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

COVID prevented Olympic gold medalist Utahn from attending White House reception

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


First, today’s weather forecast:

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


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

  1. The students of Five high schools in the Salt Lake City area staged a march for abortion rights on Friday. It was an effort to raise their voices and demonstrate their First Amendment rights. although it is not a school-sanctioned event. These walkouts are no longer rare occurrences, a reality that is not lost on the school district. But according to a spokesperson, the walkouts have been respectful and orderly and the voice of the rising generation deserves to be heard. (FOX 13 Utah News)
  2. President Joe Biden has ordered flags across the country to be lowered to half staff in all public buildings as America’s projected COVID-19 death toll hits one million. For Salt Lake City, the Utah State Capitol flag was lowered on Friday to honor the grisly milestone and will remain at half mast until Monday. “As a nation, we must not be numb to such grief,” the president said in a proclamation. Also recently announced, Utah Governor Spencer Cox released a statement saying he has tested positive for COVID-19. (KUTV 2News)
  3. As Salt Lake City continues to grow and experience a real estate market that won’t slow down, The capital of Utah also finds itself at the top of the list of the most expensive rental rates in the country. It is also the third highest on the list of the most dramatic average rental rate increases over the past two years. In numbers, this means that SLC has seen its rental rates increase by almost 25% since 2019, from $1,189 a few years ago to $1,475 today. (ABC4.com)

Today in Salt Lake City:

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

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

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

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

The two shootings are unrelated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salt Lake City received more mentions than you might think.

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

This is the case, especially on the latter.

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

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

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

Maybe I was an idiot. But maybe not.

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

What do you think?

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

You play?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Salt Lake City” by The Beach Boys

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

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

“The Red Hills of Utah” by Marty Robbins

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

‘Utah Tribute’ by Chris LeDoux

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

‘Utah’ by The Osmonds

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

“Salt Lake City” from Bobby and the Midnites

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

“The Promised Land” by Bruce Springsteen

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

“Yin + Yang” by Adam Ant

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

“Ballad for a Friend” by Bob Dylan

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

‘Brine Palace’ by the Pixies

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

“Friend of the Devil” door Grateful Dead

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

‘Great Salt Lake’ by Band of Horses

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

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

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Breeze Airways launches 5 destinations from Provo/Salt Lake City

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

Breeze Airways arrives in Provo

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

The new destinations are:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

New terminal at Provo Airport

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

Lukas Johnson, Commercial Director of Breeze Airways, said:

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

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

Neeleman added,

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

Competition for Allegiant Air

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

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

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

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


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

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


First, today’s weather forecast:

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


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

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

Today in Salt Lake City:

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

From my notebook:

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

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

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Salt Lake City Starbucks employees plan to unionize

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

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

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

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

READ: New labor data shows wages rising, but slower than inflation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workers who spoke with FOX 13 News had additional complaints.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“We really got lucky,” she said.

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

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

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

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

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

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Mitt Romney Asked Utah State Police to Protect His Family on Jan. 6: Book

  • Senator Mitt Romney was worried for the safety of his family in Utah when rioters stormed the Capitol.
  • He asked the Utah governor to send state police to his home outside Salt Lake City, according to a new book.
  • “We got the family out of there,” Utah Governor Spencer Cox told the authors of Jan. 6, 2021.

During the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol, Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah’s security concerns were more than 2,000 miles from the Senate hearing room where he waited end of the riot with colleagues.

Worried about his family, Romney called Utah Governor Spencer Cox on his personal cell phone to ask him to send state police to his home outside Salt Lake City, according to the new book. “This Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.”

“There were reports that protesters were heading towards the Romney house — their personal home,” Cox told authors and New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns. “I immediately sent the highway patrol there and we got the family out of there.”

During the 2016 electionsRomney, a former Massachusetts governor elected from Utah to the US Senate in 2018, strongly criticized then-candidate Donald Trump, calling him “fake” and a “fraud”.

And in February 2020, Romney earned the distinction of becoming the first senator to vote in favor of deletion a president of his own party because of what he described as Trump’s “appalling breach of public trust”. He voted to convict Trump of abuse of power for withholding nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine and pressured Ukrainian officials to investigate the Biden family.

Romney’s demand of Cox during the Jan. 6 insurrection was not “overheated or panicked,” since the immediate threat was in DC, according to the book. But MAGA activists had been targeting Romney on social media for months, the authors wrote, given that he was “the nation’s most recognizable Republican dissident.”

“Even before the riot, he had already been berated on airplanes by ebullient Trump fans,” the authors wrote.

When the Capitol was breached, Romney dodged the insurgent crowd in mere seconds because he was redirected by US Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman. “That’s what the president caused today, instigator of this – this insurrection,” Romney told his colleagues in the Senate hearing room, according to Burns and Martin.

Romney called the insurgency “heartbreaking” in a speech when he returned to the Senate chamber. “I have 25 grandchildren. A lot of them were watching TV, thinking about that building, about whether their grandfather was okay. I knew I was okay,” he said.

“What happened here today is an insurrection caused by the President of the United States,” he added.

Romney was among seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump in his impeachment trial in connection with the Capitol insurrection.

The Utah senator’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Salt Lake man sues city and police over dog bite that led to criminal charges

Jeffery Ryans is seen in police body camera footage recorded April 24, 2020. Ryans filed a complaint Friday in connection with the 2020 K-9 dog bite he received which left him injured and disfigured. (Salt Lake City Police Department)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man injured by a 2020 Salt Lake Police K-9 is now suing the city, police department and officers in federal court.

In a lawsuit filed Friday, Salt Lake City resident Jeffrey Ryans alleges the police department and officers deprived him of his constitutional rights when an officer ordered a police dog to bite Ryans while was complying with officers’ orders during an incident on April 24. , 2020.

Ryans was getting ready to leave for work when he opened the back door of his house to let his dog in, according to the lawsuit complaint. Ryans was standing in his backyard when a Salt Lake officer shone a light on him, told him to freeze and show his hands.

Ryans, who is black, complied with the officer’s orders and put his arms above his head, according to the lawsuit. The officer told Ryans to walk towards him, and Ryans did. The officer then asked how other officers could access the backyard, and Ryans told them where to go, according to the complaint.

Two officers – identified in the lawsuit as Nickolas Pearce and Kevin Jewkes – then circled the house in the backyard, with Pearce’s K-9, Tuco. Pearce ordered Ryans to the ground and Ryans complied, while keeping his hands up, the lawsuit says.

Ryans was face down when the lawsuit says Pearce ordered Tuco to bite Ryans. The lawsuit alleges Pearce’s order came when Ryans was “on the ground, had his hands behind his back and allowed officers to handcuff him.” Pearce continued to allow Tuco to bite Ryans for “some time,” after Ryans was handcuffed, according to the complaint.

The bite would require Ryans to undergo multiple surgeries and a permanent leg injury that “will cause him to walk with a limp for the rest of his life,” the complaint states.

Pearce was charged with aggravated assault in 2021 following the attack. Charging documents in the police officer’s case allege he also kicked Ryans during the incident, and he “praised and encouraged” Tuco as the dog bit Ryans. The same charges state that a wound in Ryans leg was approximately 4 inches wide and 3 inches long, while another was 5 inches long and 1 inch wide.

A lawyer representing Pearce in his criminal case declined to comment on the lawsuit.

News of the incident led the department to suspend the use of K-9 agents when making contact with suspects. Salt Lake City later announced that it had reviewed dog bite incidents dating back to 2018, and the police department would refer 18 different incidents to the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office for potential charges. District Attorney Sim Gill told KSL.com on Wednesday his office is still reviewing the cases.

Prosecutors later filed an additional aggravated assault charge against Pearce in May 2021, accusing him of ordering Tuco to attack a woman during a traffic stop. The woman, Nellieana Mafileo Langi, was sitting in her car and had her hands out the window when Pearce allegedly told Tuco to “hit”, causing the dog to bite Langi’s arm and pull down. The bite caused “significant” cuts to his arm which required stitches, according to the charges.

Ryans named Pearce and Jewks as defendants in the lawsuit, along with the Salt Lake City Police Department, Salt Lake City Corporation and five “John Does” who are unknown persons “likely employed” by the city or the police department.

A Salt Lake police spokeswoman declined to comment, saying the case has not yet been decided.

The Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office said in a statement Wednesday, “We have not yet received the complaint, nor have we had an opportunity to review it, and as such, we we have no comments at this time.”

The complaint does not specify the dollar amount of the damages, instead asking a jury to determine the amount. The complaint also seeks a written statement from all defendants that the policies in place regarding the use of K-9 officers are unconstitutional.

No court date for the case, filed in U.S. District Court in Utah, was set Wednesday.

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New Book Reveals the Remarkable Life of an Outstanding Utah Pioneer

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A popular saying circulating during the Second World War proclaimed “Kilroy was here”. At the beginning of the colonization of the American West, a similar saying could have been “Howard Egan was here”. More than 70 years ago, the Deseret News asked, “Who is Utah’s outstanding outdoorsman of the 1850-1950 century?” and then replied, “His name, Major Howard Egan.”

In his latest book, “Faithful and Fearless: Major Howard Egan, Early Mormonism, and the Pioneering of the American West,” the late William G. Hartley, award-winning historian and founding president of the Mormon Trails Association, describes in detail exactly where Howard Egan went and what he did once there.

In his review of “Faithful and Fearless” in Utah Historical Quarterly, the famous historian William P. MacKinnon writes that “[t]there are few major events in the development of Mormonism, the Utah Territory, or the American West during this period in which Egan was not involved in some way.

Who was Howard Egan?

“A pioneer of the first order”, howard egan is best known for being an early pioneer in Utah and for his Pony Express exploits. As Hartley convincingly demonstrates, Egan had a life of remarkable variety and adventure.

After emigrating from Ireland as a young child and being orphaned in Canada, Egan joined Britain’s Royal Navy as a sailor on a warship. He then moved to Salem, Massachusetts, where he married Tamson Parshley and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

From opening a rope-making factory in Nauvoo, Illinois, to working as a policeman and bodyguard for Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, Egan’s life has been full of diverse and exciting opportunities.

These opportunities included completing difficult and dangerous church missions, such as a secret mission to recover funds from the Mormon Battalion in Santa Fe; leading many large cattle drives from Utah to California; setting the record for fastest trip from Salt Lake to Sacramento (11 days by mule); become one of Utah’s war heroes; make the first mail delivery to Salt Lake City via the Pony Express; oversee Overland Stagecoach operations between Utah and California; extend friendship and missionary service to the Goshute Indians; and much more.

His adventures continued until he finally died of an illness he contracted while guarding Brigham Young’s tomb against vandals.

History — with a touch of scandal

Although Egan’s life has been exciting and adventurous, Hartley is quick to say that it has also included a lot of hardship and heartbreak.

Returning to Salt Lake City after almost two years in the California gold fields, he learned that Tamson had a new child who was not his. Although their marriage lasted, Egan confronted and killed the child’s father, James Monroe. At the first jury trial in the new territory of Utah, George A. Smith defended Egan on a “mountain common law” theory and he was ultimately acquitted.

According to a review by Brett Dowdle in BYU Studies, “Hartley deftly handles the Monroe murder and Egan’s subsequent trial and acquittal in two chapters, which provide depth and perspective on each of those involved. Hartley does not fully exonerate or condemn any of those involved in the case, demonstrating that each came from a difficult position. . . Perhaps more important than his analysis of the consequences for the individuals involved, Hartley uses the event to provide accurate insight into the social and political milieu of the first territorial Utah.

Egan raised the child, William Egan, as his own, and William later became the compiler and editor of Egan’s journals in a book called “Pioneering the West”.

Learn about the “Forrest Gump” of the American West

In a world that has grown accustomed to instant gratification and convenience, Egan’s life bears witness to the hard work and endurance that characterized early pioneers and settlers.

MacKinnon noted that Egan made six round trips between the Missouri River and the Salt Lake Valley and up to fifty long treks between the Great Basin and the Pacific Coast.

“After reading ‘Faithful and Fearless’ and digesting what this Forrest Gump-like trailblazer accomplished in disheartening circumstances, many of us will feel lazy,” he wrote.

However, readers will also get a better appreciation of a bygone era that laid the foundation for the modern American West.

The seminal work of a famous Church historian

“Faithful and Fearless” is not simply a family history or a biography intended for a limited audience of enthusiastic parents. While the book certainly includes these elements, in reality it is the ultimate achievement of Hartley – one of the leading historians of the steps, ways, and people who established the American West.

After a lifetime of historical research, Hartley spent the last five or six years of his life writing this scholarly volume consisting of approximately 600 pages, including over 100 pages of source documents, over 200 images and nearly 20 original maps. . Fortunately, Hartley lived long enough to see her book published before she died a few months later.

Even professional historians were surprised by what they learned from “Faithful and Intrepid”. The tens of millions of people currently living in the western United States might also be surprised to learn more about some of the historical foundations of their cities, roads, and infrastructure.

Buy your copy of “Faithful and Fearless”

The publication of “Faithful and Fearless” is a non-profit enterprise. The book is available at Amazon or by emailing [email protected] while supplies last.

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Why these animal antlers and furs, confiscated in Utah, are being auctioned off

A photo from the 2016 antler auction held by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. This year’s auction, which begins Monday and ends Tuesday, includes hundreds of antlers and furs. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

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SALT LAKE CITY — An auction taking place Monday and Tuesday helps protect animals in an interesting way.

Many of the hundreds of antlers and furs up for grabs have been seized by state conservation officers or confiscated by the legal system following poaching cases over the past six years.

“It’s quite a sight to see all these antlers, but the sad reality is that the majority of them are evidence of illegally killed wild animals,” said the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources captain. , Chad Bettridge, in a statement ahead of the auction.

The division has been running this type of antler auction for decades; it was last held in 2016. This usually happens every four years, but the 2020 auction was postponed for two years due to COVID-19. While many antlers come from poaching cases, some antlers have been killed on the road in recent years.

Money raised from the auction goes to funding wildlife conservation in the state.

The division plans to hold a public preview of all auction items at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range in Salt Lake City from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. This is where people can browse the hundreds of items up for auction.

All antlers will be sold as a set, which may contain trophy sized antlers and small antlers. Most are deer and elk antlers, but there are also moose and pronghorn antlers and horns.

The actual bid will be held online beginning on Monday afternoon and continuing until Tuesday. All items must be paid for and removed from the range by 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

The division reported earlier this year that 1,153 animals were illegally killed in the state in 2021, including 180 deer and 113 elk.

“Poaching steals this opportunity from law-abiding hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts to enjoy these animals,” Bettridge said. “We need the public’s help to enforce wildlife laws, which help maintain healthy wildlife populations for future generations to enjoy.”

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Survivors of human trafficking and sexual violence speak out at Malouf summit

Suzie Skirvin, a human trafficking survivor from Utah, says one of her biggest frustrations is that many people think human trafficking doesn’t exist here.

