November 2022

Salt lake city

Salt Lake voters approve $85 million bond to improve parks, trails and open spaces

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) – Election Day results were certified throughout Utah on Tuesday, November 22, making them official. Those results included resounding support from Salt Lake City voters for a new $85 million bond that would support the city’s parks, trails and open spaces.

The bond will be used for a variety of projects across the city, including the new 17-acre Glendale Park on the former site of Raging Waters Water Park on 1700 South. When completed, the park will be the newest regional park (like Liberty and Sugar House Parks) in over 60 years

Other projects include improving Liberty Park with a new playground for all abilities and a new park at the Fleet Block in the Granary District. In addition to new green spaces, the $85 million bond will also fund improvements to the water quality and habitats of the Jordan River and Emigration Creek. It will also complete the Folsom Trail connection to the Jordan River Parkway Trail.

“The Salt Lakers love the outdoors, they love the green spaces in their community, and I’m thrilled to see such support for new parks, trails and open spaces in every corner of our capital,” Salt Lake City said. . Mayor Erin Mendenhall. “This bond will drive generational change in our neighborhoods, and I can’t wait to see it take shape.”

According to Salt Lake City officials, funding for the bond will be secured in installments over 20 years. Some bond-funded projects have already completed conceptual design and public engagement while others are underway. Other projects will not begin until the bond financing has been issued.

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Salt lakes real estate

Warriors, Lakers, Celtics among five NBA teams most thankful for

It’s Thanksgiving time, and there are plenty of NBA teams with plenty to be grateful for (the Nets aren’t one of them, which says a lot for a team that has Kevin During). But we’re going to split hairs here. Every team that has a superstar is grateful for that superstar, but I’ve tried to narrow it down to the five teams that have the most to be grateful for and what, exactly, they’re grateful for. That’s it.

When five teams dropped Curry in the 2009 draft, including the Timberwolves twice, the Warriors had no idea what they were getting. Curry has transformed the Golden State franchise in ways that would have been unimaginable just a decade ago when Curry first became an All-Star. Four championships. Six appearances in the final. A record season of 73 NBA wins. Literally billions in franchise value. None of this happens without Curry, whose combination of ability and humility stands perhaps once in a generation as the face of a franchise, if that’s the case.

I would say there isn’t a single other player in the world, for various reasons, who would have led last year’s Warriors to a title, and again this season Curry is the reason a team of Aging and imperfect warriors are still seen. a legitimate competitor. If you have Curry, you have a chance, and the Warriors are extremely grateful to have him.

If the Lakers were, say, still in Minneapolis, or Memphis, or Salt Lake City, or pretty much anywhere other than Los Angeles, with the way they’re handling things right now, they’d be a laughing stock. . You could tell they are anyway. But because they occupy prime real estate in the NBA, their margin for error is so great that they can basically mess it all up and still have a fairly direct path out of the dark and into the light of the struggle. for the title.

You could say the Lakers are very grateful to have LeBron James, but the only reason they have LeBron in the first place is because they’re in Los Angeles. The only reason they have Anthony Davis is because they have LeBron. And the only reason they have a title for the last decade is because they have these two guys.

Since that title (bubble title, I should say), this franchise has done next to nothing to make itself attractive to players with options. Besides the location and that iconic name on their chest, they’ve made one disastrous decision after another – allowing Rob Pelinka to run in a So-Cal sandbox with, apparently, little idea what he’s doing. . Pelinka is like a child of trust funds. He can screw up over and over again, in a way that would bury just about any other GM, and still be a few basic skill moves away from coming out on top.

Every league organization with a superstar player is grateful to that player. Damian Lillard has been a godsend to Portland for a decade. Nikola Jokic in Denver, Jayson Tatum in Boston, Ja Morant in Memphis, Joel Embiid in Philadelphia, Donovan Mitchell in Cleveland, Devin Booker in Phoenix, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in Oklahoma City, Jimmy Butler in Miami, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George with the mowers; Brooklyn would be a trash can fire without Kevin Durant.

But neither of those guys brought a championship to their current franchise. Other than Tatum, none of them have even made an appearance in the finals. Antetokounmpo, meanwhile, propelled Milwaukee to the top of the basketball world. He could have left in the summer of 2021, straight after winning the championship from the Bucks, like Leonard did with the Raptors, but Giannis signed a five-year extension midway through a season.

Giannis could have at least listened to what the other teams had to say this summer. Do the dance. Been wooed. But his ego didn’t need that kind of celebration. He didn’t want to become a distraction for a Bucks team trying to win a title, which they did just over six months after a relatively quiet extension. Aside from Stephen Curry, no player in the league matters more to their franchise than Antetokounmpo to the Bucks.

Ainge is doing his thing in Utah now, but the Celtics are going to be indebted to him for a long time; he’s the #1 reason they’re able to compete for championships in the next decade. The trades Ainge executed with the Nets, who landed Celtics Jaylen Brown, and the Sixers, who landed them Jayson Tatum, provided Boston with arguably the best pairing in the league, and they’re just starting to come in. in their peak.

There was pressure on Ainge to trade Brown specifically for years. He never did. He allowed this duo to grow together, while drafting Robert Williams and Grant Williams to accompany them. Ainge drafted Marcus Smart. He brought in Al Horford. He hired Brad Stevens, who was a very good coach and turns out to be a very good general manager. He hired Joe Mazzulla, who looks like he could be the coach of the next decade.

Everything the Celtics have put together for this long string of disputes is down to Ainge. He put it all together. He wasn’t always popular with Celtics fans who wanted more aggressive moves, but his stubborn ways and refusal to concede in any short-sighted trade is why Boston is in this position now. Ainge has built this team to last. Boston should be very grateful.

It will never be surprising that a team can trade Trae Young AND a second lottery pick and somehow come out on the right side of the deal, but that’s exactly what the Mavericks managed to do. swap for the draft rights of Luka Doncic, who, barring a career-altering injury, is already a lock on becoming one of the greatest players of all time.

I don’t know what number you want to put on it – top 20, top 10, whatever – but he’s becoming an all-time player. This guy has legit GOAT conversational potential, and he’s only 23! I would say if there was an open draft for every player in the league right now, Doncic would go first. I don’t even think it would be close.

Having such a great guy, at that age, is what makes you get down on your knees and thank the basketball gods every night before you go to bed. A player like Doncic almost guarantees contention for the next 10-15 years if you do your part and surround him with proper parts. Dallas might want to start thinking about doing that.

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Utah economy

Rocking Hot Rod Productions donates $10,000 worth of toys to Toys for Tots

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Today’s special) – The annual Toys for Tots campaign is underway and Rockin Hot Rod Productions is helping by donating toys to families in need.

“Just to bring that kind of happiness to a lot of people and know that it was important for you to help get those toys to those kids. Right now, with the economy, the current situation, and that’s a struggle for a lot of families right now and for kids not having a Christmas present is just heartbreaking,” said Blaine Thompson of Rockin Hot Rod Productions.

Thompson says this is the 8th year the company has donated to Toys for toddlers and in Grade 5, they came to the ABC4 News station to drop off the toys. The company donated $10,000 worth of toys. Some of the donations included Barbie dolls, drones, bikes, skateboards and more.

US Marine GySgt. Alejandro Ortizchavez says: “I am very proud. I’m not from Utah. That’s a good thing and they are definitely what kids need. “GySgt. Ortizchavez says they still need a lot more toys this year.

The annual ABC4 Utah Toys For Tots fundraiser will run from November 14 through December 18. If you would like to donate, please bring new unwrapped toy donations to your local Papa Murphy’s Pizza location or our ABC4 News station. Click here to find a Papa Murphy’s pizza near you.

Now is the time to seek help from the program. The deadline to apply for assistance is November 30, 2022. Click here to apply for assistance here at your local county.

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Salt lake city government

Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees call on BC government to reconsider 2030 bid

The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees are calling on the BC government to reconsider its position on a bid to host the 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

On Monday, weeks after the provincial government announced it would not support the bid, the organizations released an open letter to elected officials in British Columbia, reinforcing the virtues of an Indigenous-led edition of the Games that would reuse 2010 Olympics venues.

The letter, signed by COC President Tricia Smith and CPC President Marc-Andre Fabien, stated the “surprise” of the rejection and called for a face-to-face meeting with all parties.

“Once the feasibility work was completed and a draft proposal submitted, we expected the next step to be a face-to-face meeting with all parties to discuss costs and benefits, priorities and possibilities,” did he declare.

“The Government of British Columbia has not yet given any of the parties, despite our attempts and those of the Nations, the opportunity to have this discussion.”

The bid group was led by Lil̓wat7úl (Líl̓wat), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations, in addition to the COC, CPC, and the municipalities of Vancouver and Whistler.

Only the COC and CPC signed Monday’s letter.

The group had applied for $1.2 billion in government funding. It projected total costs of up to $4 billion, including private investment.

However, the province said the financial commitment would jeopardize its “ability to deal with the pressures facing British Columbians at this time.”

“We know this decision is disappointing for all who put so much effort into the bid, but further supporting the proposal would require dedicated and substantial provincial resources across government, when there are many priorities and competing challenges ahead,” read a statement from the office of BC Legislative Minister Lisa Beare to CBC Sports.

“The Cabinet’s decision is binding.”

Although the official bid process has yet to begin, efforts from Sapporo, Japan, and Salt Lake City, Utah, appeared to be top contenders alongside British Columbia.

Reconciliation through sport

The Canadian bid was unique in how it planned to display reconciliation through sport.

“Among the many things we have learned over the past year working with our First Nations partners is that respecting process and protocol is important, and that collaborative dialogue is essential in decision-making. “, indicates the letter.

The COC and the CPC signed a collaboration agreement with the Nations in February. With the municipalities, they unveiled the details of the reception concept in June.

The letter says the groups were assured by then Premier John Horgan in the fall of 2021 that the province would be open to the idea.

But just a week after current Premier David Eby won the leadership of the New Democratic Party of British Columbia, the province has issued its refusal.

Musqueam Indian Band Chief Wayne Sparrow told CBC On the coast host Gloria Macarenko then said that “it would have been nice to sit down with all the parties involved” but that the province’s decision “crushed her”.

On the coast10:27British Columbia government will not support bid to host 2030 Olympics and Paralympics

The Líl̓wat, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Squamish First Nations worked with the Canadian Olympic Committee on an Indigenous-led bid to host the 2030 Olympics and Paralympics. But today the government of Colombia -Briton announced that he would not support the candidacy. To learn more, we are accompanied by Chief Wayne Sparrow of the Musqueam First Nation.

The bid planned to reuse venues from Vancouver 2010, with costs limited to updates instead of entirely new arenas. The offer also promised to be “climatically positive”.

“This bid places climate action, fiscal responsibility, accessibility, and the housing and development needs of host communities at the heart of the Games concept,” the letter reads.

The COC and CPC said they only want to move forward with the bid “if it makes sense to do so.”

“This project must address practical realities and challenges. It must also be about a vision for our country. Making this decision requires a full review and dialogue with all parties around the table. A unique project of this nature, led by potential Host First Nations, merits further consideration. »

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Salt lakes real estate

Pending home sales hit record low in October as deal cancellations and price cuts hit record high

The historic slowdown could ease in the coming months if inflation continues to subside

SEATTLE, November 21, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ:RDFN) – Pending home sales fell the most on record in October and deal cancellations and price drops hit record highs, according to a new report from Redfin (, technology-powered real estate brokerage.

