in Salt Lake County.

(Austen Diamond Photography) | Mountain biking at Cottonwood Canyon.

Before the pandemic in 2019, Salt Lake County’s travel industry was a powerful economic engine, supporting jobs and boosting local economies in every neighborhood. The trips generated $4.62 billion in economic output and supported 48,000 jobs in the county.

“Despite the upheaval and unpredictability of the past two years, Visit Salt Lake is planning for a future that will strengthen Salt Lake County’s tourism industry and economy,” said Kaitlin Eskelson, President and CEO of Visit. Salt Lake. 2021, we launched a new ‘West of Conventional’ brand initiative, invested in helping our hospitality businesses rebuild their workforces with the launch of the Hospitality Career Portal on our website and supported our local economies with increased demand for groups overnight for sporting events, meetings and conferences – including the return of outdoor retailers to Salt Lake County in 2023.”

As part of our new “West of Conventional” brand, we are working diligently to build a stronger, more resilient and more relevant visitor economy…for everyone. Here, where traditional perspectives mingle with progressive ideas, the Salt Lake County hospitality industry is exploring opportunities to strengthen the hospitality workforce to serve our residents and visitors. Hospitality professionals also work to ensure the prosperity of our communities and our outdoor recreation facilities, introducing new innovations to support our “bit wild, bit sedentary” way of life, while reconnecting with visitors from around the world for years to come.

While the industry has been hit hard by the challenges of the past two years, we are recovering and positioning our industry for growth and resilience. There is great optimism among travelers to get back on the road and we want Salt Lake County’s urban core and spacious mountains to be a retreat for all.

(Austen Diamond Photography) | Photography in action at the Great Salt Lake.

Natural resources and landscaping bring visitors to our beautiful state. As proud as we are of our state and national monuments down south, here in Salt Lake County, we’d be remiss not to recognize our beautiful outdoor playground that the Wasatch Front affords us. From our snowy winters rivaled by sunny, trail-lined summers, Salt Lake County’s travel and tourism industry contributes so much to our local economy and community spirit.

“Visitors who contribute to Salt Lake County’s overnight economy contribute to Transient Room Tax revenue, which, in part, supports the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant. The Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant was established in 2017, hosted by the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation established in 2013, the first such office in the nation. The grant program is dedicated to funding projects aimed at improving outdoor recreation related to the visitor economy,” said Natalie Randall, Utah Tourism Industry Association. “In 2021, Visitors helped fund projects worth more than $950,000 in Salt Lake County for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. Projects include Jordan River Parkway – Millcreek Extension, Parleys Trail – 900 West to Jordan River Parkway Trail, Juniper Canyon Recreation Area Phase One, Wasatch Boulevard Shared Trail and nature park, non-motorized regional trails in Yellow Fork and Butterfield Canyons, California Avenue Rowing Center, the Rose Park Pump Track, and more.

Proud of the positive impact our visitor economy has had on Salt Lake County, Visit Salt Lake and our active tourism partners use NTTW to recognize the contributions of Salt Lake County’s travel industry and how we will evolve into a more dynamic, innovative, sustainable environment, and an inclusive future.

We have before us a historic opportunity to redesign the industry to be bigger than ever. From all of us at Visit Salt Lake, we are excited for all the exciting things to come for Salt Lake County and Utah’s travel industry.

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Rape case against pastor moves forward after Utah Supreme Court ruling

A case against a former pastor accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a minor in his congregation is set to move forward again following a Utah Supreme Court ruling. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A case against a former pastor accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a minor in his congregation is set to move forward again following a Utah Supreme Court ruling.

In an opinion filed Thursday, the court ruled that the alleged victim in the case should not be required to testify at the preliminary hearing unless Isidor Pacomio Archibeque’s lawyers present a sufficient argument on the issue before the courts. state attorneys, reversing a 3rd District court ruling that arguments could be presented privately to the judge.

Archibeque, 46, is charged with two counts of rape, two counts of forced sodomy and rape by object, all first-degree felonies; and two counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. The crimes allegedly took place between 2014 and 2017, when the girl was a minor and Archibeque was her pastor.

Charging documents say the abuse began when the girl was 14 and Archibeque forced her to have sex with him several times a month. The documents claim that at one point Archibeque threatened to hurt her family if she said anything and that he was also violent towards her on at least two occasions.