“They’re like, ‘Well, we don’t really need to focus on that because it’s really not happening here,'” she said.

“I’m from Alpine, Utah, and this happened to me,” Skirvin said, speaking on a panel Friday at the second annual Malouf Foundation education summit in Salt Lake City. The Malouf Foundation Summit strives to educate guests who want to get involved in the fight against child sexual exploitation.

In Skirvin’s case, there were initially no red flags.

She had intended to attend college in California, but her personal goals were put aside after she began dating a well-groomed man who seemed to have her best interests at heart.

“He wasn’t dressed like a pimp would be,” she said.

One evening, after enjoying a nice dinner, he asked her how she was going to pay for the things he had provided for her.

A man she initially believed to be her boyfriend tricked her into sex trafficking, setting her “dates” to keep.

“Monday to Sunday was my life. He controlled everything down to the color of my nails,” said Skirvin, who now sits on the advisory board of the Malouf Foundation.

Eventually she was able to escape her trafficker and her father took her back to Utah, she said.

Her mother sent her to a “trauma-informed” doctor, which is when she learned she was pregnant. She credits her son for helping her survive the sexual abuse she endured.

The three women participating in a panel discussion titled “Surviving Sexual Violence and Choosing a Path Forward” are mothers, and each said their lived experience had an impact on how they raised their children.

Tanya Gould, human trafficking survivor and director of the Anti-Human Trafficking Bureau at the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, speaks at a Malouf Foundation summit on child sexual exploitation that was held at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 22. , 2022.

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Tanya Gould, a survivor and director of the Virginia Attorney General’s Anti-Human Trafficking Office, is a mother of two sons and a daughter. She said she had worked to build her children’s confidence and sense of worth and educate them about the dangers of the world.

“I just wanted my kids to know what the world is like because I didn’t know it. I felt like my trafficker knew that I had no self-confidence, that I had low self-esteem My trafficker knew I was unsure of a lot of things,” she said.

Skirvin said she exercised ‘due diligence’ when her son asked to go on a play date. She insists on meeting the other child’s parents and meeting as a group before allowing him to visit to others without his direct supervision.

Kara Robinson Chamberlain, who was kidnapped at gunpoint from her friend’s front yard in Columbia, South Carolina, when she was 15, said her sons once asked Google who she was.

“They got the response from Google, which wasn’t ideal,” she said. She has since told them, in an age-appropriate way, what happened to her.

“I tried to have this open dialogue with them. I want my children to know that I am a safe space and that we can discuss difficult things.

“They know ‘Hey, if you’re outside and riding your bike in the driveway and I have to come in to cook dinner or go to the bathroom, you come with me. You don’t stay here because it can happen so fast,” she said.

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Kara Robinson Chamberlain, survivor of human trafficking and author, speaks during an interview at a Malouf Foundation summit on child sexual exploitation held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Utah at Salt Lake City on Friday, April 22, 2022.

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Robinson Chamberlain said she was alone outside for less than five minutes when she was abducted in broad daylight. A neighbor saw her get into the man’s car and apparently didn’t see a problem ‘because I wasn’t kicking and screaming’, she said .

Her caution stems from her experience of being kidnapped and brutalized for 18 hours until she could escape, but it’s also part of being a vigilant parent.

“You are trying to protect your child. It’s your responsibility,” she said.

Robinson Chamberlain was abducted in June 2002, about three weeks after Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her Salt Lake City home.

The women – survivors, mothers and activists alike – have spoken together on panels and television specials. They have also teamed up to develop a film on the kidnapping of Robinson Chamberlain.

Then Kara Robinson, she was at a friend’s house watering plants when she was approached by a well-groomed man who said he needed to drop off brochures for the people who lived in the house. Initially, there were no red flags, she said.

But after closing in on her, the man, later identified as serial killer Richard Evonitz, pulled out a gun, pressed it to her neck and forced her into a large storage bin who was in the back seat of his car.

After being terrorized at the man’s home for 18 hours, Robinson Chamberlain escaped while Evonitz slept. His astute observations of his surroundings helped police later locate him and engage in a high-speed pursuit in an attempt to capture him. It ended with Evonitz committing suicide.

Evidence recovered from Evonitz’s home, which police located with the help of Robinson Chamberlain, was instrumental in solving the murders of three young women that occurred five years before his abduction.

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Biotech Leader Perfect Day Opens Second U.S. Location and New Corporate Biology Center in Salt Lake City

“Perfect Day is an exciting addition to Salt Lake City, home to a rapidly growing life sciences industry. Having evolved into a vibrant campus for life sciences companies to grow and innovate, The Gateway is a valuable partner in supporting our initiatives to grow the city’s biotech and life sciences ecosystem.” , commented Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall.

New US Location Will Accelerate Perfect Day’s Ability to Scale Its Enterprise Biology Business Unit, Offering Large-Scale Production, IP Licensing, Strain Services and Other Offerings to a Wide Range of Biotech Customers , biopharmaceuticals and life sciences. Like Perfect Day’s investment in Utah is deepening, as is its ability to materialize its initiatives in terms of environmental impact. Perfect Day harnesses biology to create new ingredients that meet changing consumer demands for more compassionate and sustainable products and help companies of all sizes, across multiple industries, improve and scale up their sustainability efforts within their organization and across the supply chain.

“This second U.S. base will expand and diversify our technology capabilities, allowing us to accelerate our impact and commercial reach through the addition of new infrastructure, resources and connection to the vitality of growing biotech talent in the world. Salt Lake City community,” said TM Narayan, Chief Business Officer of Perfect Day. “This decision further strengthens our commitment to the region following the acquisition of our corporate biology facility in 2020 and the partnership with the Utah Office of the Governor of Economic Opportunity last year.”

“We are thrilled to have Perfect Day bring its mission to create more sustainable and environmentally friendly products to The Gateway and join our emerging community of life science companies,” said Jenny Cushingvice president of leasing for Vestar, the ArizonaNew York-based development company that owns The Gateway. “We are fortunate to partner with the mayor Erin Mendenhall to further its vision of nurturing and growing the life sciences industry by Salt Lake City. As a vibrant downtown destination for dining, entertainment and community events, The Gateway is an attractive location for businesses and their employees. »

For more information, visit www.vestar.com, www.atthegateway.com and www.perfectday.com.

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(The Gateway) Hilary Reiter, Redhead Marketing & PR, 435.901.2071,[email protected]  
(Perfect day) Anne GerowSenior Director, Corporate Communications, 510.849.6371, [email protected]
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Utah school districts plan to keep free lunches limited as federal aid expires

Workers prepare lunch for a school in the Salt Lake City School District. (Derek Petersen, KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Federal lunch waivers have allowed Utah school districts to provide free lunch to all students during the pandemic, but that program is set to expire.

Without those waivers, Salt Lake City school district leaders said they were limited on how to provide meals.

For example, this summer they will provide free meals, but only at certain selected sites and the fear is that some children in certain neighborhoods will be left out.

From March 2020 through April this year, the Salt Lake City School District provided more than 4.5 million free meals to all of its students — regardless of family income — under a federal waiver.

“Parents could pick up their meals for the kids and take them home,” said Kelly Orton, child nutrition director for the Salt Lake City School District.

The program that Orton says has benefited families ends on June 30. Districts across the state are scrambling to put a plan in place.

“Children will be fed, but the cost burden now falls on families and school districts to offset that cost,” Orton said.

This means that this summer, the district will only provide free meals at certain sites.

“A lot of sites on the east side where we don’t have such a high free or reduced population, they’re out of luck,” Orton said.

In the fall, students who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will have to start paying for meals.

Orton said with rising gas and food prices, as well as a labor shortage, the district will feel the pinch.

“The ability to get food and the quantities we need is difficult. We are drawing from the same pool (of labor) as the restaurants and they are also struggling to find people. Others school districts around us.”

In the Granite School District, more than 65,554 students are currently receiving free meals under this waiver.

Granite District spokesman Ben Horsley said this will continue through the summer, but in the fall students will also have to start paying for meals again.

Orton hopes the feds will give the district a year to make the transition.

“In order for us to continue, the school district will likely have to come in and pay some of those funds out of taxpayer funds that would normally go into the classrooms,” he said.

Parents will need to fill out applications to see if their student qualifies for a free or reduced price lunch starting this fall.

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Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City: Good Skiing, Miserable Encounters

Are you being offered a job at Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City? Should I take it? There are definitely a lot of opportunities there. Since 2000, Salt Lake City, Utah has been home to Goldman Sachs’ US back office and claims the company’s 3rd largest presence in North America. Both downtown offices are a few blocks from the Salt Lake Temple, the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and there is another office for Marcus employees out of town. High turnover ensures a constant need for new talent, but is Salt Lake really a good place to work for Goldman Sachs?

One of the best reasons to live in Salt Lake – as Goldman points out in their city guide – it’s the great outdoors. There are five national parks nearby and some of America’s best ski areas are within 30 minutes of the office. Utah Financiers can put their Patagonia vests for the outdoor use they are intended for. Although Goldman is unlikely to respect the ‘30cm ruler‘ where the local greyhounds take the morning to ski after the overnight snow.

The other advantage of Salt Lake is that it offers graduates from non-target schools employment with a company whose New York and San Francisco offices prefer candidates from target schools with traditional majors. Getting a foot in the door can be invaluable in finance. Goldman Sachs is very selective, and once you’ve declared work for the company in Salt Lake City, internal mobility may mean you can work elsewhere.

What Juniors at Goldman’s Salt Lake City Office Are Saying About Their Work

We spoke to the juniors at Goldman’s office in Salt Lake City about what it’s really like there. 50% of Goldman’s jobs in Salt Lake City are now in revenue-generating divisions (the front office), but there is also a call center and operational jobs.

The main grievance of juniors seems to be that, at least in operational positions, they are not realizing their potential. A associated informed us that his job involves “extreme volumes of pressing buttons and filling out checklists.” This may be the reason why “most juniors leave SLC within the first 2-3 years”.

Salt Lake City juniors at Goldman Sachs can move into other Goldman offices – more than 30 have already done so this year. However, we also encountered complaints that Goldman officials in Salt Lake City would not facilitate an internal transfer of operations to something more attractive elsewhere. It’s not easy to hire in Salt Lake City and therefore no manager wants to see a junior leave.

It’s not just the push of buttons in operational roles that puts some people off. Salt Lake City juniors earn less than their New York counterparts. Based on 2021 H1B Visa Data, starting salaries for Salt Lake City analysts at Goldman Sachs were $50,000, rising to about $65,000 for a first-year associate. Bonuses in Salt Lake City can be as low as $3,000. By comparison, first-year analysts in front office positions at Goldman in Manhattan earn salaries of $110,000 and can earn bonuses that are double their base.

There are advantages. Hours are shorter in Salt Lake City than in New York, where 80+ hour weeks are the norm. But you’ll still be working more than 40 hours and your pay won’t drop to account for the overage. A Salt Lake City associate who worked on a crew that averaged 55 hours a week in Utah told us he was paid 0.5 times his standard rate for overtime and it was “awful” . However, this has not been confirmed by the firm, and it is likely that he was working on a contract basis.

Salt Lake employees can let off steam only by skiing on double black diamonds or rock climbing in the Moab desert. Strict drinking laws imposed by the Mormon population mean there are only two nightclubs and the bar scene was generously described by a Goldman employee as “up and coming” while the scene meetings is “difficult”.

Despite the negatives, there is mobility for top performers in Salt Lake, both within Goldman and outside, and few analysts join the impression that their stay in Utah will rival with life on Wall Street. Banks need back offices and it is an ongoing struggle for them to appropriately balance compensation, career incentives and lifestyle. Citi, for example, is trying to attract juniors to Malaga to work less, earn less and live near the beach.

What should the underutilized Salt Lake City analyst do? Maybe they should turn to technology. The region has been dubbed the “Silicon Slopes” due to the prevalence of tech companies. If all juniors do is push buttons for a big company, maybe they’d rather do it in an office that’s not in the constant shadow of 200 West Street? But Silicon Valley has its own shadow under which there is plenty of room to grumble.

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Salt Lake City remains in Phase 2 of water shortage plan, as county introduces new laws

Daela Taeoalii-Tipton and Trung Tham of Salt Lake City walk through Memory Grove in Salt Lake City on January 20. Salt Lake City officials said Tuesday the city would remain on phase two of its water shortage emergency plan. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s capital will start the irrigation year where it left off last year in terms of water restrictions.

Salt Lake City officials announced Tuesday that it will remain in Stage 2 of its five-step water shortage contingency plan, citing current supply levels, stream flows and water demand. The city reached this phase last year for what was then the first time since 2004.

“Studies and forecasts that I have been following closely point to a season of higher temperatures and lower precipitation,” Laura Briefer, director of the Salt Lake City Department of Utilities, said in a statement on Tuesday. “The entire state of Utah remains in severe or extreme drought. Soil moisture is slightly better than last year, but snowpack is below normal. As a result, all projections of throughput are below average.”

Utah’s storage reservoir is at about 56% statewide capacity, according to the Utah Department of Natural Resources. In the Utah Lake Basin, which includes Salt Lake City’s water sources, reservoirs are collectively at 61% capacity. Salt Lake City relies on the Deer Creek Reservoir, especially during drought years and when it has to meet summer demand – it is 84% ​​capacity.

Statewide levels rose as part of the snowpack melted earlier than usual, peaking on March 22. But this year’s snowpack is expected to be below normal, even with this week’s storms, which is concerning.

“We can’t wait until later in the season to be proactive on water conservation. We need to make changes today,” added Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall.

Salt Lake City provides water not only for itself, but also for Millcreek and Cottonwood Heights, as well as parts of Holladay, Murray, Midvale, and portions of unincorporated territory in Salt Lake County. The second stage of the plan involves voluntary actions for residents, while municipal and government facilities will be tasked with reducing watering.

The city only reached the second phase of the plan at the end of May last year. However, city officials said people rallied when it happened. About 2 billion gallons were saved from cuts last year, which is roughly equivalent to filling the Mountain Dell tank more than twice.

“Last year, our residents and business owners were incredible partners in reducing water use in the city and throughout the valley, and I’m confident they’ll be showing up again this year to help conserve this valuable resource,” Mendenhall said.

The city’s announcement came as Salt Lake County leaders received an update on new state water laws in the state during the second class of a summit on the four-part water. The first segment of the summit focused on the state of the snowpack in Salt Lake County.

Most of the laws impacting the county this year are changes to landscaping regulations, opening the door to more xeriscaping. There are goals to reduce water use at state facilities, which Salt Lake County’s sustainability manager Michael Shea says might be a good model for the county to use.

He added that there is hope that improving secondary water metering will help the state better track all water uses.

“It was truly one of the strongest (legislative sessions) for water conservation – truly, water conservation has never been more important than it was (this year),” he declared. “We will continue to monitor the drought and snowfall levels… (but) this, most likely, is going to be an ongoing issue and is something we will have to come back to if drought conditions continue the year after. a year.”