Pending sales fell 32.1% year-over-year last month, the biggest drop since at least 2013, when Redfin’s records began. Nearly 60,000 home purchase contracts failed, a record 17.9% of homes under contract. Meanwhile, almost a quarter (23.9%) of homes for sale saw a price drop, double the rate of the previous year.

Soaring mortgage rates also caused potential sellers to stay put due to the foreclosure effect. The average 30-year fixed mortgage was 6.9% in October, up 3.83 percentage points from 3.07% a year earlier, the largest year-on-year increase each other in a month since 1981. That contributed to a 24% year-over-year increase. drop in new listings, the largest decline on record outside of April 2020, when the onset of the pandemic all but paralyzed the housing market.

“The Fed’s actions to curb inflation are causing the housing market to slow at a rate not seen since the financial crisis,” said Chen Zhao, head of economic research at Redfin. “There are already early but promising signs of slowing inflation, which led to lower mortgage rates last week. If this progress continues, buyers who have recently abandoned transactions could return to the market. and sellers might be less inclined to cut prices.”

However, selling prices have room to fall. The median U.S. home sale price fell 1.4% month-over-month – the biggest one-month October slowdown since 2012 – but rose 4.9% compared to the previous year.

Prices could drop as listings persist in the market and competition slows. Homes sold in October were on the market for a median of 35 days, down from 21 days a year earlier, and less than half (44.6%) of home offers written by Redfin agents faced competition . This compares to more than two-thirds (67.3%) in October 2021.

National Highlights


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Pending home sales, seasonally adjusted

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New listings, seasonally adjusted

511 459



All homes for sale, seasonally adjusted




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Share of houses for sale with a price drop


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Share of homes sold above final list price


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Average sale/final list price ratio


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Proportion of real estate offers drawn up by Redfin agents faced with competition (seasonally adjusted data)


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Out-of-contract pending sales, as % of total pending sales


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Average 30-year fixed mortgage rate


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Note: data is subject to revision

Metropolitan Highlights


  • Prices fell year over year in five metro areas: San Francisco (-4.5%), Lake County, IL (-3.5%), San Jose, CA (-1.6%) , Oakland, CA (-1.6%) and Stockton, CA (-0.2%).

  • Prices rose the most in North Port, FL (25.9%), El Paso, TX (18.2%), Miami (17.4%), Tampa, FL (17.2%) and Cape Coral, FL (16.1%).

  • More than two-thirds (68.7%) of homes for sale in Boise, ID saw a price drop, a larger share than any other metro analyzed by Redfin. This is followed by Denver (56.8%), Indianapolis (54.7%), Salt Lake City (54.7%) and Tacoma, WA (52.5%).

  • Newark, NJ recorded the lowest share of price declines (17%), followed by El Paso (17.2%), Miami (20.1%), Honolulu (20.6%) and New Brunswick, NJ (20.7%).

  • Raleigh, North Carolina, Phoenix, Austin, San Antonio and Jacksonville, FL saw the largest year-over-year increases in homes for sale with price drops. Three metros — Lake County, Chicago and Fresno, CA — saw declines.


  • Pending home sales fell the most in Allentown, Pa., down 54.9% year over year. Next come Greensboro, North Carolina (-50.4%), Honolulu (-47.3%), Salt Lake City (-46%) and Jacksonville (-45.9%).

  • Pending sales fell the least in McAllen, TX (-6.6%), Rochester, NY (-14.2%), Detroit (-14.4%), Buffalo, NY (-15.1%) and El Paso (-15.8%).

  • The number of homes sold fell the most in Salt Lake City (-47.6%), Stockton (-45.4%), Cape Coral (-45.3%), Las Vegas (-43.7%) and San Diego (-41.5%).

  • The number of homes sold fell the least in Greenville, SC (-14.6%), McAllen (-15.9%), Worcester, MA (-16.4%), Oklahoma City (-16.6%) and New Orleans (-17.6%).

  • In Jacksonville, 706 home purchase deals failed, or 30.6% of homes under contract that month, the highest percentage among metros analyzed by Redfin. It was followed by Tampa (26.7%), San Antonio (26.6%), Atlanta (25.2%) and Las Vegas (25.1%).

  • San Francisco had the lowest percentage of cancellations (6%), followed by San Jose (8%), Nassau County, NY (8.2%), Montgomery County, PA (9.3%) and New York (10.5%).


  • New listings fell the most in Cape Coral (-50.8%), followed by Boise (-49.8%), Greensboro (-46.3%), Allentown (-42.1%) and Baton Rouge ( -39.3%).

  • New listings rose in only one market, El Paso, up 3.3%. They fell the least in McAllen (-0.4%), New Orleans (-3.2%), Detroit (-6.3%) and Rochester (-7.8%).

  • Open listings (the total number of homes for sale) fell the most in Hartford, CT (-32.6%), followed by Milwaukee (-29.3%), Greensboro (-27.8%), Bridgeport , CT (-27.6%) and Allentown (-25.8%).

  • Active listings increased the most in North Port (46.9%), followed by Austin (42.3%), Nashville (40%), Tampa (33.2%) and Phoenix (32. 9%).


  • The fastest market was Rochester, where half of all homes were waiting to sell in just 10 days. It was followed by Omaha, NE and Grand Rapids, MI with 11 median days on the market. Next come Columbia, SC and Buffalo, with 12 median days on the market.

  • The slowest market was Chicago, with 61 median days on market. It was followed by Honolulu (59), West Palm Beach, FL (58), New York (57) and Lake County (56).

  • In Rochester, 65.4% of homes sold above their final list price, a higher share than any other metro analyzed by Redfin. It was followed by Buffalo (60.1%), Hartford (58.5%), Worcester (52.1%) and Camden, NJ (50.9%).

  • In North Port, 12.9% of homes sold above their final list price, a lower share than any other metro analyzed by Redfin. This is followed by Cape Coral (13.5%), Phoenix (13.6%), West Palm Beach (13.9%) and Boise (14%).

  • Worcester had the highest bidding war rate, with 68.4% of home bids written by Redfin agents facing competition. Next come Providence, RI (61.9%), Boston (57.5%), San Jose (54.9%) and San Francisco (51.7%).

  • The lowest bid war rates were in Nashville (11.1%), Colorado Springs, CO (11.1%), Phoenix (22.1%), Orlando, FL (23.2%) and Riverside , turnover (24%).

To view the full report, including charts, additional metro-level data and methodology, please visit:

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Salt lake city

Mike Conley could miss 2 weeks with a pulled knee. How will Jazz fare?

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SALT LAKE CITY — First, the good news: Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley avoided serious injury by hyperextending his knee in Saturday’s win at Portland.

The bad? Utah’s starting point guard could miss two weeks – at least according to a report from The Athletic. Officially, Conley will miss Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers due to a Popliteus muscle strain. He will be reassessed when the team returns to Salt Lake City on Tuesday and then daily thereafter, which means he could return before that two-week period.

Yet for at least one game – and probably more – the Jazz will be without one of their most important players.

Conley has averaged 10.2 points and 7.9 career assists this season. And you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in the Jazz organization who wouldn’t give Utah’s 12-6 start much credit to the veteran guard.

And now ?

It was speculated that the Jazz were just one major trade or injury away from coming down to earth, but if Saturday’s game was any indication, it could take more than that.

As Conley was scrutinized from the back, Jordan Clarkson, Malik Beasley and Talen Horton-Tucker showed that Utah just might be able to withstand the loss of their first head guard.

Utah coach Will Hardy saw Conley’s influence on Clarkson as he became more of a playmaker and less of a “mercenary”, as Clarkson described his role during his early years in Utah. Then there was the game against Memphis earlier in the season, which Conley missed, when Clarkson had 5 points and four assists in the fourth quarter to lead Utah to a win.

As for Beasley, Hardy called him a “showman” with a knack for making big hits at critical moments.

So when these two players came on in the final quarter at Portland, it was no surprise. Clarkson had 15 points in the fourth quarter and Beasley added 10 in the final quarter as the Jazz took first place in the Western Conference.

Horton-Tucker, however, was asked to take on a new role.

Horton-Tucker entered Saturday’s game averaging just 16.3 minutes through Utah’s first 17 games of the season. On Saturday, the 21-year-old guard, who had some major ups and downs in his freshman year at Utah, played 31 minutes and finished with 8 points, five rebounds and two assists.

Horton-Tucker also helped limit Damian Lillard to 2-of-14 shooting before the Blazers point guard’s night was also cut short, and the Jazz edged Portland by 12 points when he was on the field.

The way he handled it all impressed his head coach.

“For me it’s just the overall balance he played on the road, the second night in a row, their team is having a run, the crowd is going crazy and he didn’t flinch,” Hardy said. “He just stayed the course and executed what we wanted to do. … Those times are tough when you’re on the road and when you’re thrust into a role that you haven’t had this season yet. So I thought his overall balance throughout the second half was remarkable.”

Hardy said Horton-Tucker had “delivered” for the Jazz, and he will likely be called upon to do so again in the coming weeks.

Utah has pointed to his significant depth as the reason he’s been able to exceed expectations so far this season. The Jazz got big games up and down their roster. There were All-Star-like performances from Lauri Markkanen, strong finishes from Collin Sexton, hot shots from Beasley, life-saving plays from Kelly Olynyk and the list goes on and on.

With Conley, that depth will now be tested in new ways.

More good news: the Jazz may have the type of lineup to deal with it.

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Twitter chaos has public communications officials worried


LOS ANGELES — Kate Hutton was watching a Dodgers game on a Friday night when she saw something strange in the outfield: The foul posts swayed, her TV feed shook.

The city’s emergency management coordinator knew immediately what was going on and she knew the 4 million people of Los Angeles would have questions. So she tweeted.

Within 10 minutes, Hutton had posted three messages from the official Los Angeles Emergency Management Department Twitter account, confirming the 7.1 magnitude quake and reminding people how to prepare.

“I joked that my muscle memory won’t be, ‘Drop it, cover it, hold on,'” Hutton said, referring to the ubiquitous West Coast earthquake preparedness mantra. “It’s going to be, ‘Grab the phone, tweet.'”

Hutton, who left the agency in 2020, is among the legion of government personnel, public safety officers and professional disaster communicators who use Twitter, where tens of millions of Americans have accounts, during a crisis. Public agencies use the platform to issue evacuation orders, warn of active shooters, dispel misinformation, and direct residents away from closed roads or to shelters. During disasters, stranded civilians use the app to call for help, evacuees use it to check on their homes, and journalists use it to gather information.

But today, the future of Twitter is in question. The site’s new owner, Elon Musk, laid off about half of the company’s 7,500 employees two weeks ago, then issued an ultimatum on Wednesday that prompted hundreds more to leave. Several crews essential to the operation of the site were reduced to one worker or none at the end of the week, and engineers said the site was at risk of failure sooner or later.

Recent turmoil and uncertainty have highlighted the extent to which our civic institutions rely on Twitter to communicate the day-to-day and essential, and raised questions about whether they are prepared for its demise.

The Post interviewed a dozen local, state and federal officials across the country, who said Twitter was one of their most effective ways to communicate with the public — they’ve seen it save lives and boost people’s lives. civic engagement. But it has also been used to spread lies and confuse. It can be both a boon and a bane, they said, and if the platform goes dark, it would reshape the way governments disseminate information.

Still, officials expressed confidence in their ability to deliver messages and warnings without Twitter, using tried-and-tested methods like email distribution lists and wireless alert systems, as well as new apps like Mastodon. and Zello.

“We’ve been sharing messages for a long time, long before Twitter existed,” said Karina Shagren, director of communications for the Washington Military Department, which oversees the state’s emergency management division. “We have always changed strategies and will do so again if necessary.”