Archibeque denies the allegations and his lawyers have requested a private hearing with the judge to show why the victim should be compelled to testify at the preliminary hearing. They argued that confidentiality was necessary because they should not be required to expose their strategy to prosecutors. Prosecutors, on the other hand, claimed that granting a private hearing would violate a judicial code’s rule that prohibits the judge from speaking with only one party.

In February 2021, the district court decided to compromise and determined that Archibeque’s attorneys could present the evidence privately to the judge, and if the court determined that the victim’s testimony could affect the outcome of the hearing, they would share arguments with prosecutors. .

Christopher Ballard, assistant solicitor general in the Utah attorney general‘s office, said they were “shocked” the court was allowing this; his office appealed the district court’s decision in early 2021.

The state Supreme Court ruling overturned the order, determining that unilateral proceedings are not favored and that the defendant should include the prosecution if he wants to plead for the victim to testify.

“While we applaud the district court’s efforts to craft a compromise that seeks to respect the constitutional rights of all interested parties, we are not convinced that Mr. Archibeque’s statutory or constitutional rights at this stage of the proceedings give the right to a presentation in camera (private hearing),” the Utah Supreme Court opinion states.

The justices explained that they “would be inclined” to support the district court’s decision if they believed it would protect Archibeque’s constitutional rights, but that his argument did not merit the request for a unilateral proceeding.

“(Archibeque) is well within his rights to keep his cards until trial. What he can’t do is have his cake and eat it too. None of the rights that Mr. Archibeque has identified protects him from the consequences of his litigation strategy,” the opinion said.

Ballard said Thursday’s Utah Supreme Court ruling made it clear that this unilateral process was not appropriate. “The judge should not make this decision based solely on the defendant’s comments,” he said.

Ballard explained that an amendment to the Utah Constitution and related rule of evidence allows “reliable hearsay” to be admitted at a preliminary hearing, which means a victim need not to testify at this stage if a statement from him is shared. He said it was now rare for a victim, especially a victim of child molestation, to testify at a preliminary hearing, which he said the defendants resisted.

Under State vs. Lopez, on whom the Utah Supreme Court ruled while this case was pending, defendants must meet a heavy burden for a judge to compel testimony from a victim during a preliminary hearing. The Utah Supreme Court in that decision ruled that defendant’s attorneys must show that the testimony was necessary to support evidence “that is reasonably likely” to result in the charges not being supported by the standard. of probable cause.

Ballard said the ruling in the Archibeque case, which means victims and prosecutors must be given an opportunity to respond to the defendant’s argument before it is decided that victims should testify, is “a victory for the victims”.

Archibeque’s team, however, said they were disappointed with Thursday’s decision.

“The Constitution, written as a bulwark against governmental power, is a bill of individual rights. But yesterday’s decision elevates the rights of the state above the rights of the accused. By rejecting the fair balance struck by trial court, the Utah Supreme Court has given the government another avenue to tip the scales in its favor,” defense attorneys Cara Tangaro, Jeremy Delicino and Ann Marie Taliaferro said in a statement.

Additionally, the lawyers said that since the decision in State vs. Lopez, they believe the government “often presents minimal evidence” at preliminary hearings, which they say hampers the defendant’s due process rights, favors cases that are not fully verified and causes delays. . lawsuits and increased costs and charges.

Archibeque is currently out on bail. He was ordered not to have contact with anyone under the age of 18 without their parents present, not to perform ecclesiastical duties and to wear an ankle monitor.

After the case was suspended pending the outcome of the appeal, the court ordered the removal of the ankle monitor. Now the case will be returned to the district court and the wait will end.

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People celebrate life, lost loved ones at the Celebration of Life Monument

Nicole ‘Hillary leaves a flower on her husband and donor Del Hillary’s donor brick during National Donor Life Month and Donor Remembrance Day at the Celebration of Life monument in Salt Lake City on Saturday. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Nicole’ Hillary’s husband was riding his motorcycle down to Mirror Lake with their son when a large deer came up from the ravine and hit his motorcycle. She said when she arrived at the hospital she knew her husband, Del Hillary, was gone.

“The first people I think I met were the Donor Connect people…as soon as I saw their shirts, I knew he wasn’t alive,” Hillary said.

She said as soon as they asked, she said yes and asked what he could donate, knowing that her husband had chosen to be an organ donor.

Donor Connect, an organization that coordinates organ donations and helps get them to a recipient, marked the end of April’s Gift of Life month with a celebration for donor families at Celebration of Life Monument near the Salt Lake City Library on Saturday.