If conditions worsen, Shea added that governments may have to make “difficult decisions” to conserve water in the future.

As for decisions now, Martin Jensen, the director of the county’s parks and recreation division, said his division is investing in the issue because it’s a heavy user of water. The department’s goal is to find a balance between consumption and what people expect from public spaces.

They began scouring all county-run parks to assess old leaky pipes that can be replaced, and they looked for ways to reduce water usage and find areas where vegetation may become dormant, a Jensen said. He added that five of the county’s six golf courses are currently using secondary water sources to reduce water, while the process is underway for a sixth.

This is probably just the start.

“We’ve been paying attention to this for years and will continue to focus on this and try best practices and ways to conserve,” he said. “We know that water is a precious resource. We also know that parks, green spaces and open spaces improve our lives.”

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A winter watch has been issued for “a full-scale spring storm” in Utah

Rob Steiner clears snow from a bench at Snowbird Oct. 12, 2021. The National Weather Service says 1-2 feet of snow is possible in the Wasatch Mountains from a storm arriving Monday evening. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY – It may be spring, but at least one last dose of winter should arrive in Utah this week.

The National Weather Service released a winter storm watch for the mountains of northern Utah where a storm with the potential to deliver 1-2 feet of snow to start the work week. The storm is also expected to bring snow to the valleys.

“Enjoy (the weekend) because your shovels will most likely be needed,” said KSL meteorologist Kevin Eubank. “It’s kind of a big spring storm.”

A small cold front crossed on Saturday, mostly dropping high temperatures on the Wasatch Front by only 15 to 20 degrees. However, a trough system coming in from the Pacific Northwest on Monday is expected to be colder and add precipitation to the mix, Eubank said.

It is currently forecast to arrive Monday afternoon evening, providing rain in the valley and snow in the mountains for most of the state. But that changes overnight on Tuesday, as the rain turns to snow.

“Tuesday (it’s) all snow, all the way down the I-15 corridor, into eastern Utah,” he said. “Then a small secondary push occurs Tuesday afternoon and evening, and that pushes things along – even the lake effect snow continues into Wednesday morning.”

The winter storm watch comes into effect Monday afternoon and continues through Tuesday evening for the Wasatch and West Uinta mountain ranges. It includes communities like Alta, Brighton, Mantua, as well as places near the Mirror Lake Highway.

The alert says wind gusts of up to 40 mph are possible in addition to the possibility of 1 to 2 feet of snow.

Most valleys in the state are expected to receive snow accumulation. Eubank said 3 to 6 inches of snow is possible for the Wasatch Front Valleys, while the Banks can receive 6 to 10 inches of snow.

Temperatures will also drop again. High temperatures will reach the low 60s on Monday over the Wasatch front; however, they are only expected to peak in the 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows should fall below freezing.

High temperatures will return to the 50s to end the work week.

In St. George, highs will drop from the 70s to the upper 50s and low 60s on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to near 70s by the end of the work week.

Complete seven-day forecasts for Utah regions are available online at the KSL Weather Center.

Carter Williams is an award-winning journalist who covers general news, the outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com. He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a transplant from Utah via Rochester, New York.

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NBA’s top Suns overcome 17-point deficit in 4th to beat Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY, AP — Devin Booker scored 33 points and the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 111-105 on Friday night.

Deandre Ayton sealed the victory on a pass from Chris Paul with 18.4 seconds left. Ayton had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul had 16 points and 16 assists to help the Suns extend their franchise record with their 64th win.

“We read the game. Are they trying to take it away? Boom, we hit this guy,” Paul said. “They took Book and (Ayton) is open. They helped Mikal (Bridges) and we hit him. We weren’t surprised.

Bridges added 18 points, capping a 14-0 run at Phoenix in the fourth quarter to tie it at 98. His dunk and three-point play with 46 seconds left gave the Suns a 107-102 lead.

“I didn’t think we had great team spirit in the third,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “Then for some reason I saw this stability in our group. We call it the attrition effect, where if we can just stick with him and trust each other and keep playing the right way, we we can live with the results.

The Jazz didn’t score a field goal — nine straight misses — for nearly seven minutes in the fourth quarter.


“We had six assists in the second half,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “The ball stopped moving. We gave up something. When you don’t have effective possessions offensively, it becomes much harder for us to defend.

Utah has lost 16 games where it held double-digit leads this season. The Suns outscored the Jazz 36-13 in the fourth quarter.

“We knew we had to take it up a notch,” Booker said. “We knew they had given up some big leads this year.”

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points for Utah. Slowed down by Bridges, Donovan Mitchell had 18 points on 7 of 21 shooting. Rudy Gobert finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

“We had no stops and they were able to run. We stopped playing like we were playing earlier,” Gobert said. “We think too much in fourth gear and clutch time.”

After both teams rested stars in their previous games, this one felt like a playoff preview with brilliant execution at times and extraordinary effort.

Showing why these teams rank at the top of offensive efficiency, there were incredible baskets until the Suns suddenly cracked down.

The Suns have long since won the top seed in the NBA – and shown why they look like the team to beat.

“In hostile situations, it’s us against the world,” Bridges said. “We stick together and grow stronger. We are one.”

The Suns finished with a franchise-record 32 road wins and became the first NBA team since 1969-70 New York Knicks to finish with a better road winning percentage than the home winning percentage of all other teams.

“We have bad guys on this team,” Bridges said. “They love breaking the hearts of fans (on the road).”

The Jazz currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference, but could possibly drop to sixth on the final night of the season.

Jordan Clarkson beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer to give Utah a 92-75 lead early in the fourth quarter, where the Jazz were one of the weakest finishers among playoff teams and the Suns were the best.

BOOOOO-ZER HONORED

Carlos Boozer, who was a two-time All-Star with the Jazz, was honored during the third quarter with a standing chorus of Boooos — as was customary in his 2004-10 career at Utah. The Jazz haven’t returned to the Western Conference Finals since Boozer led them there in 2007.

BRIDGES FOR DPOY?

Besides his big shots in the clutch, Bridges helped Mitchell go 0-for-6 in the fourth quarter.

“I’m not a politician, and I’m not eloquent about pushing people,” Williams said, “but you can’t look at the effort that young man puts in every night at this end of the floor and then does what he does in violation.”

Bridges appreciated his coach’s opinion.

“Obviously I want to, but control what you can control, so I keep defending,” Bridges said.

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Suns: A handful of Suns fans chanted “MVP! MVP!” when Booker fired free throws. … Officials called off a foul on Danuel House keeping Booker on a jumper in the third quarter, allowing Booker to make contact with a leg kick. … JaVale McGee got a technical in the fourth period.

Jazz: Grammy Award-winning Olivia Rodrigo, who filmed the musical High School Musical and its ‘Drivers License’ music video in Utah, sat courtside in a jazz singlet. … Mitchell led a rousing ovation for House after a number of commotion plays in the third quarter. … The Jazz had 33 free throw attempts to the Suns’ 15 attempts from the line.

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The Utah State Fairpark International Market will launch in May, an effort to alleviate the West Side’s ‘food desert’

The town plan is a monthly event for food, crafts and entertainment, with a goal of a permanent market in 2023.

(Stefene Russell | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nicki Claeys, Director of Programs at Utah State Fairpark, shows attendees on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, during a press conference announcing the May 28 launch of the Fairpark International Marketplace.

After three years of feasibility studies and plans to set up a permanent, year-round market at Utah State Fairpark, the idea finally has an opening date.

The international market, designed to help bring unique foods and culture to the western part of Salt Lake City, will open May 28, officials said.

“We’re trying to create something special and unique in Salt Lake City, and also on the West Side,” Larry Mullenax, executive director of the fairgrounds, said Wednesday at a press conference. “We want to create a place where business owners can sell their products. It will be a collaboration to help young entrepreneurs. It will also be a place where you can find goods from all over the world and learn about other cultures and customs.

Mullenax stressed that the International Market is not a farmers’ market or a craft fair. Its goal, he said, is to address food insecurity on the West Side, provide culturally significant foods for surrounding neighborhoods, create a destination for Utahns to experience other cultures through food , crafts and arts, and to give immigrants and refugees the opportunity to start businesses.

The neighborhoods around Utah State Fairpark at 155 N. 1000 West – including Fairpark and Westpointe – are among the most culturally and ethnically diverse areas in the state. Many people in these neighborhoods also live in a “food desert,” Mullenax said, meaning they live at least half a mile from a grocery store and don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

It’s one of the reasons, Mullenax said, that the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency decided the Fairpark would be an ideal location for a permanent market. The Fairpark is also near a TRAX station and has infrastructure – including toilets, kitchens and permanent buildings – that were ready to be adapted to the needs of a market.

The city had planned to open a market in May 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans on hold. The market will open in two phases, starting with monthly events throughout this year – with dates set for May 28, June 19, July 18, August 21 and October 29. Doors would open at 2 p.m.; vendors are expected to be seated until 8 p.m., while music and entertainment will run until 10 p.m.

Larry Mullenax, Executive Director of Utah State Fairpark, speaks during a press conference April 6, 2022, announcing the May 28 launch of the Fairpark International Marketplace.

Food will be the main focus of vendors, Mullenax said, with food stalls, food trucks and niche products such as herbs, spices, cookies, candies and produce. A beer and beverage garden will sell beers and other beverages from around the world.

The goal is for 75% of products to be authentic and handcrafted, with as few mass-produced imports as possible, Mullenax said.

In phase two of the plan, the Fairpark will build barns 8, 9 and 10, to provide permanent spaces for vendors and to expand outdoor spaces. The indoor market would be open four days a week, year-round, and the outdoor market would be open once a week, weather permitting.

Entertainment will take place indoors and outdoors and will include live music, dancing, poetry and storytelling. Other offerings would include interactive activities for children, cooking demonstrations, workshops and dance lessons. The land will also be made available to surrounding communities for cultural festivals.

Mullenax said the Fairpark is always looking for vendors, interpreters and language interpreters, as well as people who can help with cultural sensitivity, idea sharing, planning and promotion. Those wishing to participate should visit the Fairpark website for information on upcoming public meetings, or contact the Fairpark at 801-538-8400 or [email protected]

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34-year-old woman in Salt Lake City dies in fall at Grand Canyon

Margaret Osswald apparently fell near a campsite during a multi-day boat trip, officials said.

(Julie Jacobson | AP) Grand Canyon National Park is covered in the morning sun as seen from a helicopter near Tusayan, Arizona, October 5, 2013.

A Salt Lake City woman who was deputy director of Utah’s Division of Water Quality died Monday at the Grand Canyon after falling near a campsite along the Colorado River.

The National Park Service identified her on Tuesday as 34-year-old Margaret Osswald. The water quality division confirmed that Osswald, who went by the name Meg, had recently been named assistant manager.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss, and our thoughts and support are with his loved ones during this difficult time,” the division said in a statement.

Osswald fell about 20 feet, according to the park service. Someone called park officials around 6:30 p.m. Monday to report that Osswald was unresponsive near Camp Ledges, a site of stepped reddish rock slabs at mile 152 up the river.

It was dark at the time, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety deployed a helicopter to the site, where a response team declared Osswald dead around 8:30 p.m. Campers tried CPR before crew members arrived, according to a news release.

Osswald had hiked through the canyon for a river trip to ghost ranch, a popular lodge at the bottom of the canyon. She died on the sixth day of a “multi-day” boat trip, officials said.

According to the Utah State Bar, Osswald had a law degree from the University of Utah. She was admitted to the bar in 2016.

The Park Service and the Coconino County Medical Examiner continue to investigate Osswald’s death. They declined to divulge any additional information.

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Utah school canteens struggle to find staff

West High School’s kitchen is reduced to a reduced team.

For kitchen supervisor Tonya Slaughter, this presents a daily struggle not just at her school, but throughout the Salt Lake City school district. Depending on the menu and the schools that need the most help, she said staff were moved from place to place.

The number of meals they have to prepare remains the same – around 1,300 a day – but they’ve reduced where they can, eliminating menu items that take too long to prepare.

Slaughter said the situation has also forced them to reduce the number of lunch lines, creating a bottleneck where students can wait up to 20 minutes for food.

“We don’t serve as many children because the queues are too long,” she said. “So they try to go get something else, even though lunch is free.”

She said students will often end up eating a candy bar or skipping lunch altogether.

Even before the pandemic, Kelly Orton, director of child nutrition for the district, had trouble finding people. But it has become exponentially difficult since, as many retirees who worked part-time in school kitchens for a little extra cash have left and never returned. Other employees have found jobs in restaurants or other industries that offer higher pay and benefits, such as working from home.

For a while the buildings and maintenance crew helped out, Orton said, but then they were supported in their own work. Teachers and administrators also filled in.

“We work together as best we can,” he said. “But the thing is, if you have a problem with child nutrition and feeding our children, it affects everyone who helps.”

Most funding for the Food Services Department comes from the federal government, said Orton, who recently voted to shut down some additional funding he provided during the pandemic. Given the rising cost of food and labor, he said it will likely force districts to make tough choices next year.

As a last resort, the Salt Lake City School District recently released a call for volunteers in its kitchens, in addition to raising the minimum wage for restaurant workers to $15/hour. The state also recently launched Adopt a schoola program designed to bring additional resources to schools from local businesses.

Orton said he hopes the two efforts will bring more support. Otherwise, he doesn’t know what to do.

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Paul Huntsman saved the Salt Lake City Tribune – then launched an investigation into his brother’s rival

Paul Huntsman’s continued efforts to investigate the man who defeated his brother unsettled many in the Tribune newsroom. Several reporters — who asked not to be named, to avoid clashing with Huntsman — fear the president’s actions are the result of an alleged rivalry between Cox’s family and Huntsman, one of the wealthiest and of the most important in the state. Some believe the newsroom’s independence is compromised by the very existence of Huntsman’s investigative firm, which he named Jittai, using a Japanese word that can mean “actual state” or “actual condition.” “.

The Tribune used Jittai’s findings in several news stories, and Huntsman wrote two articles outlining his reasons for starting the company.

In an interview with The Washington Post, the president strongly denied using his company or the newspaper on behalf of his brother, and said Jittai’s purpose was to expose mismanagement and corruption in the public health system. of State. Some of the companies Jittai sought to investigate raised the same concern. “I’m shocked,” Huntsman said. “Given the scale of these problems, all they can come up with is to shoot my brother Jon.”

Huntsman is something of a hero among Salt Lake City reporters. His family investment trust bought the financially troubled Tribune in 2016 and three years later converted it into the first nonprofit metropolitan newspaper in the United States, with Huntsman serving as chairman of an 11-person board. He said the Tribune has since used tax-deductible grants and public donations to help stabilize its finances.