The agency posted a public service announcement last week after losing its “official” designation as Twitter fiddled with account labels, a possible glimpse into the chaotic environment ahead. “It’s just another tool in the toolbox,” Shagren said. “But it was useful to have.”

According to a recent Pew survey, about one in five American adults use Twitter, far fewer than the number of YouTube, Facebook or Instagram users. And there can be big differences in activity depending on the region. And officials acknowledged that members of vulnerable communities and older people are the least likely to use the platform.

But Twitter is popular among governments, police forces and fire departments for a reason.

“It’s a great way to amplify a message,” said Hutton, who now works for the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. “Twitter doesn’t reach everyone in every city, but it’s a great way to get a message out into the groundwater of the public information landscape.”

So even if you’re not on Twitter, this news eventually “ripples downstream to the platforms you use to get your information,” she said.

For law enforcement trying to alert the public to an active crime scene, Twitter can be “essential,” said Salt Lake City police spokesman Brent Weisberg. That came to light last week when officers investigated a possible bomb threat at a hospital and it took hours to determine the area was safe.

“Here you have a situation involving thousands of people in a particular location, and we needed to get information out there,” Weisberg said. The department’s messages were brief – they announced the operation and noted the street to avoid – and they were picked up by local journalists.

If Twitter shut down, “the impact would be huge,” Weisberg said.

In Santa Barbara County, the local fire department responded to two of the worst disasters in California history – the Thomas Fire and the deadly mudslides that followed – and the agency has several means of communication.

But Twitter is “our primary vehicle for delivering coverage as it happens,” said Mike Ellison, one of the department’s public information officers. “If Twitter goes bankrupt, we will have to rethink the way we deliver our urgent messages.”

Outside of official channels, Twitter has also cultivated niche communities of experts and enthusiasts who play a vital role in keeping the public informed about real and impending disasters. “Fire Twitter”, for example, is particularly active and the @CAFireScanner account, which has more than 132,000 subscribers, is one of the most prolific sources of fire information across the state.

An account operator told The Washington Post in a direct message that he spends about 80 to 100 hours a week on the platform during peak fire season. In 2020, the worst season on record, Fire Twitter “helped a lot of people through this chaos,” said the scanner operator, who spoke on condition of anonymity for privacy reasons. “It would be a huge problem if Twitter were to go away.”

During a fire, people often reach out to ask where it is spreading and how to evacuate.

“You saved our lives on Twitter during the fire in August 2020”, a user wrote Last week. “It was 2 o’clock in the morning. My husband went to bed. I was on Twitter. The information you provided prompted me to get up, get the pony out of the barn, call our next door neighbors and evacuate!

Craig Ceecee, a doctoral candidate studying meteorology at Mississippi State University, also described the stakes as a matter of life and death. During the historic episode of tornadoes in the Midwest last year, tweets from Ceecee, from the account @CC_StormWatchhelped alert residents to radar activity in their area, warning them they still had time to get out.

On Thursday, Ceecee sent a moving message to his 12,000 followers, frustrated by the turmoil on Twitter: “I just pray that things are resolved,” he said. wrote.

“I realized that if we lose this method of communication, how are we going to spread the word when disaster strikes?” Ceecee said in an interview. “You might not know for hours, potentially, what’s really going on.”

The reach of the platform extends beyond disasters and police work. Officials have used Twitter, particularly in recent years, to counter conspiracy theories, many of which began or spread there. This has been most visible in recent election cycles, when voting administrators have spent hours on site dismissing baseless claims of fraud or wrongdoing.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials have taken a similar approach to misinformation about the virus. “We’ve spent a lot of money trying to tackle misinformation during covid,” said Brian Ferguson, assistant director of crisis communications at the California Office of Emergency Services.

In this fight, Twitter was “a very important tool for us because there are super users and influencers that we can contact to help us spread information,” he said.

For Cal Fire Capt. Robert Foxworthy, at least, a Twitter outage wouldn’t change much. His agency, the California State-Run Fire Department, is seeing a lot more activity on Facebook. “We lived in a time before Twitter,” he said. “We still have information and we will continue to release information. Twitter is only a small part of it.

Also, when high winds and wildfires knock out cell service, phones are useless and people turn to the radio, he added, which happened during the devastating Dixie Fire of the ‘last year. Foxworthy said the department didn’t plan for any contingencies in the event of a sudden Twitter outage.

“We still have it and we still use it, but if we don’t people will get information some other way,” he said. “It’s hard for some people, but think about what happened before Twitter.”

Thebault reported from Los Angeles, Sacks reported from Telluride, Colorado, and Berman reported from Washington.

Maria Sacchetti and Justin George in Washington contributed to this report.

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Alpine Investors will open offices in New York at Zero Irving

Alpine Investors, a people-focused private equity firm known for its investments in the software and services industries, has leased 22,000 square feet of newly constructed office space at Zero Irving, occupying space on 12th and 14th floors of the building. RAL Development Services (RAL), the developer of Zero Irving in a partnership with JRE Partners, announced the agreement, which continues the finance and technology-focused lease of this dynamic and highly appointed work environment at Union Square where only two floors remain available.

“We are delighted to welcome Alpine Investors to Zero Irving; the company’s vision aligns perfectly with the forward-thinking nature of the building,” said Josh Wein, Managing Director of RAL. “Zero Irving’s exceptional offering provides an ideal environment, offering flexibility and adaptability as well as distinctive design features, notable outdoor amenities and spaces, and key access to nearby public spaces and transit via Union Square Park. and its transit center.”

Founded in 2001, Alpine Investors is a private equity firm with over 300 investments in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The firm has more than $8 billion in assets under management, with its latest fund closing at $2.25 billion, double the size of its previous fund. Alpine is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Salt Lake City and New York.

Zero Irving is a new 21-story office building offering trophy-quality office space in Union Square. Alpine Investors along with other top tenants Melio Payments, Sigma Computing and Laurel Road Digital Banking (a division of KeyBank) and Civic Hall @ Union Square have leased over 200,000 square feet over the past 10 months. “Zero Irving’s leasing speed has been outstanding,” added Ben Bass of the JLL team who handles leasing the property. “RAL has delivered a unique, modern offering that has proven incredibly attractive to market-leading companies like Alpine Investors looking to join one of the city’s most exciting tech ecosystems.”

Zero Irving’s suite of amenities is unmatched, including a large landscaped rooftop terrace with generous north and south views, 14,000 square foot event and conference space over 2 floors, a fitness center full-service fit with lockers, showers and bike storage, and a ground floor indoor/outdoor food court by Urbanspace with 13 select food vendors. Along with spectacular views of Midtown and Downtown Manhattan, the building’s alternating floors offer dedicated corner double-height spaces with 23-foot ceilings, giving users the option of creating a signature space overlooking Union Square. Park. Zero Irving’s distinguished offering also includes a technology training center and incubator, as well as flexible office space solutions.

In addition to the well-known Union Square transit hub offering easy access to all areas of the city and major transit stations, the area is notable for its popular restaurants and diverse shopping options, which help all tenants attract and retain their workforce in an increasingly competitive labor market environment.

Zero Irving is the result of RAL’s successful response to a call for tenders issued by NYCEDC. The development team includes financial partner JRE Partners and architectural firm Davis Brody Bond.

Reid Longley and Aidan Campbell of Colliers represented Alpine Investors in the lease transaction. JLL’s Mitch Konsker, Ben Bass, Dan Turkewitz, Kristen Morgan and Carlee Palmer lead the Zero Irving rental team.

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2 construction workers hospitalized after explosion at Salt Lake airport

Construction continues on the central tunnel at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City on August 18, 2021. Two airport workers were hospitalized with burns on Friday after a container exploded at a construction site building east of Concourse B. (Spenser Heaps, Desert News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Two people were burned when a container of unknown liquid exploded at a construction site at Salt Lake City International Airport on Friday.

The blast happened around 9:50 a.m. at a Phase 3 construction site east of Concourse B, according to airport spokeswoman Nancy Volmer.

Two construction workers were burned in the blast and were transported to local hospitals by Salt Lake City firefighters. One person was taken to a burn care center with severe burns, and the other had minor burns, Salt Lake Fire Captain Shaun Mumedy said.

No travelers were in the area when the explosion occurred.

The airport is conducting an internal investigation into the explosion. Volmer said the container was originally believed to contain paint, but officials aren’t sure what material was actually inside. Investigators say the explosion may have been caused by the liquid overheating and exploding.

No other information was immediately available.

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Over 175,000 votes were counted to crown the best in Iron County; winners revealed in free magazine – St George News


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CEDAR TOWN — Showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit of a growing community, the third annual Best of Iron County competition highlighted the best small businesses the Cedar City area has to offer, from burgers and pizza shops to auto stores and to building contractors.

2022 Best of Iron County Magazine and Winner’s Award, St. George, Utah, November 16, 2022 | Photo by James Kreitzer, St. George News

Best of Iron County is an opportunity for business owners, employees, customers and fans from across the community to have their voices heard. And Iron County residents spoke out in a big way, with 585 nominations received and 178,000 votes cast.

“We continue to be blown away by how the community has embraced the contest and supported local businesses,” said Canyon Media’s General Manager, Ben Lindquist. “For us, being able to showcase all that Iron County has to offer is one of the highlights of the year.”

Gold and silver winners were crowned in 10 consolidated categories: Activities and Entertainment, Business and Services, Food and Beverage, General Services, Home and Garden, Lifestyle and Beauty, Medical, Schools, Shopping and Vehicles and Services. The 227 winning companies are featured on and in Best of Iron County magazine.

Known as “Festival City USA”, millions of people pass through Cedar City each year. Whether visiting the nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument or catching a play at the award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, tourists and locals alike should know the best places to stop while in largest city in Iron County.

With that in mind, Canyon Media will distribute a total of 7,500 copies of the magazine over the next few weeks. Free copies are now available at the following eight businesses in the Cedar City area:

  • Brian K. Tavoian Family Dentistry, 510 S. Main St., Cedar City.
  • Christensen Department Store, 984 S. Main St., Cedar City.
  • State Bank of Southern Utah, 377 N. Main St., Cedar City.
  • Bulloch Pharmacy, 91 N. Main St., Cedar City.
  • Cedar Bowling Center, 421 E. Highway 91, Cedar City.
  • Bristlecone, 67 W. Center St., Cedar City.
  • Silver Silo Bakery & Espresso, 777 S. Cross Hollow Drive, Cedar City.
  • Brian Head Resort, 329 S. Highway 143, Brian Head.

View and download a map of pick-up locations here.

To add to the prestige, this year’s prizes for winners include gold and silver medals as well as a showcase and certificate. Keep an eye out around town for Best of Iron County awards on display at various businesses.

“Running a local small business is never easy and is often overlooked. It can be a thankless job filled with long hours and lots of hard work,” Lindquist said. “For our team, showcasing the winners in a beautiful magazine and dropping off a winner’s kit with a certificate, window sticker and an actual gold or silver medal is a great way to celebrate small business.”

2022 Best of Iron County Magazine and Winner’s Award, St. George, Utah, November 16, 2022 | Photo by James Kreitzer, St. George News

Best of Iron County was presented by Canyon Media, Cedar City News and title sponsor Brian K. Tavoian Family Dentistry, Cedar City’s “smile doctor” for 30 years.

Much like the unique flavor of the greater St. George area, which was showcased earlier this year at the fourth annual Best of Southern Utah competition, Iron County has its own appeal and style. There aren’t many places where visitors will find rich heritage and small-town charm blended effortlessly with a booming tourist economy and the surroundings of a renowned university.