The monument is usually a peaceful, reflective place where people can find the names of donors on the wall. Today there was music and celebration.

Hillary said it was beautiful to see her husband’s name on the memorial on Saturday, she said some of the same families she met at the event last year were there, all part of a large community of organ donors and recipients.

“Today I just celebrated with everyone and felt the love, and it was really cool,” Hillary said.

She had no idea how much the choice to donate her husband’s organs would be a blessing and help others until well after his death, she said.

Annie Ableman takes a photo of her sister and donor Melissa Capener's name during National Giving of Life Month and Donor Remembrance Day at the Celebration of Life Monument in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
Annie Ableman takes a photo of her sister and donor Melissa Capener’s name during National Giving of Life Month and Donor Remembrance Day at the Celebration of Life Monument in Salt Lake City on Saturday. (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Del Hillary was able to donate 10 different organs, helping to save the lives of several people. Nicole ‘Hillary reached out to some of them, she told them that if they wanted to buy a giant box of Cheez-Its or a Diet Coke from McDonald’s in the morning, that craving meant they had been given the organs by Del Hillary. She also told them that he was an “exceptional human” and that she wanted them to live “exceptional lives”.

She said these recipients wrote her love letters, which she said were so poignant. She said they are no longer on dialysis, are holding grandchildren and can be there for their children.

Hillary said Donor Connect supported her through the organ donation process, always responded quickly, and was loving and helpful during a difficult time in her life.

They looked at each organ individually and talked to her about it while her husband was on life support, and were loving and not pushy. She said they were by her side as soon as her husband died and continued to watch over her afterwards.

Sydney McPherson, director of donor family services at DonorConnect, said they support families for two years after they decide to donate an organ. She said that when they reach out to people who are losing loved ones and talk about the possibility of a organ donationit’s a way to give the family a glimmer of hope when a loved one dies.

Flowers are left on donor bricks during National Gift of Life Month and Donor Remembrance Day at the Celebration of Life monument in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
Flowers are left on donor bricks during National Gift of Life Month and Donor Remembrance Day at the Celebration of Life monument in Salt Lake City on Saturday. (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

“I think it helps in the grieving process, knowing that even though their loved one is gone and it’s incredibly sad, it helps them to know that a part of them still lives, you know, and the person who lives has received that life…I think it’s healing,” McPherson said.

She said she heard the word “healing” repeatedly at the event from donors and recipients.

McPherson said nationally that there was more than 100,000 people awaiting transplant in the country, so there is a great need for donors. Organs in Utah and surrounding states served by DonorConnect can be dispatched locally if needed or nationwide.

Part of Saturday’s event was the release of thousands of ladybugs into the gardens. Along with the ladybugs representing good luck, McPherson said they represent a lost loved one who comes to bring comfort.

Hillary said she put her ladybugs in trees, whereas most people there put them in grass or flowers. She wanted them to be as close to heaven as possible.

She said deciding to be an organ donor is not difficult, all it takes is a “yes” and telling the family about your decision.

“It’s not hard when your family knows what to do,” she said.

Donor photos are displayed during National Gift of Life Month and Donor Remembrance Day at the Celebration of Life monument in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
Donor photos are displayed during National Gift of Life Month and Donor Remembrance Day at the Celebration of Life monument in Salt Lake City on Saturday. (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Hayden Cullimore received a liver donation at age 8 and is now 17. His mother, Tessa Cullimore, said he was born with liver disease, biliary atresia, and was on and off the transplant list and had many procedures but he became very ill shortly before he turned eight. She said she wouldn’t have lived much longer without a transplant.

“We really got lucky,” she said.

Hayden Cullimore was discharged from hospital within 10 days of the transplant, faster than expected. After a few months, he felt better than he had ever felt. He said he was not able to jump on a trampoline or play tackle football before. After the transplant, he was able to join his friends in sports.

He said his donor lived just 10 minutes from his house. She was a teenager who did not yet have a license, but had spoken to her parents before her death and told them that she wanted to be an organ donor.

Hayden Cullimore is a registered organ donor, and he makes sure everyone he knows is too. He talks to his friends and convinces them to tick “yes” before going to get their driver’s license.

“I’m standing here because someone donated,” Cullimore said. “I just make sure everyone is a donor.”

He said he helped dedicate the monument and his donor’s name is on the memorial. He said it was meaningful to him to see the names of organ donors on the wall.

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