But Huntsman’s leadership has sometimes caused friction in the newsroom. The newspaper’s editor, Jennifer Napier-Pearce, resigned in August 2020, several weeks after the end of the Republican gubernatorial primary and months after Huntsman said he created Jittai. She cited “differences of opinion” with Huntsman over “newsroom coverage, management and policies”.

People inside and outside the newspaper interpreted Napier-Pearce’s departure comments as veiled criticism of Huntsman’s alleged involvement in campaign coverage. “I heard there was dissatisfaction from the top about our coverage of the campaign [and] she was the human shield that protected us from this,” Tribune columnist Robert Gehrke wrote on Twitter at the time. “Our reporters were pros and did their job.”

Napier-Pearce eventually became a spokesperson for Cox and a senior adviser. Both she and the governor’s office declined to comment on the report.

Huntsman said he “always kept an arm’s length relationship” with the Tribune’s press team regarding coverage involving his brother Jon, who served as governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009. served as U.S. ambassador to Russia and China and ran for president in 2012 before attempting to return for governor in 2020.

Paul Huntsman said he formed Jittai that year, some time before his brother conceded to Cox in July, using several hundred thousand dollars of his own money. He did it, he said, because he didn’t believe the Tribune’s 80-member newsroom had the depth and expertise to tackle the records searches involved in the investigation of state testing contracts.

“There’s a lack of financial savvy” among news crews, Huntsman told the Post. “This story requires expertise in securities fraud, healthcare fraud. This requires technical and scientific knowledge. … I would like to see [reporters] broaden their skills. It goes beyond liberal arts degrees.

With many years of experience managing the Huntsman family’s investment portfolio, he said, “Given my background, it was more natural to step in and do it myself. We could do it a lot quicker than putting it” back to the newsroom.

He said Jittai – which has no full-time staff or regular pay but contracts with attorneys for its projects – has filed hundreds of requests under the State Public Records Act to records of the testing program operated by Cox, as well as comparable programs in other states. . The company also has alleged in a lawsuit last year that Cox unlawfully delayed access to public records related to Utah’s pandemic response.

Huntsman has pledged to make the findings public. Some of the information Jittai has unearthed has already made its way into the journal he presides over.

Lauren Gustus, who succeeded Napier-Pearce as editor, acknowledged that the Tribune used information from the Huntsman company. But, she says, “we treated [Jittai] as a source, independently verifying these public records by requesting them ourselves. »

Among at least four Tribune articles that used Jittai’s material was one published last year about the main contractor for Utah’s coronavirus testing program, Nomi Health, and a subcontractor who saw its stock price and profits rise despite providing questionably accurate coronavirus tests .

This story – as well as follow-ups, including one who seeks donations to the newspaper – did not mention Jittai’s involvement in the story. Huntsman revealed his company’s role in a column a month later. (Gustus said Friday that the newspaper would add notes to previous articles that did not mention Jittai.)

In an open letter to the Tribune newsroom last month, Nomi chief executive Mark Newman accused Huntsman of trying to “question” his brother’s election defeat.

“There is a fine line between a healthy skepticism necessary to hold public institutions accountable and a purely selfish, self-interested cynicism designed to advance ulterior motives,” he wrote. “We believe your team in the newsroom should immediately part ways with Paul Huntsman and his special unit of writers, lawyers and publicists.”

Huntsman insisted that the state’s contracting and testing issues transcended any political rivalry.

He said he had begun the investigative effort to restore “trust and integrity” and “transparency” to state procurement procedures, which he said were riddled with opacity, cronyism and other bad practices during the pandemic rush.

Questions about the design and implementation of the state program, known as TestUtah, predate Huntsman and Jittai’s involvement. Tribune reporters began following the story early in the pandemic; a report published in May 2020, for example, pointed to the rush to award more than $84 million worth of untendered contracts. “Lawmakers and whistleblowers are increasingly demanding answers about how the state awarded lucrative contracts and handled taxpayer dollars during the emergency,” the article said.

As Huntsman wrote last summer in a column disclosing Jittai’s foundation, “I am a Utah taxpayer who is not amused when the state government and the private sector misuse public funds, some of which I believe went for private purposes. “

Gustus said that neither Huntsman nor anyone else on the Tribune’s board had ever ordered the newspaper to publish an article, nor reviewed a story before it was published. She described Jittai as another source of information.

“Would I like to have more people on our team who can do this kind of reporting?” she asked. “Absoutely.”

Nevertheless, Tribune reporters were recently able to push the test story forward on their own. Thursday, the newspaper broken news that federal investigators had concluded that the flawed work of the state testing program posed “an imminent threat” to public health. He reported an inspector found “contaminated” test kits on a lab table alongside yogurt, rice cakes and a bag of Cheez-Its.

None of the reporting in this story relied on information from Jittai.

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Dorsey Office in Salt Lake City Adds Leading Talent | Your money

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 31, 2022–

International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP continues to expand its popular Salt Lake City intellectual property law firm with the addition of partners Aaron Barker, Matthew Bethards, Jason McCammon and Jordan Olsen.

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Dorsey continues to expand its intellectual property law practice with the addition of four new partners in its Salt Lake City office. Pictured L-R: Matthew Bethards, Aaron Barker, Jason McCammon and Jordan Olsen. (Photo: Dorsey & Whitney LLP)

The four attorneys join Dorsey from the Salt Lake City office of Stoel Rives LLP. This group relies on the addition of a brand partner Lake Catherine Parrish, who joined earlier this month, also from Stoel Rives. Dorsey has made a strategic effort to increase its presence in Salt Lake City. With the latest additions to the patenting group, Dorsey’s ranks will have grown more than 65% in Salt Lake City since 2015.

“We are delighted to have this powerful patent and trademark group join Dorsey,” said Elizabeth Buckingham, partner and head of firm-wide intellectual property groups. “They build on Dorsey’s expertise in our key industries such as technology, healthcare and energy, while bringing additional capabilities that will help us better meet our customers’ IP needs.”

Aaron Barker provides patent-related services for clients ranging from emerging start-ups to large public companies. He focuses his practice on strategy, preparation and prosecution of US and foreign patents in a wide variety of technology areas. In addition to patent enforcement and portfolio management, Aaron advises clients in the areas of patentability, patent validity, patent infringement, intellectual property due diligence, licensing intellectual property and pre-litigation advice. His vast technical knowledge ranges from laser treatment systems to alternative energy systems to communication systems.

Matthieu Bethards advises medical device, life science, and chemical technology companies on patent matters through strategic intellectual property counsel, U.S. and foreign patent acquisition, and portfolio management. He helps his clients develop and deploy comprehensive patent strategies on a global scale to maximize the exclusivity of clients’ products and avoid and defeat infringement claims. Matt has also developed strategies for numerous opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office and other opposition proceedings around the world.

Jason McCammon advises on all aspects of patent strategy in a variety of technology areas, including medical devices, solar and green energy technologies, and mechanical devices. He has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patents, and works closely with clients to develop strategies for robust protection of their inventions, from initial invention disclosure through patent issuance. Prior to entering private practice, Jason was a law clerk to the Honorable N. Randy Smith of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jordan Olson provides patent litigation in the United States and abroad and advice to clients. His practice also encompasses freedom to operate assessments, due diligence investigations and patentability analyses, and he has experience in patent litigation and patent dispute resolution. Clients Jordan serves include large and small companies in the life sciences, medical, chemical and manufacturing sectors.

“The growth we’ve seen in our Salt Lake City office is extraordinary,” said Dorsey Managing Partner Bill Stoeri. “The addition of these exceptional legal professionals reinforces our commitment to expanding our presence in the Mountain West region and allows us to provide even more depth and service to our exceptional clientele.”

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A Chance Meeting in Ukraine Brings 2 Salt Lake City Men to a Grateful Reunion

Sergey Zasukha and Rob Sturgill first meet at a Salt Lake cafe after Sturgill saves Zasukha’s sister in Ukraine. (Adam Sotelo, KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY – There’s something about good coffee that leads to even better conversations. Maybe it’s the smell or the vibe. Or maybe it’s just a comfortable, safe place to talk about anything.

Sergey Zasukha knows all about the importance of security. That’s why he came to this cafe in Salt Lake City.

He couldn’t thank his new friend, Rob Sturgill enough. “How could you not want to meet someone who literally saved your sister and sister’s life, you know?” he said.

Saturday night’s meeting was the first time these two men had met. However, they have already spoken on the phone.

Sturgill and his team were recently in Lviv, Ukraine, helping Ukrainians in the midst of war. “We showed up there to deliver supplies,” Sturgill told Zasukha.

One day, Sturgill, who is from Salt Lake City, was delivering medical supplies to people when he encountered a woman and her daughter desperate to get to the border.

The Russian soldiers were closing in and she wanted to escape.

Sturgill said yes.

“As we started to visit her and she got in the van, she mentioned that she had a brother in Salt Lake City, Utah, and, you know, really? So while we’re driving down the road, I basically said, let’s call your brother.”

His brother is Sergey Zasukha, and this was the first time these two men from Salt Lake City had spoken to each other.

“It’s probably a phone call I’ll never forget,” Sturgill said. “Just to let her know that, hey, I have your sister in the car, and we’re going to take care of her. And so, that was kind of a sweet, loving phone call between the two of us.”

Zasukha’s sister and niece are now safe across the border.

A few days later, Lviv is attacked and bombarded by the Russian army.

“You changed the direction of someone else’s whole generation,” Zasukha told Sturgill at the cafe.

“It’s very grateful to be able to be there, to be there at the right time,” Sturgill replied.

Cafes have always been places where friendships grow, and it looks like this one is going to last.

“We will be friends for the rest of our lives because our paths crossed,” Sturgill said.

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Utah Catholics Join Global Prayer for Peace in Ukraine and Russia

The Very Reverend Martin Diaz leads a service at the Madeleine Cathedral on August 17, 2021. On Friday, residents joined Catholics around the world in a prayer for peace and consecration for Russia and Ukraine. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Catholics around the world, including at the Madeleine Cathedral in Utah, prayed together Friday for peace, especially peace in Russia and war-torn Ukraine.

Pope Francis has asked everyone to join in the prayer, named Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for Russia and Ukraineas part of a service that began at 5 p.m. in Rome.

At the Cathedral of the Madeleine, the Most Reverend Martin Diaz led the prayer as part of a noon service, participating in the prayer a little later than that in Rome, which would have been given around 11:30 a.m. MDT.

“Holy Mother, in the midst of the misery of our sinfulness, in the midst of our struggles and our weaknesses, in the midst of the mystery of iniquity which is evil and war, you remind us that God never abandons us , but continue to look upon us with love, ever ready to forgive us and lift us up to a new life,” says the prayer.

Reverend Diaz explained that Catholics believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is able to pray on behalf of humanity, and this prayer asked her to intercede on behalf of humanity to bring peace.

The prayer said that humanity needed Mary’s motherly help now and asked her to protect the world from war.

“At this hour, a weary and bewildered humanity stands with you under the cross, needing to entrust itself to you and, through you, to consecrate itself to Christ. The peoples of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate you with great love, turn to you now, even as your heart beats with compassion for them and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger, injustice and poverty”, he continues.

Throughout the prayer, Catholics said they had entrusted humanity, especially in Russia and Ukraine, to Mary, the mother of God, and asked for the war to end.

Friday was chosen for this prayer because, nine months before Christmas, it is the day when Catholics celebrate the Annunciation, the day when an angel visited Mary to announce that she would have a child, followed of Jesus’ design.

Reverend Diaz said the dedicatory prayer during a school mass. He talked to the students about being at peace with each other, not fighting with each other or bullying.

“In the same way that we are friends with Jesus, Mary wants us all to be friends. Not just here, but around the world,” he said.

Reverend Diaz said that although western Ukrainians are mostly members of an Orthodox church, eastern Ukrainians are predominantly Catholic, and many of them are said to have participated in this prayer in various congregations.

Giving the same prayers is very familiar to Catholics, like giving the same Mass in many churches, but the concept of congregations around the world praying at the same time is unique, Reverend Diaz said.

“I think the idea of ​​all praying together at the same time is the value of the sign of unity and not disunity. War is the ultimate disunity…being together and praying together at the same time in the world is the opposite of war is So the more we are united as sisters and brothers, the less war we will have,” he said.

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Suspect in Blaire Leavitt Salt Lake City homicide case travels to Maui

Suspect Katoa Pahulu. Images: SLCPD, Google Maps

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 24, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — The Maui Police Department has arrested an accused suspect in the nearly three-year-old Salt Lake City homicide case of 27-year-old Blaire Leavitt.

Suspect Katoa Pahulu, 26, surrendered to Maui police on Friday on the outstanding warrant, according to an SLPCD statement released Thursday.

The investigation into Leavitt’s shooting began at 7:41 a.m. on July 27, 2019. Police responded to a residence near 1200 N. Redwood Road and found Leavitt with gunshot wounds. She was transported to an area hospital, but died.

On February 15 of this year, Salt Lake City police investigators identified six suspects linked to Leavitt’s homicide and the obstruction of justice in the case. Besides Pahulu, the named suspects were Lachelle Fiefia, Mapilivia Laulea, Sunia Cavazos, Tevita Kofutua and Timote Fonua.

Salt Lake City police said at the time it was unclear which suspect could ultimately be identified as the shooter and which would be charged with obstruction of justice.

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Pahulu’s extradition hearing in Hawaii is ongoing.

“The arrest warrant in this case is sealed. As such, the SLCPD is unable to release details of the prosecution or any other details of its alleged involvement in the homicide of Ms. Leavitt,” the SLCPD statement read.

Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call 801-799-3000 and refer to the homicide of Blaire Leavitt.

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‘We’re not alone’: Salt Lake City receives sobering update from sister city Ukraine

Roman Klichuk, the mayor of Chernivtsi, Ukraine, addresses Salt Lake City leaders via video on Tuesday. The two cities have been linked by the Sister Cities program since 1989. (Salt Lake City)

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SALT LAKE CITY — As the violence and destruction amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, members of the Salt Lake City Council nearly cried Tuesday while watching a video update from their city’s mayor sister in Ukraine.

Roman Klichuk, the mayor of Chernivtsi, a tourist-heavy town of over 250,000 people on the country’s western border, appeared stern in the 2-minute video as he described events unfolding across the country. But he is grateful for the support the country receives from around the world, including Salt Lake City.

“We have united and everyone is contributing to the common battle for freedom, not only in Ukraine but throughout Europe. And in this war we are not alone,” Klichuk said in the video to the leaders of Salt Lake City. “Therefore, we are sincerely grateful to each of you for your support and help. … Your support gives us confidence today, and official cooperation is the promise of a better tomorrow.”

The two sides came into contact over the weekend, when Salt Lake City Councilman Alejandro Puy reached out. When the fighting broke out, he wanted to know if there was a link between the city and a Ukrainian municipality – and if there were ways to help.