For these attributes – and many more – Iron County is a great place to do business.

Lindquist believes that small businesses are the heart and soul of rural communities, and finding new and better ways to serve Iron County residents has been a priority for Canyon Media in recent years.

“It’s a really strong business community,” he says. “If you want to be successful in Iron County, you have to have a great product and great customer service, and you have to be a hard worker.”


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Bill changing how Utahns pay for water stalls in legislature

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would have dramatically changed how Utahns pay for water will not progress through the state legislature this year.

On Wednesday, Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman Dan McCay withdrew his bill, telling an interim committee “there will be reshuffles.”

The bill was seen as a way to help address the decline of the Great Salt Lake and the ongoing statewide drought.. He had won support from taxpayer watchdogs, environmentalists and some members of the public. But he faces pressure from local water districtswho wield considerable political influence on Utah’s Capitol Hill.

“It’s a big boost. It’s a tough problem. It’s been ingrained for generations to be taxed this way. It should come as no surprise to anyone that it’s going to take more than pulling the tape off,” said Senator McCay, R-Riverton, told FOX 13 News afterwards.

Right now, people get a monthly water bill. But the vast majority of their water consumption is covered by property taxes. Some institutions like schools, churches, and government-owned golf courses pay no property taxes at all. Environmentalists have argued that this leads to overconsumption of water and excessive collection of taxes.

Senator McCay introduced a bill to move to a rate-based system. He argued it could force water conservation once Utahans see the “true cost” of water.

“Everyone recognizes the need to do much more for conservation in order to preserve the [Great Salt] Lake, for the long-term viability of Utah’s economy,” Senator McCay said. “We have to provide water for all these uses.

Local water districts and municipal governments have expressed serious concerns about the proposed legislation. They argued that changing the property tax formula could hurt their ability to pay for critical water infrastructure projects designed to ensure public health and safety. These projects can cost millions. (One of Utah’s largest nonprofit landowners, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, did not take a position on the bill.)

Senator McCay said he finally agreed to commission a study to address everyone’s concerns. Speaking on behalf of Utah’s largest water districts, Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District General Manager Bart Forsyth said it was a good decision.

“This study makes a lot of sense, from my point of view. It is a study that is long overdue,” he testified before the committee. “This is something that has been needed for some time. We support the continuation of a study of this nature and we welcome it.”

Zach Frankel, director of the Utah Rivers Council, said he was disappointed.

“Utah’s water conservation districts collect property taxes at three times the rate of water districts outside of Utah,” he said, pointing to a study his group has done on the issue. “This special interest has become too important.”

In public testimony, some were upset that the bill would not go ahead.

“It’s time to act, not to study further,” said Joan Gregory. “It could have been part of the solution to protect the Great Salt Lake.”

Annie Payne told the committee that the bill would have solved a number of problems.

“If you end water subsidies, you’re largely reducing your two most pressing problems: you’ll provide tax relief to homeowners at a critical time, and you’ll pump more water into the Colorado River and Great Lake. Salty,” she said.

Senator McCay said the bill would come back – but not in the next legislative session.

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Candidates to fill vacant Summit County Council seat talk representation and development

Summit County Councilor Doug Clyde officially resigned from the county council earlier this month, sparking a process to fill his seat for the remaining two years of his term.

Because he is a Democrat, the Summit County Democratic Party determines his replacement. This is decided by a vote of the party’s central committee, which includes more than 100 delegates. There are two delegates for each constituency in the county.

On Saturday, the party holds a meeting and will hear from Tonja Hanson and Thomas Cooke, who have both expressed an interest in completing Clyde’s term.

Cooke lives in Silver Summit and has lived in Park City for over 30 years. He currently serves on the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission and works for The Bicycle Collective, a Salt Lake City nonprofit that manages operations and e-commerce. Additionally, he is a part-time Nordic coach with Park City Ski and Snowboard.

Hanson is a fifth generation resident of Summit County. She was born and raised in Coalville, but has also lived in Park City, Oakley and Kamas. She has a background in marketing and hospitality, and has worked for Vail Resorts, POWDR Corp. and Talisker.

In addition to currently serving on the Coalville City Planning Commission, she is also Vice Chair of the Summit County Open Space Advisory Committee.

Clyde is an Oakley resident, and with his departure, no council member lives on the east side of the county. Hanson said that was the main motivator for her to throw her hat in the ring.

“I think it’s imperative that we have fair representation of all citizens across the county,” Hanson said. “And it’s not East versus West, that’s not the point at all. Because we’re all in this together, as a county.

Cooke said he was sympathetic at this point and pleaded for precincts for the council in the future rather than being entirely free.

“We have a moment in time right now for the next two years where the basin is bearing the brunt of the pressures of growth,” Cooke said. “And I think right now is a really good time to have someone who understands the code the best they can, the overall plan, what we need to do to change it. Because that’s where the majority of impacts.

Cooke referred to Dakota Pacific Real Estate, which is looking to build more than 700 homes as well as commercial space in the Kimball Junction area near the Skullcandy Building, as the elephant in the room.

He said he learned a lot from Dakota Pacific’s first application process, which was strongly opposed by residents, and ended up seeing the developer withdraw its application for the time being.

“I think the most important thing is that we need to reconnect our planning goals with community goals,” Cooke said. “The council and the planning staff and the planning commission need to be able to have the trust with the community where we say, ‘Well, if you want to solve x, y, z, then the best way to do that is a, b , c.” And that there’s some trust involved… I really feel like we’ve lost that.

Hanson said his planning experience has taught him that impacting residents is a top priority.

She agreed that Kimball Junction had a major traffic problem, citing her years of experience transporting to Park City from the rural county.

She said building a mixed-use development elsewhere could potentially help, to divert those who come to the area for services like groceries.

Both said there was a need for housing in the county, and Hanson said the creation of a regional housing authority could help. It would be an independent body solely focused on managing the housing crisis.

“It could really delve into this problem and maybe offer solutions that we don’t think of at the moment. The county council is really busy with so many things,” Hanson said.

“And I really feel like they don’t have the time. So perhaps a housing authority or a community group of citizens could spearhead that and bring some solutions to the county council that we could consider and possibly implement.”

Cooke also endorsed the idea from the housing authority. He pointed to Park City’s Deed Restriction Pilot Program, which compensates landlords for not renting homes short-term. He said he would like to see the county try something similar.

In addition to suggesting things the county needs to operate, the candidates highlighted the county’s recent successes.

Hanson mentioned the new High Valley Transit bus line to Wasatch County, which previously had no public transit.

Cooke said the overwhelming passage of open space highlights just how much the county’s residents have in common with one another.

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UDOT releases details of new $1.6 billion I-15 widening via SLC

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It is not known how many homes and businesses will be demolished.

And the exact cost is still uncertain (although early estimates put it at around $1.6 billion).

But the Utah Department of Transportation plans to to broaden Interstate 15 from Salt Lake City to Farmington.

The project comes in the wake of the UDOT enlargement I-80 in Sugar House, I-215 in Millcreek, I-15 in Salt Lake and Utah counties, US-89 in Davis County, and Mountain View Corridor in Salt Lake County. The state is also building a new highway in Davis County called the West Davis Corridor.

Like public transit, these projects are subsidized from the state’s general fund because the state’s gas tax has not kept pace with construction and the high cost of highway maintenance. , and vehicle registration fees are not high enough to fill the gap. Yet the highway constructionthat will make people drive more, creating more local and global air pollution, continues.

The UDOT began its latest public awareness campaign on Monday on his proposals to add lanes and interchanges to I-15 and reconfigure streets and roads near the freeway.

This freeway ride enlargement extends from 400 south in downtown Salt Lake City to Farmington. It was narrowed down to two options on which the UDOT is accepting comments during a series of open house and online. (The next open house will be Tuesday evening at Rose Park Elementary School from 5-7 p.m. Food and activities for children are provided.)

One option would include six lanes in each direction, including an auxiliary lane on the sides, plus a single high-occupancy vehicle lane in the middle. Add four more lanes for shoulder space and I-15 would be 18 lanes wide under option A.

Option B would also have six lanes in each direction, plus two shoulders. Between the two sides of the highway, the UDOT would create two high occupancy vehicle lanes (plus two shoulders), for a total of 20 lanes. The HOV lane set would be reversed during peak hours, open to southbound motorists in the morning and northbound at night.

Including the auxiliary lanes, the highway would be almost two dozen car lanes wide, including the shoulders, and its width would be almost the same as an American football field. The construction of Salt Lake counts the shoulder space in the lane count because it is public land that will be unusable for anything other than cars indefinitely.

UDOT officials said they don’t yet know how many homes and businesses will be demolished with a wider freeway, though the answer will be revealed in the coming months after further construction work. engineering that could consider public comments.

Some streets in the Guadalupe neighborhood of Salt Lake City are very close to the freeway. 700 West is also in the potential impact area.

For Rose Park and Marmalade, the 600 North overpass would be widened to eight lanes at its peak from its current six lanes. A painted bike path is striped for anyone who dares to take it. Option B also includes a shared access path above the viaduct.

The plan includes a number of painted bike lanes that are wedged against the sidewalk next to several lanes of high-speed traffic approaching or departing from the freeway.

For both options A and B, the UDOT would create an underpass at 500 North open to people walking or biking. This route ends just east of the freeway where it hits the train tracks, so users should divert to 400 North or 300 North to continue east.

UDOT also plans to create an underpass at 400 North accessible to motorists and pedestrians. The east side of Beck Street would have a path that ends at North Salt Lake.

Beck would also connect to I-15 at a new interchange added at 2100 North in Salt Lake City, which state officials say could divert heavy truck traffic away from gravel companies and refineries in order to avoid Marmalade and Capitol Hill.

The legislator largely drafted the UDOT blank checks for the extension of the highway.

“The Legislature is very fiscally responsible in properly programming the amount of infrastructure needed,” said Tiffany Pocock, the project manager. “It’s already been appropriated so [it] will not raise your taxes today.

“You heard it here first, your taxes won’t be raised for this project,” added Dan Adams, a consultant working with UDOT.

But there are more tax-responsible options that the state should consider and the public can request. For example, do not extend the freeway.

UDOT says this option would increase pre-pandemic travel times from about 20 minutes to about an hour without freeway expansion.

It should be noted that traffic modeling used to predict how many people will be driving in three decades is regularly overinflated. In the early 1990s, as the state struggled to justify turning US-89 through Davis County into a freeway, the state predicted crippling traffic by 2015.

In some cases, the state’s projections were off by 30 percent, meaning nearly one in three drivers the state says will use US-89 in the future never came. The state is wrapping up this project now.

Another consideration would be to increase the requirement to drive a car in the high occupancy vehicle lane from at least two to three people.

The legislator made this change in Senate Bill 2001 in 2019, when he adopted a huge omnibus bike that also included a tax hike on groceries. Voters were about to pass a ballot measure repealing that law when the legislature did so itself, so the changes to high-occupancy vehicles went with the rest.

Utah could instead spend a fraction of the cost implementing the Rio Grande map, which is then expected to generate billions of dollars of ongoing economic impact each year. It could focus on building its transit system faster.

For its part, the Utah Department of Transportation and Gondolas says the Wasatch Front Regional Council’s regional transportation planning justifies continued freeway expansion.

sweet streetsa Salt Lake City-based group that includes leaders from Building Salt Lake, is organizing an effort to oppose the proposal.

