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AM News Brief: Stargazing at Eagle Mountain, Parade Traffic in SLC and Smoky Air, and Exercise (everywhere)

Friday morning July 23, 2021

Northern Utah

Days of ’47 impacts the roads of downtown Salt Lake City

There are road closures in downtown Salt Lake City on Friday due to the Days of 47 parade and festivities. The Salt Lake City Police Department said the roads would be closed from 6 a.m. to around noon. The marathon and other races started at 5:30 a.m. Traffic may only cross intersections along the marathon route between runners; which includes Sunnyside, 1300 East and South Temple. Intersections will be fully closed along the parade route that begins at State and South Temple, heads south on 200 East, and turns on 900 South toward Liberty Park. UTA has increased TRAX and FrontRunner service before the parade begins at 9 a.m., but buses will run on Saturdays. – Elaine clark

Looking Up In Eagle Mountain

A new stargazing park is in the works at Eagle Mountain, Utah. The city announced Thursday that it is working with Utah Valley University and Facebook, which is giving the city a $ 250,000 grant for the project. The city plans to build an observatory and increase parking and toilets in the neighborhood. Officials said they were hopeful the new park would be designated as one of Utah’s Dark Sky sites. The construction schedule has not yet been determined. – Ross Terrell

Editor’s note: Facebook also supports KUER.

Southern Utah

Businesses struggle to find employees in Cedar City

Utah’s unemployment rate was the second lowest in the country last month, but businesses are struggling to find workers as the state’s economy rebounds from the pandemic. Shane Behunin owns All American Diner in Cedar City. He said it was one of the best years in terms of business – with everyone traveling and spending money. But he struggles to hire workers, even when he says he offers competitive wages and frequent bonuses. So now he’s spending more to have the employees work overtime just to keep the restaurant open. Toro Vaun owns Donuts Town in Cedar. He was looking for a baker, but said he was having a hard time keeping people around. Read the full story. – Lexi peery

Region / Nation

Home Secretary on drought strategies

US Home Secretary Deb Haaland said significant federal infrastructure investments were needed to protect existing water supplies. Haaland spoke Thursday at the start of a three-day visit to Colorado. His comments come as a historic drought grips the American West, and Haaland said all levels of government must work to reduce demand, including promoting water efficiency and recycling. She will also visit the new headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management in Grand Junction, which was moved from DC by the Trump administration in 2019.

Where there is smoke, there is air pollution

How too smoky is it to exercise outside? Boise State University environmental toxicologist Luke Montrose said it was essential to check the area’s Air Quality Index or AQI. From there, Montrose said the decision depended on factors like age or health risks, like asthma. He said the harder a person breathes, the shorter their exposure to poor air quality conditions should be. Everyone should definitely avoid going out when the AQI is above 200. In Utah, information is available at air.utah.gov. – Maggie Mullen, Mountain West Information Office


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