To his surprise, he noticed a few days ago that Salt Lake City and Chernivtsi became sisters in 1989, through the organization Sister Cities International. The two cities have stayed in touch at times over the past 33 years, including representatives from both cities visiting the other side shortly after signing the charter.

This relationship has created financial support in the past. Utah leaders and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would continue to send financial support and humanitarian aid to the city, especially in the years following the Chernobyl disaster, as it had affected children in Chernivtsi, Puy explained.

“The ties between these two cities run very deep, they run very deep,” he said. “After 33 years, I believe they are still there.”

Despite the ties, they had fallen out of touch for some time. Puy explained that he didn’t want to check in because of politics or something. He just wanted to register “as a human”, specifically as a representative of a sister city.

Given the time that elapsed between contacts, he added that the Chernivtsi municipal government was about as surprised to hear from him as when it found out about the connection.

Sister cities are far from the minds of Klichuk or anyone else from Chernivtsi. Given its location, it’s not the center of many attacks so far, but it’s where tens of thousands of families have fled before crossing the western border into other countries, according to news reports. of recent weeks. Turkey has even moved its embassy from kyiv to Chernivtsi as the conflict continues.


The ties between these two cities are very deep, they are very deep. After 33 years, I believe they are still there.

–Alejandro Puy, Salt Lake City Councilman


As Klichuk said, Chernivtsi is “almost one of the few cities in Ukraine that has not suffered from Russian occupiers” to this day. As such, it became a “huge volunteer hub” for families fleeing the carnage.

In his video to the Salt Lake City Council, Klichuk cut to the chase, letting Salt Lake leaders know how their sister city is doing amid the invasion.

“The war has come to our homes. … The big cities of the country are now devastated,” he said. “The occupiers stop at nothing: they strike schools, nurseries and even hospitals. This war has no rules.”

While the scene is difficult, he remains optimistic about the future, which he says will remain “free”. Klichuk added that everyone in Ukraine has found a way to help, whether by destroying war material or breaking up misinformation being spread online.

“Every Ukrainian has become a defender of their land. Those people who have lived abroad for a long time come back to defend Ukraine,” he continued. “People are stopping the columns of the Russian occupiers just with flags and singing the anthem.”

The Ukrainian mayor concluded his message by hoping that one day Chernivtsi and Ukraine can quickly end the fighting and return to the nation it was before the invasion. He added that it will likely require help and assistance from around the world, but also from communities like its sister, Salt Lake City.

“We want to become a comfortable European city again with a rich history,” he said. “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes! Thank you!”

Anatoliy Garan listens to Ukraine's national anthem during a rally against the war in that country at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on March 12.
Anatoliy Garan listens to Ukraine’s national anthem during a rally against the war in that country at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on March 12. (Photo: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

Since the invasion began last month, thousands of Utahns have participated in protests and vigils in a bid to show solidarity with those affected in Ukraine. The Utah State Capitol and the Walker Center in Salt Lake City are among the buildings in Utah that have been illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

They have also created charitable funds or made donations to causes that help Ukraine.

The Salt Lake City government is still determining what is needed and how the city can provide the necessary supplies, according to Rachel Otto, chief of staff for the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office.

At this point, she thinks the most productive thing is to donate money to approved local, national and global organizations that are already doing the work to get supplies to Ukraine, given the difficulty of transporting supplies. by air at the moment.

But it was clear that Klichuk’s message resonated with the board on Tuesday. Council President Dan Dugan began to choke shortly after the video ended, and as he reflected on his experience in Ukraine on a peace program two decades ago.

“I know they are proud, they are resilient, they are strong and (have) big hearts, so we are with you in these troubled times,” he said. “Stay strong, keep the faith.”

The connection also rubbed off on Puy, who set up the connection.

He said Tuesday he couldn’t imagine what it was like trying to run a city during a crisis like the one Chernivtsi is going through right now, between accepting tens of thousands of people at a time while doing facing the threat of future destruction.

“They are fighting for their (life),” Puy said. “I hope that many people in our city can support the people of (Chernivtsi), with whom we have such a close relationship.”

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Who starts in goal for Real Salt Lake when David Ochoa returns from injury?

SALT LAKE CITY – Real Salt Lake have been without last year’s starting goalie, David Ochoa, who remains sidelined with an injured quad. So it was veteran shooter Zac MacMath who stepped in and performed admirably throughout the first three weeks of the season.

It’s unclear how long Ochoa will be out for, however, it doesn’t or doesn’t look like he’ll be back in the starting XI anytime soon after manager Pablo Mastroeni admitted he hasn’t trained yet with the team.

MacMath’s tenure in goal this season has been impressive. In the first two games against Dallas and Seattle, he kept clean sheets. Then, in snow and wind in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he allowed the first goal of the season 225 minutes into the campaign. MacMath has found form and is playing extremely well.

Assuming the form of MacMath continues, what will happen when Ochoa becomes available for selection?

“I think it’s a tricky situation,” admitted Mastroeni when asked how he plans to handle the unavoidable situation. “I think David [Ochoa] finished the season last year in a terrific way and started the majority of pre-season games, but you want to create a competitive environment. What I’ve learned from managing over the years that I’ve done this, which didn’t last long, is that you can’t fix problems in the future. Future situations will resolve themselves, and when that time comes, you will deal with them. You don’t know all the variables that come into play, you don’t know the flow of the form, the results… solving the problem now would be futile and I learned that you can’t do that.

For now, it will be MacMath as the starting goaltender and when Ochoa returns to full health, Mastroeni will assess the variables and make his decision on that. Who knows, maybe when Ochoa returns, the decision will already be made for Mastroeni.

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Real Salt Lake will return home to host Nashville next Saturday, March 19, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Salt Lake Police are asking for help in locating a robbery suspect

SOUTH SALT LAKE – Police in South Salt Lake and Salt Lake City are asking the public for help in locating an armed robbery suspect.

Detectives from both departments work as a team to find a man suspected of aggravated robbery at two different cell phone stores.

One of them happened Monday morning at the T-Mobile store at 3300 South Street near State Street in South Salt Lake City.

According to witnesses, the man entered calmly, demanded money and lifted his shirt to show he had a handgun in his belt.

The police believe it was the same man who robbed the other mobile phone store in the same way.

According to Danielle Croyle of the South Salt Lake Police Department, the suspect is about six feet tall, with dark hair and a slight build. On both flights, he wore a glove on his left hand only.

“Displaying a gun and threatening or using it in a threatening way to hurt (people) causes undue stress for everyone involved,” Croyle said.

Detectives aren’t sure if he’s trying to cover up an obvious feature like a tattoo or a scar, but they think he’s dangerous and needs to be caught quickly.

They are asking anyone with information about the suspect or these crimes to call South Salt Lake Police at 840-4000 or Salt Lake Police, 801-799-3000.

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‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ Season 3: 5 things you need to know about the Bravo reality show

There’s more to Salt Lake City than mountains and religion. RHOSLC (Real Housewives of Salt Lake City) is an American reality television series that debuted on Bravo on November 11, 2020. It focuses on the personal and professional lives of women living in or around Salt Lake City, Utah, and is the ninth installment in The Real Housewives franchise. Lisa Barlow, Heather Gay, Meredith Marks, Whitney Rose and Jen Shah make up the current cast. Mary Cosby and Jennie Nguyen were among the previous cast members to be featured.

However, before getting into the details of this show, you should ask yourself if you are interested in watching “Real Housewives of New Jersey”, “Kandi & The Gang” and “Real Housewives of Miami”.

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Keep watching this space for more release date updates as no official release date has yet been announced for the show.

What is ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ Season 3 all about?

According to Bravo’s synopsis, Lisa continues to be a busy working mother with her enterprising children and devoted husband John by her side. When the women repeatedly question her motives, she quickly finds herself at the center of the drama. Mary’s life has changed dramatically as a result of the pandemic; she was forced to close her church and started a faith-based podcast to fill the void. When rumors about Mary become a topic of conversation when Lisa’s acquaintance uncovers troubling accusations, friendships are tested. While Heather’s business, Beauty Lab + Laser, is booming and about to expand to a second location, her home life isn’t quite so simple. Heather struggles to break Mormon customs and push her eldest daughter to enjoy a secular life as she prepares to leave the nest.

Meredith and Seth are still going strong after reconciling last year, but there seem to be a few rifts in their foundation. As Meredith focuses on her relationship with Seth, she finds herself at odds with her best friend Lisa when loyalty issues arise. Whitney struggles to juggle it all, as her booming business has taken her away from her obligations as a stay-at-home mom, causing a rift in her personal life with Justin. When Whitney gets in the way of Lisa’s longtime relationship with one of her best friends, tensions erupt. Jen struggles to channel her inner zen and heal the vital bonds in her life this season, but when accusations are leveled against her, her world comes crashing down. She will fight for her life as she discovers who her true friends are and wonders who could have turned her in. Jennie, who was introduced to the group by Lisa, isn’t shy about asking the tough questions and diving straight into the drama. Jennie, a successful, married entrepreneur and mother of three, has just sold her medical spas to focus on her children. As Jennie spends more time at home, her husband Duy begins to pressure her to have more children, and when she refuses, he is willing to consider all alternatives, even a sister wife.

Who stars in ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ Season 3?

Lisa Barlow, Mary Cosby, Heather Gay, Meredith Marks, Whitney Rose, Jen Shah and Jennie Nguyen will be featured on the show.

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Scott Dunlop is the creator of “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City”. Executive producers include Lisa Shannon, Dan Peirson, Lori Gordon, Chaz Morgan and Andy Cohen. The production company is Shed Media.

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Utah ‘Dancing With The Stars’ pro proposes to his girlfriend

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(ABC4) — Last Monday, famous “Dancing with the Stars” pro Brandon Armstrong proposed to his girlfriend in Salt Lake City.

Armstrong proposed to girlfriend Brylee Ivers, 23, through a trailer he created as family and friends gathered for the couple’s special moment, according to People magazine.

Several cast members of “Dancing with the Stars” commented under Armstrong Instagram post where he announced the couple’s engagement on Tuesday.

“Yesssss congratulations to you both,” exclaimed “Dancing With The Stars” pro Sasha Farber.

Armstrong, originally from California, moved to Utah at age 12 where he began dancing and training in all styles including jazz, hip hop and contemporary. .

He danced four seasons on Dancing with the Stars and his former partners on the show have been Tinashe, TV personality Jeannie Mai, The Real Housewives of Atlanta Kenya Moore and former Supremes singer Mary Wilson.

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Salt Lake City police recover over 160 stolen cars, thousands of dollars in drugs and guns

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Being a police officer can be a tiring undertaking. Officers are constantly working to keep dangerous objects and people away from local streets.

Salt Lake City police provided a summary of figures of some illegal bounties they have collected over the past month.

With Utah Vehicle Theft Classified among one of the highest nationwide, SLCPD says it recovered 169 stolen vehicles last month. They say the percentage averages around six vehicles recovered per day.

With drug distributors using Utah “well-developed transport infrastructure”, federal officials say the state plays a “significant staging area” for the illicit distribution of goods across the United States

The SLCPD played its part in keeping the drugs off the streets by seizing a total of $57,961.60 in February.

Authorities say they also seized 35 firearms. SLCPD states that when something is high priority, their average response time to a priority 1 situation is around 10 minutes and 25 seconds.

Just another day in the life of a Salt Lake City cop.

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Opening of the IRS SLC office for the preparation of tax returns

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The Salt Lake City Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office will open this weekend for face-to-face assistance with tax matters.

The office will be located at 178 South Rio Grande St. and will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to assist residents with any tax issues or questions they may have regarding filing taxes.

The agency will not prepare returns, but taxpayers can ask questions about reconciling child tax credit prepayments, receive assistance with resolving a tax issue, tax bill, or IRS audit. If assistance from IRS employees who specialize in these services is not available, the individual will receive a referral for these services.

The IRS is also urging taxpayers to come prepared with the following information:

  • Current government-issued photo ID
  • Social Security cards and/or ITINs for members of their household, including spouse and dependents (if applicable)
  • Any IRS letters or notices received and related documents

During the visit, IRS staff may also request the following information:

  • A current mailing address, and
  • Bank account information, to receive payments or refunds by direct deposit

IRS staff will schedule appointments at a later date for deaf or hard of hearing individuals who require sign language interpretation services. Foreign language interpreters will be available.

Appointments are not mandatory.

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Whitney claims Lisa spread rumors about Meredith before rant

The ladies of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” shared their thoughts on Lisa Barlow’s hot mic tirade against ex-best friend Meredith Marks on Sunday night’s second installment of Season 2 reunion.

While chatting with host Andy Cohen, Whitney Rose claimed Barlow, 47, called Marks, 50, a ‘whore’ who ‘fucked half of New York’ long before the angry rant was filmed.

“Since I’m a pot-stirrer – if the shoe fits you, wear it – she told people before she even filmed exactly that,” Rose, 35, said.

“I’m sure she did,” an exasperated Marks replied.

Meanwhile, Barlow has vehemently denied Rose’s accusation.

“I didn’t, I didn’t, I didn’t!” exclaimed the CEO of Vida Tequila before addressing Marks directly. “I never spoke of your marriage. I never talked about you before this rant and I’m sorry it was audio taped.

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Whitney Rose claimed during the ‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City‘ Season 2 reunion that Lisa Barlow spread rumors about Meredith Marks before her hot mic outburst.
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In her rant, Barlow not only called the jewelry designer a “bitch,” but also claimed she cheated on husband Seth Marks. Barlow’s harsh remarks about Meredith came after a controversial group dinner, during which Meredith’s friendships with Barlow and Mary Cosby, 49, were compared.

“Fake Meredith is a piece of shit…fuck you! This fucking piece of fucking garbage. I f-king hate her,” spat Barlow, who felt that Meredith had shown more loyalty to Cosby, a friend of far fewer years. “[Meredith’s] a whore.

At the reunion, Meredith said she was appalled by Barlow’s outburst.

“The venom and hatred that accompanied the delivery is what resonated. I couldn’t even sit down and watch it. I would stop it,” she said. “It took me about an hour to get through it. I was sick, completely sick.

Barlow, who admitted she was in a “blind rage” during the rant, clarified that she didn’t believe Meredith had “f—ked half of New York.”

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Marks said she was appalled by the “venom” in Barlow’s rant, which also included allegations of marital infidelity.

“Do I think you fucked 4.2 million people? No,” Barlow said, to which Meredith jokingly replied, “I slept with fewer people than I have fingers, okay? So this is it. New York City is quite large.

Barlow repeatedly apologized to Meredith throughout the latest “RHOSLC” reunion episode, but it was his last apology that stood out the most.

“I’m beyond sorry,” Barlow began, also acknowledging that his verbal attack hurt Meredith’s husband and their adult children, Reed, Chloe and Brooks.

Seemingly in an attempt to justify his words, Barlow added: “Someone had just told me that you didn’t care about my renovation and stuff and I was like upset…You said I live in a house like —tty.”