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Taylor Anderson grew up near Chicago and headed west to study journalism at the University of Montana. He has been an editor for the Chicago Tribune, the Bend Bulletin and the Salt Lake Tribune. A move from Portland, Oregon to Salt Lake City opened his eyes to the importance of good urban design in building strong neighborhoods. He lives on the border of the Liberty Wells and Ballpark neighborhoods.

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Utah’s Western Desert Could Hold a Decade of Indium

Utah’s Western Desert is home to the only recognized deposit of indium in the USA. This little-known metal is used in everyday devices like smartphones and solar panels.

The Utah Geological Survey recently received a Federal grant of $300,000 to investigate further whether indium in western Juab County is worth mining. Research will be done in collaboration with the mining company that owns the deposit, American Western Metals.

Without producing anywhere in the United Statessecuring a national metal supply is something officials have their eyes on.

“Indium is one of the U.S. federally designated critical minerals, which means it’s critical to our national economy and security,” said Stephanie Mills, senior geologist with the Utah Geological Survey and principal investigator of the study. “But we have a supply chain that’s vulnerable, in this case, because we don’t produce any of it.”

If the deposit proves successful, scientists say it could meet the needs of the United States for the next decade.

Indium is most commonly mined as a byproduct of zinc mining. According to American West, indium is present in “abnormally high levelsin the zinc deposits at the West Desert site.

Although future indium mining in Utah is a possibility, it must first be determined how much of it exists.

“It’s all the kind of work that gets done on the road once it’s sort of established – how much metal is there in the first place?” said Mills. “You have to know there’s enough to make it worthwhile.

Decisions on whether a future mine would take the form of underground mining or a more intrusive open-pit mine would come much later in the process, Mills said. American West says it focuses on “small footprint» mine.

If mining is in the future, conservationists say everything from water rights to impacts on local wildlife to how transportation would be handled should be considered.

“It’s not the easiest place to get to, so you’d have to think about it,” said Steve Erickson, Utah coordinator and board member of the Great Basin water network. “All of these issues should be considered in this process.”

Other groups are also concerned about the human impacts of future mines.

“Whereas [mining] can support clean energy initiatives, this can only be achieved if done responsibly with high environmental and human rights standards,” said Sierra Club Utah Chapter Director Carly Ferro. “To protect the values ​​we hold dear, like clean air and water, and the landscapes we love, we must first consider a qualified recycling strategy, and then when mining is necessary, we ensure that it meets the highest standards to be carried out in a sustainable manner and protects human rights, labor rights, the rights of indigenous peoples and the environment.”

Geological research should last the next three years.

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Activists smash tablets atop ‘Mount Sinai’ to launch faith-based climate campaign

JEBEL MUSA, Egypt – An initiative to mobilize religious leaders around the world to push governments to do more against climate change was launched on Sunday morning with an Israeli environmental activist smashing fake stone tablets atop a peak Egyptian considered by many to be Mount Sinai, to symbolize the world’s failure to protect the planet.

The idea was born in the run-up to the UN climate conference COP27 taking place in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, by solar energy entrepreneur Yosef Abramowitz and David Miron Wapner, who chairs the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development based in Jerusalem.

The Sinai Climate Partnership, symbolically launched at the ceremony, brings together the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, the Elijah Interfaith Institute, the Department of Peace, the United Nations Faith for Earth Initiative, Gigawatt Global d’ Abramowitz and Israeli environmental organization Adam Teva V’Din.

After sunrise, Abramowitz and Wapner gathered at the summit with Nigel Savage, the founder and former director of the American Jewish environmental organization Hazon, and his successor Jakir Manela, to read sections of the Holy Land Declaration on the climate change signed in 2011 by the multi-denominational Council of Religious Leaders of the Holy Land. Two teenagers from the United States, part of Christian Climate Observers, also joined the ceremony.

After the group read a new draft list of “Ten Principles for Climate Repentance,” formulated by dozens of multi-faith leaders gathered in London over the past few days, Abramowitz smashed two tablets on the floor.

The act was a symbolic echo of the Bible’s Moses breaking the 10 commandments in protest against the Israelites, after descending Mount Sinai.

“We look at Sharm el-Sheikh and we are not satisfied,” Abramowitz said, breaking a tablet.

From left to right: Nigel Savage from Hazon, Anneka from the US Christian Climate Observers, David Miron Wapner from the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, Elsa from Christian Climate Observers and Jakir Manela from Hazon launch the Sinai Climate Partnership from Jebel Musa, Egypt, on November 13, 2022. . (Sue Surkes/ Times of Israel)

One of the tablets was made by young people from the Israeli branch of Strike 4 Future, painted with the words “Broken Promises” in Hebrew. The other tablet was painted green, to symbolize the “green commandments,” Abramowitz said.

“Political leaders around the world have failed to speak out on climate so far,” he said. “This is the 27th gathering of world leaders, and things are only getting worse. We are calling on faith leaders to heighten the sense of urgency and bring them to bear, hopefully forcefully and globally, to push for at least a 50% reduction in global warming emissions from by 2030. Reducing emissions so gradually is immoral at this point.”

James Sternlicht, head of the peace department, called on faith leaders to make a climate vow: “I, as a person of hope, commit to making the world a better place for people and the planet, every day that I shall live.”

“Today, as religions put aside their differences in a common call for climate action, we work for a new alliance for humanity in the name of protecting our common home and improving our common human future,” he said via video. link of the confab COP27.

Celine Phillips, a member of the French delegation to the UN COP27 climate negotiations in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, reviews the Holy Land declaration on the summit in Jebel Musa, Egypt, November 13, 2022. (Sue Surkes/Times of Israel)

One of the immediate signatories of the climate pledge was Flora Vano, a member of the delegation to the COP27 conference from the tiny Republic of Vanuatu, an archipelago of 83 islands made up largely of coral reef atolls in the South Pacific.

The United Nations ranks seismically active Vanuatu as the country most at risk in the world when it comes to natural disasters, and these, according to Vano, are intensifying due to climate change. These include sea level rise, cyclones, strong storm surges, food losses from both heavy flooding and drought, and migration.

“I am a woman and a mother and part of humanity,” she said. “I have the right to survive.”

An IsraAid worker talks to a local man after Cyclone Pam hit the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu in March 2015. (IsraAID/File)

Abramowitz and Wapner’s original idea was to bring dozens of multi-faith leaders to Mount Sinai for the inaugural ceremony, but Egyptian authorities refused permission, saying the time was not right.

The town of Sainte Catherine, below the imposing mountain, is currently a vast building site. The state is building new hotels and a huge multi-denominational prayer center. The mountain is the most popular of several sites in Egypt, Israel and elsewhere that are traditionally associated with the biblical location of Mount Sinai, where Moses ascended to receive the Ten Commandments from God in the Old Testament.

Saint Catherine’s Monastery in South Sinai, Egypt, April 16, 2017. (AFP/Pedro Costa Gomes/File)

Instead, the new Sinai Climate Partnership will be officially announced on Sunday evening at a ceremony on Parliament Hill, the highest point in London.
Ceremonies are also planned for highlights in Jerusalem, Salt Lake City, Ecuador, Australia, India’s Mount Abu in Rajasthan and Calcutta, and Mount St. Francis, a Catholic retreat center in Indiana.

Savage noted that Israel would soon mark 75 years since its founding, which he described as an inflection point for the nation: “This 75th anniversary, at this particular time, considering all that is happening in the world , and with the arrival of a new government in Israel, is a truly key moment and an opportunity for the State of Israel and the Jewish people to say that the next 25 years will be about responding to the climate crisis.

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Illuminating Salt Lake drone show combines art, light and technology

Attendees watch 150 drones perform above them at ILLUMINATE: Light Art + Creative Tech Fest in Salt Lake City on Friday. (Ben B. Braun, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s sixth annual Festival of Light Art and Creative Technology lit up the skies and wowed attendees Friday night in Salt Lake City’s first-ever public drone show.

About 150 synchronized drones flew 400 feet in the air above the Salt Lake City County Building, moving through various choreographed aerial formations.

Attendees watch 150 drones perform above them at ILLUMINATE: Light Art + Creative Tech Fest in Salt Lake City on Friday.
Attendees watch 150 drones perform above them at ILLUMINATE: Light Art + Creative Tech Fest in Salt Lake City on Friday. (Photo: Ben B. Braun, Deseret News)

The Utah Arts Alliance’s ILLUMINATE Festival kicked off Friday night with live music, food and drink, art booths, light art installations and technology exhibits.

The festival continues Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Liberty Square, 400 South and 200 East, in Salt Lake City, with some indoor activities available at the Leonardo. Entrance to the festival is free and all ages are welcome.

“ILLUMINATE continues to push the boundaries of the intersection of art, light, and technology,” said Derek Dyer, executive director of the Utah Arts Alliance, in a press release. “Our mission is to bring creative technology to all members of the community, inspire young and seasoned creators to explore possibilities, and put Utah on the map as a cultural hub of innovators.”

One hundred and fifty drones perform Friday at ILLUMINATE: Light Art + Creative Tech Fest in Salt Lake City.
One hundred and fifty drones perform Friday at ILLUMINATE: Light Art + Creative Tech Fest in Salt Lake City. (Photo: Ben B. Braun, Deseret News)

According to a press release, drone light shows combine art and technology to provide a “wow factor” without causing air or noise pollution like fireworks do. Creative technological solutions such as drone shows are becoming increasingly popular around the world as people look for alternatives to fireworks, the statement said.

The festival’s artistic theme was “Mother Nature in Light”, according to festival director Kim Angeli.

Attendees watch 150 drones perform above the City-County Building at ILLUMINATE: Light Art + Creative Tech Fest in Salt Lake City on Friday.
Attendees watch 150 drones perform above the City-County Building at ILLUMINATE: Light Art + Creative Tech Fest in Salt Lake City on Friday. (Photo: Ben B. Braun, Deseret News)

“As the world evolves from a period of collective darkness, now is the time to focus on healing – of ourselves, our communities and the natural world that sustains our existence,” Angeli said in A press release.


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June 22, 1940 — November 4, 2022

Donald Jay Gates passed away Friday, November 4, 2022, surrounded by his loving family in St. George, Utah. Donald “Don” was born on June 22, 1940 in Escalante, Utah to his wonderful parents Cummings and Golda Gates. Don was the eldest of five children and loved being the “big” brother. Shortly after he was born, his parents moved to Salt Lake City.

During Don’s early years, he attended Columbus Elementary School, Erring Middle School and would later graduate from South High School Class of 1958. Don really enjoyed summers spent in Escalante with his father and grandfather Hyrum. He helped the herd ride his favorite horse, Blackie.

In 1958 Don married Sharon Munson (later divorced). They had three beautiful children: Tamera Lee, Donald Ray and Linda Dea.

Shortly after his divorce, Don was drafted into the military and proudly served our country from 1964 to 1966. He reported to Fort Douglas and completed his basic education at Fort Polk, Louisiana. While enlisted, he had many duties. He was a member of the First Infantry Division, Big Red One. “If you have to be one, be a big RED!” He was assigned to shoot competition with the 1st Infantry Rifle Team where they placed in national events. Later the Vietnam War overruled these orders and he went to 3rd Company, Battalion Four, which had four squadrons. Don was a squad leader of 13 men. Of these, only three original men remained at the end of his tour. During his deployment, he would send home trinkets and neat gifts to his three children. They waited impatiently for these parcels.

After his Vietnam tour was over, he returned home and met Dawna Williams. The two married in 1966 (later divorced). Dawna had four sons from a previous relationship, Gary, Steven, Kent and Don. Don and Dawna decided to expand their family and had two boys, Paul Brian and Brett Ryan.