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Barlow denied ever speaking ill of Meredith and Seth Marks’ marriage before his rant was captured by Bravo cameras.
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A confused Meredith insisted she ‘didn’t speak’ about Barlow’s house in any capacity, but was nonetheless miffed that the alleged insult prompted such hateful comments from Barlow .

“OK, you have an ugly house, so you should rip my character to shreds,” said Meredith, who left the reunion couch to get away from Barlow during a break from filming. “OK. gorgeous.”

Part 3 of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Season 2 reunion airs Sunday, March 13 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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Should the streets of Salt Lake have a 20 mph speed limit? The city is studying a “bold” plan

A “20 Is Plenty” lawn sign designed by the Sweet Streets group. The group handed out lawn signs at an event on May 26, 2021. Salt Lake City’s transportation division was given the go-ahead to seek a speed limit change at a meeting on Tuesday. (Jed Boal, KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY — The default street speed in Salt Lake City neighborhoods is about to be reduced.

The Salt Lake City Council, through a unanimous poll, gave its transportation division the go-ahead to pursue a proposal to lower the city’s default speed limit from 25 mph to 20 mph. If approved in the future, it would apply to all streets in the city, unless otherwise specified.

But even transportation experts who support the idea say lowering the speed limit will likely require future investment to reshape streets.

“(A 20mph speed limit) would be a bold statement, but what would really make a difference…is to back that up with long-term changes in street design,” said Jon Larsen, divisional director of Salt Lake City transportation.

Council’s decision to ask the division to investigate the matter further came after three members of the nonprofit Sweet Streets gave a presentation on the benefits of lowering the city’s default speed limit in 5 mph during the council business meeting on Thursday.

The volunteer organization began promoting a “20 is Plenty” initiative last year with the goal of reducing vehicle speeds in Salt Lake City‘s residential neighborhoods. Taylor Anderson, co-founder of the group, told the council that safety is the top priority, which is why 20mph has been generally used in other parts of the world.

When a vehicle reduces its speed from 30 mph to 20 mph, the chance of a person hit by a vehicle on a street surviving increases from 60% to 90%, according to the Utah Department of Transportation. And these are just dead. Anderson said people’s lives can be “permanently impaired” even if they survive these types of crashes.

“It’s so important to get those speeds closer to 20 mph. … There are significant safety impacts immediately without redesigning the street just by changing the posted speed,” he said during the presentation.

Since road safety is often years behind schedule, organization began tracking ‘traffic violence’ in Salt Lake City as of the end of 2020. This is a database of different automotive-related incidents reported by the media, such as times when people were hit by cars and speeding-related accidents.


We are asking for a paradigm shift. The way we set speeds in the city right now puts the speed of cars first, rather than the safety of people interacting with the street.

–Taylor Anderson, co-founder of Sweet Streets


They have found more than a dozen dead in the city and a handful more injured since December 2020 – and that’s only according to local media reports. The total number of injuries is likely much higher.

Overall, Anderson said people of color, children, the elderly and vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected. He concluded his presentation by asking council to think about people more than the speed of cars when setting streets and speed limits.

“We are asking for a paradigm shift,” he said. “The way we set speeds in the city at the moment, it prioritizes the speed of cars, rather than the safety of people interacting with the street. By making this change, you have the opportunity to change that .”

It should be noted that the city has started reducing speed on some streets to 20 mph. These include parts of West Temple and 1300 South. Other streets, like 400 southwest of I-15 and 900 west, may also soon be added to the list.

The default limit is not universal, however, which Sweet Streets claims.

“There’s a kind of 1900s politics that we’re slowly moving away from as an industry,” Larsen said. “We don’t try to do everything at once, but just assess where appropriate.”

While supportive of the concept his division is already considering, Larsen doesn’t think a lower speed limit alone will make much of a difference. He sees the speed limit as a “symbolic” measure and less as an incentive for drivers to slow down.

However, he said it could be a good conversation starter for other tactics to make streets safer in neighborhoods, including finding ways to disrupt street design that is more “human-centric.” “as they were before motor vehicles. Once the streets are different enough, he said drivers will be encouraged to drive slower.

Anderson agrees. He thinks that street design, such as street width, lanes and speed bumps, all contribute to influencing driving speeds more than speed limits, but a reduction in limits defines at least an expectation. The organization even held a march last week, which ended with the delivery of a petition to Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall calling for an overhaul of 200 South to include bus-only lanes.

Regarding the 20mph proposal, some council members said there needed to be community buy-in and awareness for any changes. For example, Councilwoman Victoria Petro-Eschler expressed concern that people may end up getting more speeding tickets because they are unaware of a new speed limit.

The idea also has the “full support” of members like Councilor Ana Valdemoros.

“I have too many constituents telling me tragic stories and how they would benefit,” she said.

No deadline has been set for the Transportation Division to investigate the matter. If the division recommends a change, the board will have the final say before it is implemented.

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Salt Lake City mother grapples with unexpected rent hike

SALT LAKE CITY – Finding housing in Salt Lake City is hard enough, whether residents are buying or renting. But a woman is speaking out after learning her rent will go up by around $500 next month.

There is currently a 2% vacancy rate in the city, but in a healthy market that number should be closer to 5%.

“I don’t know how anyone can afford it. And then having to try to move, to find something different, where else am I going to go,” said the single mother, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.

The woman who lives on the west side of town said she had lived in her apartment for two years and was ready for a rent increase, but was shocked at how much it had gone up.

“It’s way more than 12%, which is pretty normal, but it’s way closer to 50%,” the woman said.

Before the increase, she said she was paying about $959 a month, but now she will pay more than $1,400.

“I will try to work 60 hours a week. The girls there, they felt bad, they felt bad…they said there was nothing we could do, everyone was feeling it, I didn’t expect to feel it so bad,” he said. she declared.

A notice from the apartment complex claims that the prices are increasing every day.

“It’s cheaper for me, it says here, to be here for six months, they want me out because they want to renovate it so they can charge more,” the woman added.

And with virtually no vacancies, someone would fill their position at the complex almost immediately.

“Probably 5-10 people in their office have lined up wanting a space, so they’re feeling this outside pressure from people who want these units and so to get things done, they’re passing on the cost,” Dejan Eskic said.

Eskic, who specializes in housing and real estate research, said while house prices took off at the start of the pandemic, rents have remained fairly stable. But in 2021, rents started to catch up.

“It’s uncharted territory in terms of rent growth, but at the same time when we look at the demographics, the demand and the lack of supply, it makes sense,” Eskic said.

Lack of manpower, lack of lumber, lack of inventory are all contributing factors and will certainly not have an overnight solution.

Eskic said if you can, become an advocate for more housing in your community.

“Another thing that’s holding us back is us, when we see more housing on offer, we tend to oppose it,” Eskic said. “Some of our stereotypes and misconceptions about density just aren’t true, they’re leftovers from the bad government projects of the 70s and 80s, and that’s really changed in the last 10 to 15 years.

FOX 13 News has contacted the apartment complex where the rent increases are scheduled. The employees wouldn’t comment on camera, but said what they were doing was completely legal and was just in response to current market conditions.

Eskic said nationally about 16% of renters are behind on rent, but in Utah that number is closer to just 6%.

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Here are the 14 Salt Lake City schools proposed for possible boundary changes or closures

The proposed list is on the agenda for the Tuesday school board meeting.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mr. Lynn Bennion Elementary School in Salt Lake City is featured in 2019, when it was proposed for closure. School board members decided to keep the school open, but it is now on a proposed new study list of schools that might be considered for boundaries or closure.

In the face of declining enrollment that accelerated in the fall of 2020, Salt Lake City School Board members began the process of evaluating schools for potential boundary changes or closures.

Council members asked Superintendent Timothy Gadson to develop a study list earlier this month, after hearing that the expected continued decline in enrollment next year would support 76.5 fewer teaching positions, according to its school staffing formula. The council voted to cut 42 jobs instead, which district officials expect to be able to do through retirements and attrition, without layoffs.

Tuesday’s board meeting agenda includes a proposed study list in Gadson by Paul Schulte, Executive Director of District Auxiliary Services, Feb. 17. He suggests rating 14 elementary schools into five groups, based on building age, enrollment, usage, and proximity to other schools. Franklin Elementary School is the only school listed in multiple groups.

(The original list released by the district incorrectly included Wasatch Elementary twice and omitted Washington Elementary. This story has been updated to reflect and link to the corrected list.)

(Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Schulte’s list will be presented for further questions and advice from council members on Tuesday, district spokesman Yándary Chatwin said.

Under district procedures for boundary changes and school closuresGadson was expected to gather information to present to the board by the end of February.

The next step outlined in the procedure is for the board to approve an official study list, and then from March through May, district staff would meet with representatives from each school. From May to June, an options committee – convened by Gadson – would develop a list of suggestions he considers viable, for presentation to the board in July.

The Gadson-appointed options committee may create a different list than Schulte’s proposal, Chatwin noted.

School board members are not expected to comment on Schulte’s list at their Tuesday meeting, Chatwin said. Her suggestion to assess schools in clusters allows the board to consider the impact closing one school would have on others around it, she added.

Some schools on Schulte’s list offer unique options that may need to migrate elsewhere if closed. For example, Franklin and Emerson Elementary Schools offer special education programs. Mary W. Jackson, Emerson, and Hawthorne Elementary Schools offer dual-immersion Spanish learning. Emerson’s program is also part of the district’s gifted classes, known as the Extended Learning Program, and Hawthorne is also a loving ELP school.

Several of the schools on the proposed new list were evaluated in 2019 by a committee of district employees and parents. The group suggested the closure of Mr. Lynn Bennion Elementary, located near downtown at 429 S. 800 East.

Although the school board did not close Bennion at this time, his enrollment continued to decline, and he is on the proposed new list of studies.

Bennion and six other schools on the proposed new list were identified as “underutilized” in the 2019 review, meaning they can accommodate an additional 250 or more students. These schools are Ensign, Franklin, Nibley Park, Parkview, Riley, and Washington.

Bennion, Edison and Riley are the three Salt Lake City elementary schools on the proposed list where all students come from low-income families. (There are five such elementary schools in the district, including Liberty and Meadowlark, according to the district. 2021 Enrollment Report.)

Bennion parents, teachers and students opposed the suggested closure at an emotional meeting in February 2019. They told the council that more than a quarter of Bennion students were homeless and that at least 30 children lived in the nearby women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence. a few blocks. Nearly 65% ​​of the students belonged to minorities.

As a Title I school, Bennion receives additional federal funding due to its proportion of low-income families—one of several such schools on the proposed new list.

(Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Resources

• District neighborhood maps and the school board member from each constituency.

• The neighborhood procedures for reviewing boundary changes and school closures.

• The District’s Fall 2021 Enrollment Report. The numbers for each school are usually slightly lower than the numbers used in a more recent budget report to the blackboard.

• The 2019 Fair Use of Buildings report.

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Latest cut shows Salt Lake City is plagued by poor homelessness policy

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City Police participate in the clearance of Fort Pioneer, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022.

Recently, I witnessed another example of the failure of Salt Lake City‘s homeless policy when the residents of Fort Pioneer were evicted. The reduction of the camp, under an anonymous, industrial overpass far removed and ironically within sight of the Deseret Industries “welfare plaza” silo, displaced more than a hundred people.

Some people left early for the sake of self-preservation, but many couldn’t or simply refused. Living on the streets cost these workers and all those who refused to be evicted their means of survival – tents and warm bedding, work tools and clothing, and anything else worth preserved, from life-saving medicines to the ashes of family members, even the identification needed to access future services.

And what is the cost to taxpayers of this abuse of power? We will never know the true cost of the countless cops in bulletproof vests doing the time and a half, the multiple dump trucks driving back and forth to the dump, the tow trucks dragging cars and RVs to pounds already overcrowded with other roaming city sweeps, health department and pickups. All those resources we repeatedly assign to repeatedly disrupt the lives of a few wandering humans and then do it again next week. The dollar cost of each operation is surely measured in the hundreds of thousands, not to mention the fundraisers that follow for impound fees and bail. The emotional trauma and fallout of losing your home and having nothing is even harder to measure, let alone overcome.

Mayor Mendenhall blames other towns in the valley for kicking the homeless. Other valley mayors blame the state legislature or the health department for the cuts. If you ask around enough, the swipes would seem like nobody’s responsibility.

But the police don’t fund themselves, they tend to do as they are told.

Although no one with the required power wanted to stop this particular reduction (despite only four shelter beds available that day), the recent sweep was just one of many, and it won’t be. surely not the last. The evictees are probably camping in another unnamed location; I hope their sleep will not be interrupted.

Rather than continuing to spend taxpayers’ money on police-enforced sanitation cuts, why not just provide the missing services such as bathrooms and showers, trash removal, tents and electric blankets? ?

Jake Trimble, Salt Lake City

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Police link unsolved murder to Salt Lake market shooting

Unified Police say the shooting death of Akosita Kaufusi, whose body was found near Saltair in Magna in 2020, is linked to a shooting at a Salt Lake City market days earlier. (Carissa Hutchinson, KSLTV)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Unified Police say they believe an unsolved homicide and a shooting at a Salt Lake market days earlier are related.

But detectives are not revealing many other details about the connection between the murder of Akosita Kaufusi, 42, whose body was found by a jogger near the Great Saltair in 2020, and a shooting that occurred at around the same time at the K&K African Market, 996 S. Redwood Road.

Police said, however, that Kaufusi frequently visited this market.

Kaufusi’s body was discovered on August 29, 2020, just off Frontage Road near Saltair. An autopsy determined that she had been shot in the head and had been dead for several days before her body was discovered. No one has been arrested in this case, despite a $5,000 reward being offered for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible.

On Thursday, Unified Police released a brief statement saying detectives “linked” Kaufusi’s shooting death to a shooting at the K&K Market on August 9, 2020.

Police were called to the market at around 6.20am after being informed of a shooting. The victim, however, claimed his injury was caused by falling on rebar, according to a Salt Lake Police Watch Log report.

“Witnesses at the scene said there was an argument between the victim and several Polynesian men and heard what sounded like a gunshot,” the report said.

The man was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Detectives recovered a casing from the scene.

Police have not explained why they believe the two incidents are linked. However, Unified Police issued a public appeal on Thursday asking anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

According to police reports, Salt Lake City officers also responded to a report of shots being fired in the K&K market two days earlier on August 7, 2020.

“When they arrived, they were unable to locate a victim or find any witnesses. A casing was located at the scene. Shortly after, a gunshot victim arrived at a local hospital. Officers n ‘were unable to interview the victim,’ according to a watchdog report.

Unified Police detectives have interviewed several people since Kaufusi’s death. Family members told investigators that Kaufusi had been missing for two weeks before her body was discovered, which was “out of the ordinary” for her because “she is usually at the African market and easy to find”, according to the sources. search warrant affidavits.

Based on the evidence gathered so far, detectives believe Kaufusi was killed around or shortly after August 14, 2020. Unified Police acknowledged Friday that Kaufusi and her associates were often at the K&K Market, but do not believe she was shot there.

Several people interviewed by police said Kaufusi was killed “because she had a drug debt or was robbed and killed for drugs, and/or both,” the warrants say. Unified Police said as of Friday no such motive had been confirmed or ruled out.

Police were also told by multiple people that Kaufusi “had a physical fight a few days before she was last seen alive around the day of August 13,” according to one of the warrants.

Anyone with information about Kaufusi’s death is asked to call police at 801-743-7000.

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Salt Lake City drops blasting plan as end of Raging Waters demolition nears

The abandoned Raging Rivers water park on Wednesday afternoon. The contractors were originally scheduled to begin blasting on Wednesday, but that idea was scrapped following feedback from neighborhood residents. (Chopper 5, KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Contractors begin work this week to remove one of the last — and trickiest — parts of the ongoing demolition of the former Raging Rivers water park in the Glendale neighborhood.

The park’s old pools were made of thick concrete that sank deep into the ground. In fact, the Salt Lake City Department of Parks and Public Lands announced last week that contractors would have to blast the area starting Wednesday due to thick concrete.

However, this idea was dropped following comments from the neighborhood over the past few days, which expressed concern about the noise and shaking the blasting would cause. Instead, construction crews use backhoes and jackhammers to complete the difficult concrete removal.

Raging Waters, also known as Seven Peaks Salt Lake, closed in 2018. It quickly became an eyesore and an area of ​​increased crime in the city, leading to the decision to tear it down. The city began its demolition in October; Wednesday, there are still a few slides left but most have been dismantled at the demolition site.

Months before demolition, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall proposed turning the 17-acre lot near 1700 south and 1200 west into a regional park, similar to Liberty or Sugar House parks in the eastern part of the town.

This vision is still the expected future of the region.

Nancy Monteith, senior landscape architect for Salt Lake City‘s engineering division, told KSL-TV on Wednesday that she hopes the city will have two or three concept plans to share with residents in a few weeks. The land is already located next to the Glendale Golf Course and the Jordan River Parkway. There is a small neighborhood park just north of this that the popular trail crosses.

The city has already spent $3.2 million on the site’s initial development, using impact fees, Monteith added. Fees are one-time developer payments for each new building in the city that can only be used for certain sources, such as parks.

“We’re really excited about this project,” she said. “When you look at all these spaces aggregated, they’re really like a regional attraction.”

The final plan will likely require more money, which is why Mendenhall requested $10 million for the project last year. The mayor explained at the time that the way the city received federal funding for the park in the past required it to remain a park “in perpetuity,” meaning the land cannot be developed for housing. or commercial spaces.

Regarding the current phase of demolition, residents with concerns or questions regarding the blasting are encouraged to call 385-495-5323.

Contributor: Jed Boal

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Utah Police: Man Tells 4-Year-Old To Shoot Officers

Police believe a man told his 4-year-old to shoot officers following a dispute over his order at a McDonald’s drive-thru in suburban Salt Lake City

MIDVALE, Utah — Investigators believe a man told his 4-year-old to shoot officers following a dispute over his order at a McDonald’s drive-thru in suburban Salt Lake City on Monday, a announced the police. An officer was able to hit the gun as it was fired, directing the bullet away.

The unidentified man brandished a gun at the Midvale restaurant’s pickup window, demanding that his order be corrected, Unified Police Department spokesman Sgt. Melody Cutler, said . After workers asked her to go to a holding area while they corrected her order, they called the police, she said.

The man did not cooperate and had to be removed from the car, Cutler said. But, as officers took the man into custody, one of them looked back and saw a gun pointed from a rear window, she said. The officer who slid the gun aside as it fired also shouted “kid” at other officers after seeing how young the shooter was, Cutler said.

A witness observed the man tell the 4-year-old, who was in the back seat with a 3-year-old brother, to fire the gun, Cutler said. She declined to elaborate.

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said it was a sad day for law enforcement and the community.

“The fact that an adult thinks it’s okay to encourage a four-year-old to pull out a gun and shoot the police illustrates how out of control the campaign against the police has gotten,” he said. she declared.

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Salt Lake City shooting leaves man in serious condition

SALT LAKE CITY — A man was taken to hospital in serious condition after a shooting in Salt Lake City on Saturday night.

Police report that around 5.30pm teams were dispatched to 25 North Redwood Road following a call that a person had been shot.

Initially, when they arrived at the scene, officers reportedly found a man inside a vehicle with a “shooting-related injury”.

Based on the initial investigation, it appeared the suspect or suspects fired from a vehicle and then left the scene, police report.

In an update later Saturday night, Salt Lake police reported that the man was not directly shot, but rather had cuts from broken glass during the shooting.

Police also said that after being treated in hospital, the man was released.

Officers have identified two crime scenes associated with the incident. One stage is located at North Temple and North Cornell Street, and the other is located at 1530 West North Temple.

Police have not yet been able to verify a suspect.

Exactly what happened on each of the individual scenes was not made immediately available. The identity of the man who was shot has also not been released.

Police are asking anyone with information, photos or video related to the shooting to call 801-799-3000 and referral case 22-31030.

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See the latest $20 million vision for Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park upgrade

New plans call for the addition of trees, a clubhouse, and pickleball and basketball courts, while improving walkways and spaces for the popular downtown farmers’ market.

(Salt Lake City) A conceptual vision of improvements to Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City, a glimpse of the renovated park looking south.

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Salt Lake City is finalizing a new $20 million vision for the renovation of Pioneer Park as the downtown area surrounding it continues to grow in population.

The latest of many plans for this premier urban green space was presented to a positive but cautious city council this week. Concepts developed by city staff and the Salt Lake City-based design studio — and gleaned from public feedback — include new groves of trees, remodeled walkways, better lighting, a performance pavilion , additional sports facilities and other amenities intended to make the 10-acre park more inclusive and attractive.

There would also be a new drought-sensitive water misting feature, a playground, two new nearby transit stations and improved spaces for the park’s popular downtown farmers’ market, according to reports. newer concepts, which city officials say are still being worked on.

(Salt Lake City) A conceptual vision for improvements to Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City. (1) A water mist feature. (2) and (3) signs. (4) transit station stops. (5) self-cleaning toilets.

It’s the oldest park in Utah’s capital, with 175 years of history and a reputation in recent decades for being run down and prone to crime and vagrancy. After many discussions and several proposals for improvement put aside since 2003, these plans could become reality as early as 2023.

Assuming, that is, the city leaders choose to allocate the money.

“The project looks amazing,” said new council member Alejandro Puy, representing District 2 on the West Side. “Hopefully we can do that.”

The area has added more residents since 2010 than any other part of the city, and at least 1,016 more homes are now planned within a 15-minute walk of the block-sized park. Still, parks in general remain scarce in the urban core and rising land values ​​are making it harder for the city to create new green spaces, according to city manager Kristin Riker. Public Lands Department.

(Salt Lake City) A conceptual vision for improvements to Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City. This east-facing view illustrates some of the plan’s visions for the downtown farmers’ market.

Residents of the park and across the city have consistently been supportive of its improvement in a series of surveys. The latest survey reveals that half of those questioned are extremely or somewhat dissatisfied with the park in its current state.

The latest plan, Riker said, focuses on improving the park’s natural features with more shade trees planted than would be removed and new expanses of natural vegetation. The upgrades would also aim to increase comfort in hopes of attracting more visitors, with new seating, toilets, a cafe and a ranger station.

Security would also be enhanced, Riker said, with more round-the-clock operations, staff, and designs that provide open sightlines across the park. And there would be new basketball and pickleball courts, lawn games and improvements to the dog park.

“This will truly be your downtown park,” Riker added, echoing the city’s theme as he solicited public input on his new designs.

(Salt Lake City) A conceptual vision for improvements to Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City. This southeast view shows part of a proposed pavilion and reconfigured walkways.

History also looms large in the city. External consultants made Pioneer Park the subject of the very first “Cultural Landscape Report”, detailing its rich past as a guide for future upgrades. Plans for the park will get their second airing before the city Historic Monuments Commission early March.

The city has $3.4 million in park impact fees charged to developers, which could help propel Pioneer Park’s new vision, Riker said. The wave of downtown apartment construction could generate an additional $2.9 million in costs.

Meanwhile, discussions are underway at City Hall about putting a new bond in front of voters to help pay for a host of new open-air amenities, including Pioneer Park. Regardless of the city’s efforts, businesses supported Pioneer Park Coalition is seeking an additional $15 million for the park from the Utah Legislature.

(Salt Lake City) A conceptual vision for improvements to Pioneer Park in downtown Salt Lake City. This north-facing view depicts a proposed concert and event pavilion in the park.

Coalition lobbyist Scott Howell said Pioneer Park’s request has so far received a mixed reception from state budget lawmakers as they approach their March 4 adjournment. But the idea, Howell said, is that any money from state coffers would be matched by surrounding business owners.

“We’re not there yet,” Riker said of the $15 million request. “We are still waiting to see if the funds arrive.”

For its part, Salt Lake City is expected to incur new Pioneer Park spending as part of its annual program. capital improvement budget — and it is not done.

While receptive to the new vision, Puy and other council members said Tuesday that before allocating additional funds to Pioneer Park, they wanted to balance the budgetary needs of other city parks. Also vying on that priority list, they said, are Allen Park on the east side; a new regional park being considered to replace the now closed Glendale Water Park on the west side; and the possibility of creating new public green space on the city-owned Fleet Block on the eastern edge of the Granary district.

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#13 Oregon State Heads to Salt Lake City for Showdown at #4 Utah

CORVALLIS, Oregon- Thirteenth-ranked Oregon State Gymnastics is set for its first of the final three road clashes of the season when the Beavers travel to Salt Lake City this Friday, Feb. 18, to take on No. 4. The Beavers (6-1) and Utes (7-1) face off at 5:00 p.m. PT inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with Jim Watson and Amanda Borden at the call.

THE BEAVES IN THE CLASSIFICATION
The Beavers remain 13th after last weekend’s 197.275 performance against Washington, averaging 196.755 in their fifth week of competition. Next week, the ranking will change to the National Qualifying Score (NQS). A team’s NQS is calculated by taking the season’s six highest scores, three of which must be road scores, removing the highest score, and averaging the other five. As a result, the Oregon State team and individuals will not be ranked until March 7. The Orange and Blacks are ranked sixth on floor, tenth on vault, No. 14 on beam and moved up to No. 24 on bars. Individually, Jade Carey ranks first in the nation in all-around with an average of 39.760 while being No. 1 on bars, No. 3 on floor, No. 6 on balance beam and No. 9 on vault. Kaitlyn Yanish and Madi Dagen are tied for 39th on floor while Yanish holds sole possession at 39 on vault.

WEEK FIVE QUICK STICKS

At its annual “Dam Change” meeting on Sunday, February 13, Oregon State finished with its second-highest score of the 2022 campaign 197.275 to defeat Washington and move to 6-0 at home… Jade Carey won three individual titles in the all-around (39.750), bars (9.975) and floor (10.0) and ended her 18-event streak of 9.9… the Olympic gold medalist now holds 23 titles individual… senior Madi Dagen nearly matched his career-high all-around with a 39.525 which was highlighted by the title on beam (9.925) and tied a career-high on floor (9.925)… rookie Lauren Letzsch added career highs on vault (9.85) and floor (9.925) and senior Kaitlyn Yanish posted a career-high 9.975 on floor … with help from Carey, Yanish, Dagen and Letzsch, the Beavers were just .025 away from tying the floor program record with a 39.675 on Sunday.

SEASONAL QUICK STICKS

OSU hit 113 of 120 routines this season… Gymnasts who hit every routine arand kayla bird (ten) Carley Beeman (4-4), Jade Carey (20-20), Karlie Chavez (5-5), Sydney Gonzales (15-15), Lauren Letzsch (15-15) and Kaitlyn Yanish (10-10) … The individual event winners this season are Carey (23), Madi Dagen (1) and Domingo (1).

UTAH SERIES

The Utes lead the overall series with Oregon State, 73-10-1, which includes a 35-0 record at Salt Lake City…The Beavers have lost the last four meetings with the last win at Corvallis in 2017…Last season, Oregon The state fell from 197,575 to 196,425 in Gill as Kaitlyn Yanish captured his sixth floor title of the season with a 9.95… Sydney Gonzales clocked a new personal best 9.9 to win his first individual title on vault.

UTE SCOUTING

Utah is coached by Tom Farden who is in his 12th season overall and his seventh year at the helm…The Utes fell one spot this week to fourth, averaging 197.496 this season…Utah scored 49, 0 or better in every event in 18 consecutive meets, which is the longest active streak and holds the highest beam score in the nation at a 49.725… Utah has hit 135-144 routines this season with eight gymnasts hitting each routine… Maile O’Keefe leads the Utes in all-around, averaging 39.550 this season ranking her 12th… She’s also third in the nation on beam (9.938) after posting a perfect 10 on apparatus.

FOLLOWING

Oregon State returns home for its final inside Gill meeting this season, hosting No. 18 Stanford for senior day on Friday, Feb. 25. The Beavers and Cardinal are due to face off at 7:30 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network. After the conclusion, OSU will honor its three seniors by Alexa McClung, Colette Yamaokaand Kaitlyn Yanish.

Single season and meet tickets for the 2022 Oregon State Gymnastics season are available for purchase through BeaverTickets.com and 1-800-GO-BEAVS.

For more information on the Oregon State gymnastics team, follow the club’s official Twitter account at Twitter.com/BeaverGym, by Facebook at Facebook.com/BeaverGym or on Instagram at Instagram.com/BeaverGym.

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Make sure your love letters arrive at the right address

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — Valentine’s Day is USPS data conversion operator Jayne Demine’s favorite holiday.

“I get really giddy because everything is so cute and we all tell each other that we love each other,” Demine said.

At the USPS’ Remote Encoding Center, she’s able to make sure letters and packages that computers can’t read get to where they need to go. About 3.1 million photos are sent to this center in Salt Lake City every day.

The center was the first of its kind from the USPS in 1994. Shortly after, the USPS opened 55 more locations across the country because at the time there were a lot of letters that the machines couldn’t read.

“Within three years, the machines started getting smarter and they started shutting them down,” said director Barbara Batin.

Batin said the Utah facility is currently the only one in the country, which she says has a lot to do with the people who work there.

“Our employees are some of the best workers in the country. They came up with ideas, things we could do, do our job better, faster, higher quality,” Batin said.

Demine takes great pride in her work and she should. It can process up to 1,000 images in an hour.

“I wish I had one of my little reports with me to show you,” Demine said.

But the report Demine says she’s most proud of isn’t a number, it’s the impact each letter can have on the person who receives it.

“We really should do it more. Take the time to tell our loved ones how much we care,” Demine said.