No longer in the military, Don started working for Bruce Transfer and Storage and joined the Teamsters Union. Real estate piqued Don’s interest so he decided to give it a try and that’s when he and Dawna founded Solar Realty. Having success in sales, he chose to leave Solar Realty and enter the automotive sector. Don was a car enthusiast who started young. His first car was a 1958 Chevy Impala convertible that he let his siblings drive from time to time and they thought it was cool. He has worked for several different dealerships over the years. After succeeding at Valley Ford, he was asked to move to St. George and help manage Stephen Wade Chevrolet. He loved the auto sales business so much that in 1992 he opened his own land, Gates Auto Sales. He was extraordinarily successful and ran the business with his two sons Brett and Paul. Don decided it was time to retire and sold the land in 2012.

On April 7, 1985, Don married the love of his life, Merlene. Merlene had three daughters from her previous relationship, Debbie, Teresa and Robyn. The two shared a beautiful home in St. George. Don and Merlene loved spending time together. They were both involved in the Elks Club and held high seats. They had many friends with whom they shared good times and great laughs over the years. Don walked by with his wife by his side.

In retirement, Don loved playing golf, whatever change he could get. He played many courses and was good too. He purchased land at the Star Valley Resort where he was a member of the Star Valley Golf Association. He spent his summers barbecuing and playing golf with friends he made there.

Don is survived by his wife, Merlene Gates; his siblings, Kenny (Judy) Gates, Roxanne (William) Leonard and Bruce (Debbie) Gates; his children Donald Ray (Terri) Gates, Tamera (Steve) Karsten, Paul (Emily) Gates and Brett (Jessamine) Gates; his stepchildren Gary Healey, Steven (Gloria) Healey, Kent Healey, Don Healey, Debbie O’Brian, Teresa (George) Gallegos, Robyn (Craig) Jackson; his 30 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren and his beloved dog Tiki.

Don is pursued in death by his parents Cummings and Golda Gates, his sister Sherilyn (Phillip) Gallo, his daughter Linda Gates and his son-in-law Cory O’Brien.

A celebration of life will be held at St. George Elks Lodge #1743, 630 W. 1250 North in St. George, at 10 a.m. on November 20.

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Western U.S. cities embrace starlight to pursue ‘dark sky economy’ – Xinhua

Visitors learn that dark skies are important for the environment at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, the United States, Nov. 10, 2022. (Photo by Zeng Hui/Xinhua)

The National Park Service noted that “with the popularity of the star gazing program, night walks, full moon hikes and other similar park activities, natural daylight landscapes have become an economic resource “.

FLAGSTAFF, United States, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) — Championed by dark sky advocates and backed by economic incentives, cities and parks across the western United States are making strides to preserve night sky views .

Flagstaff, an Arizona city of some 80,000 people, has earned worldwide recognition for its innovative leadership in dark sky protection since the 1950s. On October 24, 2001, it was recognized as the first international sky city starred in the world.

The certification has spurred wonder, economic development and jobs as tourists visit the city, surrounded by mountains, deserts and ponderosa pine forests, and in particular Mars Hill, where astronomer Vesto Slipher discovered for the first time information on the speed of galaxies from 1912 to 1914, and Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930.

On Mars Hill, there is the Lowell Observatory. Established in 1894 and as one of the oldest observatories in the United States, it became the heart of the so-called “dark sky economy” in Flagstaff.

“This place is the most attractive place for tourists in the city,” John Walk, a narrator at the observatory, told Xinhua on Thursday. Even on a freezing night in northern Arizona with temperatures as low as minus three degrees Centigrade, more than 100 visitors took part in a stargazing tour, as the town, one mile from the observatory, has very low light pollution.

Compared to Cheyenne, Wyoming, a city of similar size, light emitted at night in Flagstaff was about 14 times dimmer while the geographic distance that light pollution affects in and around Flagstaff is also eight times smaller than that of Cheyenne.

Flagstaff has worked for many years to create light restrictions to protect their dark skies, such as making sure all city lights are aimed at the ground instead of the sky and using orange or yellow light instead of white light.

It draws about 100,000 visitors a year to the observatory currently, according to the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, and a master project designed to build the US$29 million Astronomy Discovery Center by 2023 will host approximately 150,000 additional visitors each year, making it a prime destination for astrotourism.

A visitor takes photos at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, the United States, Nov. 10, 2022. (Photo by Zeng Hui/Xinhua)

The center will house the Universe Theater auditorium with a wrap-around screen and the Dark Sky Planetarium, a rooftop amphitheater that will use Flagstaff’s famous dark sky as a natural planetarium dome.

Tourism to the observatory and other local attractions is the lifeblood of the business community, said CEO and Chamber President Julie Pastrick, adding that the ‘dark sky economy’ is important for business area, especially restaurants and businesses that have recently fought against multi-annual minimum wage hikes.

Modeled by Flagstaff, many communities in Arizona and other western US states, such as Utah, Colorado, Nevada and California, have begun seeking a dark sky designation of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).

IDA, a non-profit organization, started in Arizona 30 years ago with two friends, an astronomer and a doctor. Today, it has a global network of 66 chapters and hundreds of advocates working in their own localities to preserve Dark Skies.

The National Park Service, an agency of the United States Department of the Interior that administers all national parks, is also an advocate of the dark sky movement, noting on its official website that “with the popularity of the dark sky observing program stars, night walks, full moon hikes and other such activities in parks, natural light landscapes have become an economic resource.”

“Visitor facilities in communities surrounding national parks are finding that stargazing activities attract more tourists and tend to increase the length of stay and corresponding economic benefits for these communities. A small but growing number of visitors to the park look for ‘astrotourism’ opportunities,” he said.

Utah leads the nation in dark sky advocacy, with 27 certified dark sky sites, the most of any state. The University of Utah offers a minor in dark sky studies, and last year lawmakers passed a nonbinding resolution preserving the night sky after debates creating a dark sky license plate.

Torrey, 14 miles north of Capitol Reef Nation Park, became Utah’s first international dark sky community in January 2018. It is also the first national park access community to earn the designation, according to the ‘IDA.

In the rural town of just 200 people, businesses have found ways to meet the needs of tourists keen to see the night sky, said Mickey Wright, secretary of the Torrey Dark Sky Committee, a volunteer group that helps promote the city’s dark sky initiatives.

Wright told the Salt Lake Tribune last April that an RV park in Torrey took in nine tour groups to see the dark skies in a month and guide companies in the area were all running viewing tours. stars equipped with telescopes.

Visitors are seen at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, the United States, Nov. 10, 2022. (Photo by Zeng Hui/Xinhua)

In Ely, Nevada, with a population of 4,000, the Great Basin Star Train operated by the Northern Nevada Railroad brings people from around the world to this small mining town, a remote viewing area near Great Basin National Park, an IDA International Dark Sky Park.

In 2014, the first year, two train journeys carried 127 passengers. In 2021, 47 train trips carried 2,684 passengers, according to a CBS report. And on September 21, 2021, day tickets for 2022 went on sale, the whole 2022 season sold out in one day.

According to Nevada Northern Railway President Mark Bassett, the Star Train has created two full-time positions at the railroad and generates approximately US$724,000 annually for the local economy.

Inspired by the successful efforts of many cities to improve quality of life and generate new opportunities for economic development, a vast area of ​​south-central Colorado seeks to become the darkest region in the continental United States and the largest reservation international starry sky map of the world.

The proposed “Dark Sky Preserve” would cover land filled by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and stretch from Poncha Pass, Colorado, north to Glorieta Pass, New Mexico, and includes 10 peaks over 14,000 feet (4,267 meters) high and two dozen over 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) in elevation.

It stretches 75 miles (121 kilometers) from north to south and 48 miles (77 kilometers) wide from east to west, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Several groups, including politicians, businesses, federal agencies and local communities, are joining forces to push the idea forward, and the coalition hopes to submit an application to IDA by the end of 2022.

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Adams and Wilson cling to leadership roles in the Utah Legislature

Speaker of the House Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, left, and Speaker of the Senate, Stuart Adams, R-Layton, speak before a panel discussion on the 2022 legislative session at the Thomas S. Monson Center in Salt Lake City March 8. Both retained their leadership roles after caucus elections on Thursday. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Senate Speaker Stuart Adams and House Speaker Brad Wilson will return to office in the next legislative session, after Republicans in the Utah Senate and House held meetings on Thursday. leadership elections.

“I think it happened for a couple different reasons, but one of them is that I think Utah is one of the best run states in the country,” Adams said, explaining why he think all Senate Republicans who were up for re-election won another term and the Senate. the list of leaders remained unchanged.

“I think we developed good policies. We led the nation in many parameters.”

Adams, from Layton, has served in the Senate since 2009 and has served as its president since 2018. Wilson, a representative from Kaysville, has been in first place in the House since 2019.

Although he said there was still a lot of work to be done to preserve the Great Salt Lake, Adams took credit for various other policies, including Utah’s COVID-19 recovery and the economy of the state.

“We were elected not to look to the past, but to look to the future,” he said at a Capitol press conference on Thursday. “There are a few things I think we want to focus on going forward, and we’re going to continue with a lot of the same policies we’ve had in the past.”

Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, said he was happy the campaign season was over and optimistic about what the party plans to do in the future.

“As we move forward and address some of the things that the president has talked about…we’re going to find solutions,” Vickers said. “I think we’re looking for an opportunity to do generational type things.”

Vickers said the caucus could consider increasing teachers’ salaries “to an extent that we hadn’t even thought of before” and also spoke about the importance of water and the Great Salt Lake. In a press release, the Majority Caucus said its priorities also include “(cutting) taxes to offset rising inflation caused by federal government overspending, (maintaining) Utah’s economy and the nation’s best thriving business community” and “sustaining Utah’s high quality of life.”

Senate Majority Whip Ann Millner, R-Ogden, said she ran for Senate leadership to ‘be able to serve the caucus’ and ‘to be able to facilitate good decisions’ .

“I still feel that kind of tremendous responsibility, as we make decisions that impact every individual in the state of Utah,” she said.

Senator Kirk Cullimore, R-Sandy, was also re-elected as Deputy Senate Majority Whip.

Senate Democrats held their own election earlier Thursday and chose Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, as Minority Leader.

“We congratulate them and look forward to working with them throughout this session, as we have done in previous sessions,” Vickers said.

There was little change on the House side, with House Majority Leader Mike Schultz, R-Hooper and House Majority Whip Jefferson Moss, R-Saratoga Springs each having been re-elected to the sides of Wilson. Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R-Clearfield, replaced Rep. Val Peterson, R-Orem, as Deputy Majority Whip.

“The confidence of my fellow representatives is humbling,” Wilson said in a statement. “I have never been more motivated to serve or more focused on leading my colleagues as we meet the challenges and opportunities of the years ahead.”

“I am honored and thrilled to be part of this leadership team,” Lisonbee said in a statement. “My colleagues have placed great trust in me and I look forward to getting down to business and making the most of this opportunity.”

The Chamber’s leadership team will serve for the next term, which ends in January 2025.

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Zions Bancorporation Named 504 Regional Bank Lender of the Year | New


Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION) ranked second in the United States for the number of 504 loans granted to third parties by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) in fiscal year 2022.

Zions Bancorporation, through its affiliate banks and branches in 11 western states and its national real estate division, provided $189.6 million in third-party approvals for 185 loans across the country.

For its lending achievements, Zions Bancorporation was named 2022 Regional Bank 504 Lender of the Year, the National Association of Development Corporations (NADCO) announced on October 27. Zions Bancorporation National Real Estate Division will be honored with a 504 Community Impact Award on November 16, 2022.

“Zions’ partnership is absolutely essential to advancing the mission of the SBA 504 program,” said Rhonda Pointon, President and CEO of NADCO. “Their commitment and dedication help small business owners across the country access the capital they need to succeed and make a positive impact in their communities.

Zions National Real Estate Division uses referral sources from more than 300 banks and other lenders to originate or purchase commercial real estate loans – including SBA 504 loans – that may be outside of their parameters or lending capacity. The division has 7 experienced business development officers, with offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, NY, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Reno.

“In the early 1990s, Zions Bank’s national real estate department became a pioneer in lending through local banks nationwide,” said Zions Bancorporation President and CEO Harris H. Simmons. “Today, we are proud to be one of the nation’s leading small business commercial real estate lenders.”

SBA 504 loans are made by participating banks and their Certified Development Company partners. Loans are intended to finance the purchase of fixed assets, usually real estate, buildings and machinery.

Zions Bancorporation, NA is one of the nation’s leading financial services companies with annualized net sales of $3.0 billion in 2022 (through September 30, 2022) and total assets of over $85 billion of dollars. Zions operates under local management teams and separate brands in 11 western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Bank is a regular recipient of national and statewide client survey awards in small and medium business banking, as well as a leader in public finance advisory services and small business loans. Additionally, Zions is listed on the S&P 500 and NASDAQ Financial 100 indices. Investor information and links to local banking brands can be found at

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Moon Bakery is a Korean bakery in Salt Lake City | SF Mori

It is located in the Chinatown section

Moon Bakery in Salt Lake City(The image is by the author)

Billed as “Utah’s First Korean Bakery”, Moon Bakery offers delicious baked goods, desserts, snacks, and shaved ice desserts.

Moon Bakery is located in Chinatown in Salt Lake City, Utah at 3390 South State Street. The store is inside the mall across from the interior grocery store entrance. Moon Bakery is one of many Asian businesses in the area.

Korean baked goods include bread, rolls, pastries, cakes, and snacks. Although Koreans had some type of steamed bread earlier, bread was not a staple in the Korean diet until the late 1980s when a type of French bread was introduced. been introduced. [Wikipedia[

The Korean style of buns are soft and sweet. They have some softer bread varieties which do differ from traditional European breads. Korean breads are high in fat and sugar. Some breads which are recommended to try are the Sweet Potato Chestnut Bread and the Mochi Bread. They have buns which have a filling of sweet red beans.

A treat which many people enjoy from Moon Bakery is the bingsoo (shaved ice dessert).

Moon Bakery(Image is author’s)

Moon Bakery is open on Monday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. They are open on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. They are open on Sundays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. They are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Their hours may change due to circumstances

People who are interested in Asian foods and who visit the Chinatown area of Salt Lake City could stop in at the Moon Bakery to enjoy some treats. It’s a good place to stop after buying groceries or dining out at Chinatown.


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RIT researcher brings together cybersecurity experts from the United States, Ireland and Northern Ireland

Computer engineering professor S. Jay Yang sees collaboration as the key to combating international cybersecurity threats. That’s why the Director of Global Outreach at RIT’s ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute helps lead an alliance of cybersecurity researchers from the United States, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

With the rapid digitization and hybrid nature of post-COVID work, cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly complex international threat landscape. The alliance aims to ensure that advances in cybersecurity research can be applied to improve the resilience and security of the US and Irish digital economies. The partnership is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (USA), Science Foundation Ireland (Ireland) and the Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland).

“Cyberattacks don’t respect geographic boundaries,” Yang said. “To defend our countries, our critical infrastructures and our data, we must work together across national and disciplinary borders. It is a global threat.

The partnership stems from NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, which supports cybersecurity and privacy research. When the idea of ​​a partnership between the three countries to increase the level of collaborative R&D between researchers was created, Yang was chosen to lead it.

“International collaboration is crucial for science – not all great ideas and expertise exist in the United States, and there are differences in laws, public policy and culture that affect many areas of cybersecurity. and privacy,” said Jeremy Epstein, program director at NSF’s Computer and Networking Systems Division, which houses SaTC. “Programs like this can bring new perspectives to scientific problems, as well as make facilities, equipment, and data available that do not exist in the United States. Cybersecurity and privacy are global concerns, but with many variations, SaTC launches this program to gain additional insights.

This is the first three-party partnership in which the NSF SaTC program has participated. Previously, SaTC had created US partnerships with Israel, the Netherlands and Brazil.

In October, Yang led the partnership’s first in-person workshop, the Transatlantic IoT/CPS Cybersecurity Research Workshop at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. As the principal investigator of the workshop, Yang received funding from the NSF to support US travelers attending the workshop. About 50 cybersecurity researchers from 20 universities participated, including researchers from six universities in Ireland, two universities in Northern Ireland, Virginia Tech, University of Notre Dame, University of Utah and others. Also in attendance was RIT’s Computer Security Department Chairman Matthew Wright.

“Cybersecurity is one of the highest risks facing our digital economies,” said Bashar Nuseibeh, professor of software engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and chief scientist of Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland. Research Center for Software. “Its impact extends even deeper into the physical and social spaces in which we live and work. This partnership will allow US and Irish researchers to work together to give key sectors of our economies the confidence to adopt and benefit from new technologies.

Yang said the workshop gave him a better understanding of the strengths, needs and opportunities of the unique cybersecurity landscapes in each country. He expects several collaborative teams to form and deliver government-funded research projects to advance security postures for cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things. It also provides for an enhanced partnership between RIT’s ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute and universities and research centers across Irish regions.

The United States and Ireland have both expressed interest in tackling cybersecurity issues. In 2021, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on improving the nation’s cybersecurity. In the first State of the Cybersecurity Sector in Ireland 2022 report, officials recommended international partnerships as a means of realizing the country’s cyber potential.

For more information on the US-Irish partnership, contact Yang.

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McMullin, volunteers keep pace busy even on Election Day

SALT LAKE CITY — Even on Election Day, the tight Utah Senate race between Mike Lee and challenger Evan McMullin showed no signs of slowing down.

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On Tuesday, McMullin stopped in Salt Lake County to thank volunteers and persuade undecided voters to vote for him.

“We think it will depend on who votes, so we target voters who we know may not have voted and we reach as many people as possible,” the candidate said.

Election Day is filled with nervousness and excitement for candidates and volunteers. Even after long months of election campaigning, there are still doors to knock on, calls to make and e-mails to send.

“I was surprised at the number [people] answered the phone,” said McMullin campaign volunteer Lesley Christoph. “We had very polite conversations. I have a bunch of people who said they plan to vote.”

Campaign volunteers like Christoph are essential to elections and candidates.

“Democracy is really in a fragile place right now and I felt very strong if I could spend an hour and a half of my day making calls, sending emails and showing my support for a candidate who I think represents really the whole of Utah, I think it’s my civic duty to do that,” she said.

Volunteers are also grateful for the time candidates spend with campaign supporters.

“It’s meaningful for us to connect with the man or woman who potentially represents us in the Senate,” Christoph added.

As the Election Day votes begin to roll in, the volunteers and the candidate himself had a message for voters.

“Any party, it’s not just another kind of midterm phone call, it’s a very important day, so I encourage everyone to stand up for democracy and vote,” said Christoph. .

“I encourage all Utahns, no matter who you vote for, to vote,” McMullin added. “Our system of self-government only works if we take this civic responsibility seriously.”

McMullin’s opponent, Mike Lee, has spent the past few weeks campaigning statewide; however, all attempts to reach out to the senator’s campaign were met with no return.

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Police offer winter driving tips after Mother Nature knocks out traffic lights in Salt Lake City

The Salt Lake City Police Department released a winter driving video following power outages during the morning commute Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Screen capture: Salt Lake City Police Department/Facebook

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Nov. 7, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — After Monday morning’s power outages, the Salt Lake City Police department posted a video on winter driving amid such challenges.

“Today Mother Nature did a number on the electrical system and the morning commute,” read the midday social media post. “At one point, traffic lights went out along one of the city’s main thoroughfares, causing a huge build-up (of traffic).

“Look at this short video for some simple, easy-to-remember safety tips when driving in bad weather.”

Key points to remember: Slow down, use your headlights, don’t drive around a road closure, and certainly never drive through standing water or on a road with large debris or downed power or power lines.

Intersections with inoperative signals should be treated as four-way stops.

The Salt Lake City Police Department released a winter driving video following power outages during the morning commute Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. Screen capture: Salt Lake City Police Department/Facebook
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Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado flex strong rainy day funds amid economic concerns

Rainy Day Funds are accounts that states draw on during unexpected economic downturns, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Many states could run government operations on these funds alone longer than ever before due to higher-than-expected tax revenue growth and historic federal assistance over the past two years. according to an analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts.

In total, states estimated their combined savings would reach a record $136.5 billion at the end of fiscal year 2022, according to Pew, citing preliminary figures reported to the National Association of State Budget Officers between March and May. of this year.

Those savings alone could allow states to run government operations for a national median of 42.5 days, which is also a new record, according to the analysis.

Wyoming leads the nation by a wide margin. The Cowboy State has nearly a year – 350 days – of cash in reserve. New Mexico, ranked fourth, is one of four other states with more than 100 days of operating costs at 100.8.

The other Mountain West states above the national median are seventh-ranked Colorado (81.7) and ninth-ranked Idaho (76.3). Utah (36.5), Arizona (27.2), Nevada (26.7) and Montana (16.0) round out the region.

Justin Theal of Pew, co-author of the report, said policymakers now face growing challenges that will squeeze budgets.

“Like a weakening economy, especially as the [federal government] trying to control historically high inflation,” Theal said. “But also better-known concerns for state budgets, like the expiration of much federal COVID aid.”

Theal said that means states with significant rainy day funds are better prepared for a looming recession.

This story was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, KUNR in Nevada, the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West in Montana, KUNC in the Colorado, KUNM in New Mexico, with support from affiliate stations throughout the region. Funding for the Mountain West News Bureau is provided in part by the public broadcasting company.

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Salt Lake Chamber urges businesses to prepare for slowing economy

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s unemployment rate is a bright spot on the latest economic dashboard provided by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. However, other factors, including falling home prices, have led the chamber to warn Utah businesses about a slowing economy.

In September, Utah’s unemployment rate was 2.1%. It was the 19th month in a row that the state’s unemployment rate remained below 3.0%.

The troubling indicators according to the Chamber and the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute (who together create the Economic Scorecard) are falling house prices and the fact that consumer confidence remains low.

House prices in Utah

According to data from the Chamber, the median sale price of Utah homes rose from $535,050 in May to $490,000 in September 2022.

The decline is at least partly attributable to several recent interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. While the National Association of Realtors notes that home prices traditionally fall towards the end of the yearthis year’s drop across the country was three times greater than expected.

A silver lining, Bankrate analyst Greg McBride says KSL NewsRadiois that people in the market to buy a home right now have some leeway.

“If you’re currently in the market to buy a home, you have a lot more leeway to do your due diligence. You now have bargaining power that you didn’t have six months ago,” McBride said.

consumer confidence

The psychological concept of consumer confidence is measured by consumer opinions and attitudes. The Salt Lake Chamber reports that in October consumer confidence in Utah remained weak. So is the nation, the House reported.

And inflation, or rising costs, is to blame for this low level of consumer confidence. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported September 2022 that over the past year, the consumer price index for all urban consumers increased by 8.2%.

Over the past year, while gas prices have fallen nearly 5%, housing, food and medical care have all gone up.


The Chamber recommends that Utah businesses prepare for a deteriorating economy.

“While Utah’s position remains better than most states,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, “it’s time for business to develop a playbook for a growing economy. slow-down.

“Utah has many advantages to build on, such as our low unemployment rate and our entrepreneurial spirit, which can help us through a potential downturn.”

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Link Logistics Provides Q3 2022 Update

Achieved record quarterly blend leasing spreads for the second consecutive quarter

Strong and sustained demand reflected in large scale rental activity

NEW YORK, November 02, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Link Logistics (“Link” or the “Company”), the operator and owner of the largest portfolio of logistics real estate in the United States, today provided an update on the activity in the third quarter of 2022. The Company owns, has interests in, or has properties under development which, upon completion, will total 550 million square feet (478 million square feet prorated). Link’s operating portfolio is 97.4% leased on a same-store basis, compared to 97.0% in the same quarter versus a year ago. The company executed 18.9 million square feet of leases during the quarter and achieved record quarterly spreads of 51.8% on cash leases, primarily due to mark-to-market valuation.

“We are seeing healthy and widespread demand for space, high levels of leasing activity and a limited number of vacancies in our portfolio despite the macroeconomic uncertainty,” said Link CEO Luke J. Petherbridge. “Link continues to be focused on partnering with our customers to solve their supply chain challenges while positively impacting the communities where we live, operate and invest.”

Nicholas L. Pell, President and Chief Investment Officer of Link, added, “During the quarter, we added best-in-class infill real estate to our portfolio, focusing on high-barrier-to-entry markets. across the United States. The real-time data and insights generated from our 500+ million square foot platform continue to give us confidence in the favorable outlook for the logistics industry. We remain highly focused on pursuing new investments, even amid broader capital market volatility, given our unique scale and access to capital.

Capital deployment and notable activity in the third quarter

  • As previously announced, completed the acquisition and integration of PS Business Parks, adding 27 million square feet for $7.6 billion

  • 17.1 million square feet currently under construction in Link’s national portfolio with projected costs of $2.5 billion

  • Stabilized six developments, totaling 1.5 million square feet in six markets, including Atlanta, Denver, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Seattle and South Florida

  • Signature of 542 new leases and lease renewals totaling 18.9 million square feet

  • Generation of quarterly mixed leasing spreads of 51.8% across the portfolio, a record for the second consecutive quarter

Recent Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Highlights

  • Committed $4.75 million to the American Forest Foundation and The Nature Conservancy to support family forest owners, a critical step toward Link achieving carbon-neutral operations by 2025

  • Progressing towards the goal of 300 MW solar by 2025, with 65 MW of solar capacity to date and 150 MW of capacity in the pipeline

  • Reduced $3.5 million in Link customer energy spend through Link’s energy and utility risk management program since program inception in Q1 2022

  • Pursue LEED certification in Link’s active development pipeline, comprising 23 million square feet

  • Nearly 900 Link employees participated in the second annual CoreGiving Day, joining volunteers from Blackstone and 13 other real estate holding companies to provide more than 650,000 meals to help end child hunger in the United States .

About Link Logistics

Link Logistics is a leading national owner of last mile logistics real estate designed to meet the needs of the modern supply chain. The company, created in 2019 by Blackstone, operates the largest portfolio of logistics real estate assets located exclusively in the United States. As of September 30, 2022, Link serves more than 11,000 customers and owns, has interests in, or has logistics facilities under development across key U.S. distribution markets that will total 550 million square feet (478 million of square feet on a pro rata basis) when completed. Link has the scale, geographic footprint and logistics expertise, along with an increased focus on sustainability, to power the supply chain of tomorrow. For more information about the company, please visit

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There is a 100% chance that it will snow. How much will Utah get?

The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories and a winter storm warning.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Snow falls in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 5, 2022. According to the National Weather Service, there is 100% more snow on Wednesday.

Winter weather advisories are in effect for much of Utah Wednesday and Thursday, and the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the southern mountains.

The winter weather advisory extends until 6 a.m. Thursday. After highs in the mid-40s Wednesday morning in Salt Lake City, the temperature will drop to around 32 by noon as a cold front moves in. After Wednesday morning’s rain, there’s a 100% chance of snow, which can be heavy at times – up to 4-8 inches is possible in some areas.

And there will be even more snow in the mountains – 6 to 12 inches in the Wasatch Mountains north of Interstate 80 and 8 to 14 inches in the Wasatch Mountains south of I-80, with even higher totals In certain regions.

The National Weather Service warns that wintry driving conditions are expected, especially through mountain passes. And access to the hinterland will become “treacherous” for hikers and hunters.

In Salt Lake City, there’s an 80% chance of more snow – 1 to 3 inches – Wednesday evening, with temperatures dropping to around 31. And there’s a 40% chance of even more snow Thursday, with another half inch possible. The expected maximum is only 34.

Also expect highs in the mid-30s on Friday, with temperatures reaching the mid-40s on Saturday and Sunday, with a slight chance of rain and snow.

Heavy snowfall is expected in Brian Head, Bryce Canyon National Park and surrounding areas, with total accumulations of 10 to 16 inches and more in some areas. Traveling through the Interstate’s upper passes could be “very difficult” Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The winter storm warning will be in effect from Wednesday noon to Thursday midnight. In Cedar City, there’s a 90 percent chance of snow Wednesday and Thursday — an inch or two is possible Wednesday, and the area could see 4 to 8 inches Thursday. Temperatures will drop from the mid 40s Wednesday morning to the mid 30s later Wednesday and Thursday.

Rain is expected in southwestern Utah –– there’s a 70% chance in St. George Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures will drop from 60 on Wednesday to 50. Skies will clear and temperatures will rebound to 54 on Friday, 61 on Saturday and 65 on Saturday.

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BioUtah Announces 2022 BioUtah Life Sciences Awards to be Presented at Mayer Brown BioHive Summit

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – November 1, 2022 – BioUtah today announced its 2022 BioUtah Life Sciences Award winners. Five awards will be presented at the 2022 Mayer Brown BioHive Summit to be held November 10 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. , Utah. BioUtah’s annual awards recognize leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who have made significant contributions to the state’s life sciences industry.

To see the full announcement, including downloadable images, biographies and more, click here.

Key points to remember:

  • The annual BioHive Summit presented by Mayer Brown is live and in person this year. The event is scheduled for November 10, 2022 at the Salt Palace. Register now.
  • Join the celebration of the 2022 BioUtah Life Sciences Awards recipients, including Lifetime Achievement Recognition, Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Friend of Industry and the impact of innovation.
  • Dr. Dan Fischer, co-founder and CEO emeritus of Ultradent, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his vision, groundbreaking innovation in dental care, and humanitarian work in Utah and around the world.

Click on the image above to see the full announcement.

About BioUtah and BioHive

BioUtah is an independent 501(c)(6) trade association serving the Utah life sciences industry. Its member companies reflect a broad spectrum of industry with strengths in medical device manufacturing and services, research and testing, biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, and advanced diagnostics, among others; and are a key driver of Utah’s economy. BioHive is a chartered organization of BioUtah. BioHive’s mission is to provide the platform for life science and healthcare innovation companies and their employees to build community through volunteerism, education and the granting of grants in support of STEM, workforce development, DEI best practices, and economic growth.

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Democrats and tech leaders fund PAC to boost McMullin in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tech leaders and Democratic-aligned groups are among those funneling millions to Utah in support of independent Evan McMullin’s bid to oust Republican Sen. Mike Lee.

The race was inundated with outside spending, with super PACs unaffiliated with the Lee or McMullin campaign spending heavily on glossy direct mail and attack ads on local affiliates of the four major television networks in the run-up to the election in mid-term.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tech leaders and Democratic-aligned groups are among those funneling millions to Utah in support of independent Evan McMullin’s bid to oust Republican Sen. Mike Lee.

The race was inundated with outside spending, with super PACs unaffiliated with the Lee or McMullin campaign spending heavily on glossy direct mail and attack ads on local affiliates of the four major television networks in the run-up to the election in mid-term.

The amount of money poured into the race reflects how McMullin transformed Utah from a political afterthought into a legitimate battleground. The outside spending supporting him also illustrates the traditional partisan dynamic at play in the Independent vs. Republican race and the emerging reality that some Democratic Party-aligned groups and donors see McMullin — an anti-abortion conservative — as a way to prevent Republicans from controlling the Senate.

McMullin and Lee’s campaign raised $6.9 million and $8.6 million, respectively, according to campaign finance documents released Friday that cover through Oct. 19.

Although they spend heavily on their own campaign ads, polls, consultants, and staff, candidates get nudges from independent spending committees that aren’t allowed to coordinate with their campaigns.

The most active is a pro-McMullin super PAC called Put Utah First. It has spent $5.1 million throughout 2022, including $3 million from October 1 through October 19.

The group received most of its funding from Blake Murray, the former CEO of financial services technology company Divvy. Murray is among a number of Utah tech leaders and venture capitalists backing McMullin and co-hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday with former Democratic U.S. Representative Ben McAdams. The group also received $250,000 from American Bridge’s political action committee. American Bridge spent $45 million nationwide for the midterm elections and airs attack ads in traditional battleground states such as Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Put Utah First got an additional $100,000 from the Republican Accountability PAC, which also runs ads against Senate candidates including Herschel Walker in Georgia and JD Vance in Ohio.

Put Utah First also received $700,000 in total from members of the Cumming family, owners of POWDR, one of the largest ski resort operators in the Rockies. POWDR Founder and Chairman John Cumming; his wife Kristi; his mother, Annette; and his brother, David, are longtime Democratic donors and this cycle has also contributed to the Planned Parenthood Political Action Committee, the Arizona Democratic Party and Arizona Senator Mark Kelly.

The group’s ads against Lee are played to ominous music, portraying the second-term Republican as an obstructionist unwilling to compromise in Washington, D.C., and highlighting votes against spending bills that would have funded benefits for first responders and veterans.

Without mentioning their own source of funding, Put Utah First’s advertisements blame it for accepting campaign contributions from special interest groups.

The super PAC did not respond to requests for comment. The McMullin campaign said it was not permitted to coordinate with spending by groups outside the race, but contributions sent directly to the campaign reflected support from all political walks of life.

“We are proud of the cross-partisan coalition we have built to unite Utahns and address the growing issues facing our state and our country,” said Kelsey Koenen Witt, spokesperson for McMullin’s campaign. “It’s a lie from Lee’s campaign and his allies that the Democratic Party is financially supporting Evan.”

On his personal Twitter account, Lee said the independent spending attacking him suggested McMullin was leaning towards the Democrats. “If he walks like a duck, he quacks like a duck,” Lee wrote.

McMullin was endorsed by Utah Democrats in April, insists he will not caucus with either party if elected and holds conservative positions on abortion, guns and spending governmental. He is also a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump.

Independent spending groups supporting Republican Senate candidates across the country are defending Lee and investing in ads and direct mail against McMullin, including Americans Backed Koch Network for Prosperity, Consumer Technology Association, Liberty Champions PAC and Crypto Freedom, a pro-Bitcoin PAC affiliated with the Growth Club.

The conservative Club for Growth Action PAC had spent more than $3.7 million opposing McMullin as of October 19 and said last week its total spending had risen to more than $8 million. One of the group’s ads attacks McMullin’s past remarks about Republicans that led to a lawsuit. McMullin said the ad was inaccurate and defamatory and filed a lawsuit over it.

Group CEO David McIntosh said the Club for Growth Action felt it needed to spend money defending Lee and attacking McMullin given outside spending on the other side, to ensure Utah does not take away the possibility of the Republicans obtaining a majority in the United States. Senate.”


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