Below is a list of the most common mistakes that data conversion operators see when sending letters:

  1. Sloppy writing
  2. spelling mistakes
  3. Wrong writing utensils (ex. pencil or gel pens)
  4. Crumpled envelopes

USPS says they always need new employees. In fact, the facility is currently looking to hire about 150 people. If you’re looking for flexible hours, are good at a keyboard, and work well on your own, this could be the perfect job for you. Click here for more information !

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Why West Valley City is cold-eyed about a renewable energy plan

While all roads lead to clean energy in Utah, some municipalities like West Valley City are leaning towards taking an alternative route to get there.

A 2019 Renewable Energy Bill promised a steady path for local governments to achieve 100% clean energy by 2030. The plan was to push the development of energy infrastructure that would interconnect and power the solar, wind and other carbon-free sources of electricity. directly into the Rocky Mountain Power system.

The Community law on renewable energies, an interlocal agreement born from HB411, began when nearly two dozen Utah cities and counties pledged to achieve the 100% clean energy goal by passing a qualifying resolution, though many other local governments stayed put. touches. The legislation passed with Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton, and then the senator. Daniel Hemmert, R-Orem, as sponsors.

However, the implementation of the initiative did not stop there. This multi-year effort required several steps. Currently, advocates are trying to get those eligible cities and counties to sign up for a governance agreement so they can continue in the program.

Membership means cities and counties would pay Phase 1 costs. They would also be part of groups that would work alongside Rocky Mountain Power in designing utility programs.

Until now, 15 local governments joined the interlocal agreement to activate HB411. Salt Lake City, Summit County, Grand County, Moab, Millcreek, Park City and Castle Valley have signed and made additional voluntary payments to help fund these implementation costs, which total approximately $700,000. Alta, Cottonwood Heights, Francis, Holladay, Kearns, Ogden, Salt Lake County and Springdale are also participating in the second stage of the process.

Eight other communities that initially adopted the project have not committed to continue – even though they have been eligible since passing resolutions supporting 100% renewable electricity for their communities by 2030.

West Valley City, the second most populous city in the state, is one of them, along with Bluffdale, Coalville, Emigration Canyon Township, Kamas, Oakley, Orem and West Jordan.

Cost remains a concern

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) West Valley City Hall, Thursday, February 10, 2022.

After two years of talks, a change of mayor and two council seats — and even with a new deadline that would allow the city to register by May 31 — the city seems unlikely to sign and go. his first Payment of $47,899.22 for stage 1.

A major concern is the impact the switch to clean energy would have on the city’s low-income residents.

City Manager Wayne Pyle recommended that City Council not take the next step to register with the Community Renewable Energy Act. He warned that the city would not be able to control its own destiny once committed to the plan.

“You are a small part of the whole,” he said.

“We are always skeptical and look closely at any new organization before joining,” Pyle said. “My main big concern with Bill 411 is that I have 140,000 residents here, and what they are proposing would include an indefinite financial burden on residents.”

The city council is still discussing the deal. If West Valley City eventually signs on, residents would automatically be included in the clean energy switch. They can opt out by ticking a box on their electricity bill.

New mayor Karen Lang has doubts about the program.

“I don’t think we have enough solid information from Rocky Mountain as to what it would cost residents,” she said. “They just don’t have the details, or they don’t share them. And so I’m not comfortable engaging our residents in anything without all the information.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) West Valley City Mayor Karen Lang at her home on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. She is suspicious of the city’s commitment to an interlocal renewable energy deal.

There is no precise prediction as to the increase in energy prices. A study 2017 found that with this program, “rates would be 9% to 14% higher in 2032 for communities compared to the status quo”. Since then, solar prices decreased by about 25%Utah 100 Communities, the agency administering the program, said on its website.

Go it alone

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) A UTA bus picks up passengers in West Valley City, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022.

Advocates of the program argue that this represents a rare opportunity to achieve a key environmental goal. Electricity is one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions nationwide, and this program has the potential to dramatically reduce them and make clean energy accessible to people who can’t afford it. initial investment in solar panels and other energy efficiency tools.

“This program is not coming back. This opportunity is not something there is a political appetite to recreate,” said Sierra Club campaign representative Lindsay Beebe. “It took huge political capital to create this in the first place. And it is currently the only program in Utah, and also in the country, that allows cities to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030.”

For his part, Pyle doubts that West Valley City is missing an opportunity. The city, he said, is working towards the same goal of 100% clean energy by 2030 on its own.

The city moved to four-day work weeks for its employees in the early 2000s, for example, and converted part of its fleet to hybrid vehicles, including cars for police detectives.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) West Valley City Police Department Headquarters, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022.

“We invested $1 million in federal partnerships for emissions reduction efforts that would result in energy efficiency improvements here at City Hall,” Pyle said. “We did the same thing at the Family Fitness Center. It’s a 100,000 square foot facility. We’ve done it at the Maverik Center, indoors, and we’re working on the exterior, to get the lights to fit into an all-LED structure up there.

The city approves 400 residential rooftop solar projects a year, according to Pyle, and has raised about 4,500 in total. He estimates that this type of action will accelerate and continue over the next eight years.

“We are not perfect. We’re not there yet,” Pyle said. “But we have accelerated and are making great strides in that direction.”

Carmen Valdez, political associate at the environmental nonprofit Heal Utahdiscussed the program with city officials and worked with businesses to encourage them to advocate for HB411.

Valdez said government officials need to know that being part of the interlocal agreement doesn’t mean they’re tied to a program they can’t control.

“What we’re hoping for is that they see that by becoming a member of the committee and the board of directors that come up with this plan and bring it to Rocky Mountain Power,” she said, “you can actually make sure any concerns you have are addressed and include things like making sure there are opportunities for utility expansion in terms of local source power.

Alixel Cabrera is a Report for America member of the corps and writes about the status of communities on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley for the Salt Lake Tribune. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps him keep writing stories like this; please consider making a tax deductible donation of any amount today by clicking here.

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Salt Lake City officer justified in shooting suicidal man, prosecutors say

Navada Escholt shot three officers, police said. He later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

(Salt Lake City Police Department) Body camera footage shows Officers Benzon (left) and Abel Bromley (right) standing outside Navada Escholt’s apartment on July 20, 2021, moments before Escholt doesn’t shoot officers. Bromley fired back but missed. Escholt later died of a self-inflicted gunshot, police said.

A Salt Lake City officer who shot a suicidal man after the man opened fire on police last July will not face criminal charges, prosecutors said Friday.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said officer Abel Bromley reasonably believed — as Utah law stipulates — that he and other officers were in imminent danger after the man , Navada Escholt, shot them.

Bromley returned a single shot, which did not hit Escholt. Escholt, 42, shot himself shortly afterwards, according to Gill’s discovery letter.

Three officers – Bromley and two others, identified only as “Dunn” and “Benzon” – responded to Escholt’s apartment near 1600 West and 800 North on July 20, just after noon. Escholt’s wife had called police to say he was suicidal, had a gun and needed an ambulance, the letter said. She told police that Escholt had been drinking and had not taken her prescription medication.

Officers knocked on the door of Escholt and others in the apartment complex and tried to call Escholt. When no one responded, officers moved about 90 feet from the apartments to the sidewalk, Gill said.

Dunn called Escholt’s wife and asked if she could try to talk to Escholt. He said the officers did not want to force their way inside and escalate the situation.

During that phone call, Escholt opened his front door and fired a single shot at officers who took cover. Bromley fought back from behind a tree. Dunn and Benzon pulled up behind a truck in a neighbor’s driveway.

Escholt fired about 20 minutes after officers arrived. Shortly after that first volley of fire, Escholt apparently shot himself in his apartment.

Officers learned he later died after sending a police robot into the house and finding Escholt in a bedroom.

Escholt had been charged earlier in the day with witness tampering and retaliation. He was being investigated for aggravated assault and allegedly sent threatening messages on Facebook to someone involved in the case. His wife told investigators he had recently lost his job and was suffering from a “nervous breakdown”.

Gill praised the “incredible restraint” of the officers, noting that they tried to contact Escholt several times and kept their distance from the apartment to buy time and defuse the difficult scene. Gill said they had to deal with multiple concerns at once – the cares of the caller, an armed person in mental health crisis and an apartment complex with “people and thin walls”.

Gill said officials could do more to ensure people with mental health needs receive adequate treatment, and that police could receive more training for situations involving people going through such crises.

“But unfortunately tragedy happens because sometimes the people who are hurting can also escalate into a really violent situation, and then we have to respond as law enforcement to protect everyone else as well,” Gill said.

(Paighten Harkins | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill reviews body camera footage during a news conference on Feb. 11, 2022. Gill ruled that an SLCPD officer was legally justified in shooting Navada Escholt after Escholt shot officers on July 20, 2021.

All three agents from Salt Lake City were certified in crisis intervention.

A Salt Lake Tribune analysis of a decade of police shooting data found that more than 40% of police shootings in the state involved someone in mental health crisis. More than half of those cases involved someone with a gun, and 80% of those cases involved someone who was suicidal.

The shooting marked the 17th in Utah in 2021. Police shot 31 people last year, surpassing the previous record of 30 police shootings, which was set in 2018 and tied in 2020. Records show more more officers have been shot at least a year than in recent history.

Editor’s note If you or people you know are at risk of self-harm, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-hour assistance at 1-800-273-8255.

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Salt Lake City’s Nathan Chen Wins Olympic Gold Medal

BEJING (AP) — Utah’s Nathan Chen wasn’t going to be disallowed this time at the Olympics.

Chen completed his four-year journey to an elusive Olympic gold medal on Thursday, following his record-breaking short program at the Beijing Games with a near-perfect free skate that earned him a standing ovation from fans inside the historic Beijing Stadium. the capital.

The 22-year-old star, who grew up in Salt Lake City, landed all five of his quads during his ‘Rocketman’ program, set to the soaring film score of Elton John, to finish with 332.60 points – at just three shy of his own world record — and becomes the first American champion since Evan Lysacek took the top step of the podium in 2010 in Vancouver.

Chen’s score easily edged out his two closest pursuers, Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama and Shoma Uno, and put all lingering memories of his brutal disappointment four years ago in Pyeongchang firmly in the past.

This may not be the last gold medal Chen wins either.

The Americans, who took silver behind Russia in the team event on Monday, were awaiting confirmation from the IOC and the International Skating Union that the “legal issues” delaying the medal ceremony were related to doping information linked to their biggest star, Kamila Valieva. This could ultimately elevate the United States to the gold medal.

Chen did his part for Team USA with a winning short program, and Vincent Zhou – who was forced to withdraw from the individual event due to a positive COVID-19 test – would also win a gold medal. for his free skating.

The suave and down-to-earth Chen and his two Japanese chasers separated themselves from the rest of the field during their short programs, when Chen smashed the world record with a flawless performance at “La Bohème”. When they took to the ice for the free skate, Kagiyama and Uno made just enough mistakes to pave the way for Chen’s crowning glory.

Playing to “Bolero”, one of the most popular musical selections from the Beijing Games, Uno under-spinned a quad salchow and quad toe loop, then was stunned for his combined spin late in the program to finish with 293 points.

Then it was 18-year-old Kagiyama, who was playing to the music for the movie “Gladiator,” who pulled out his triple toe curl and triple salchow. It was still enough to score 310.05 points and earn a punch in the kissing and crying zone, but not enough to add pressure on Chen, who calmly skated on the placid ice as the score from Kagiyama was read.

With a socially distanced crowd watching Thursday afternoon in Beijing and millions watching at home on late-night television, the young Yale student soared in his first quad salchow. Chen landed four more quads effortlessly, with his only slight bobble coming on a late combination streak. He couldn’t wipe the smile from his face as the music ended.

He bathed in the spotlight in the middle of the ice, then left to listen to his scores, which were then a mere formality. Once they were read, Chen’s longtime trainer, Rafael Arutyunyan, raised Chen’s arm like a triumphant boxer.

While the spotlight shone like never before on Chen, it seemed to fade for his longtime Japanese rival.

Yuzuru Hanyu arrived in Beijing aiming to become the first male skater since Gillis Grafstrom in 1928 to win a third consecutive Olympic gold medal. But after missing most of last year with an ankle injury, the 27-year-old struggled to keep up with his short program on Tuesday, essentially putting him out of contention for a medal.

All Hanyu was left with was a free kick on the quadruple axis, a 4 1/2 turn jump that has never been successful in competition. He got close, but couldn’t quite hold on on the landing, then fell back onto his quad salchow before an emotional end to what could be his last performance on Olympic ice.

His score places him fourth, behind his two teammates.

And, of course, behind the new American champion.

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Why the West Side’s political clout may increase in Salt Lake City

Victoria Petro-Eschler has always been interested in politics, but when the smell of smoke from a burning chemical-coated railroad bridge engulfed her home west of Salt Lake City in 2021 and she found no official answer, she decided it was time to make Sequel.

It was time to act.

“I could see stuff falling from the sky. You could feel it in the air. People were having headaches,” she said. “I just realized that getting the city to connect with our neighborhood in a way we care about is a skill, it’s an art, and the city needed help with that.”

So she ran for the Salt Lake City Council District 1 seat, which includes Rose Park and Jordan Meadows, and won.

Like Petro-Eschler, many others also eyed the two city council seats on the West Side last fall. In the end, eight candidates — three in District 1 and five in District 2 — were on the November ballot.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City Councilwoman Victoria Petro-Eschler speaks at a press conference announcing a new ride-sharing service in conjunction with Salt Lake City and Utah Transit Authority for the west side of the city, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021.

This interest extended beyond political hopes to political donors.

In District 1, candidates raised $74,000 — a far cry from the millions racked up in some congressional races, but 13 times more than the $5,700 raised in 2017.

In District 2, which covers Fairpark, Glendale and Poplar Grove, contestants raised nearly $105,000, a whopping 850% jump from the $11,000 raised in 2019.

Various candidates emerge

Interest grew with no popularly elected incumbent seeking another term from the West Side.

District 1 Representative James Rodgers resigned in early October after already ruling out a third term. District 2 council member Andrew Johnston left in the spring to become the city’s director of homelessness policy and outreach. The board selected attorney Dennis Faris to fill this position. (Faris raced in the fall but failed to defeat eventual winner Alejandro Puy.)

This left the field open to a range of newcomers. New faces emerged from non-traditional backgrounds, often encouraged by specific organizations or individuals to come forward.

“A lot of people feel that we need to have a wider range of people running and getting elected,” said Matthew Burbank, a professor of political science at the University of Utah and a longtime Salt Lake City City Hall watcher. “And so I think there was a bit more value in having a diverse pool of applicants.”

The ranked voting system also eliminated the need for primaries and allowed candidates to continue running and raising funds until election day.

“As a result,” Burbank said, “I think what you’re likely to see is we’ll see more spending, given the nature of these types of elections.”

Voter turnout for District 1 has increased from 25% in 2017 to nearly 33%. Engagement has also increased, Petro-Eschler said, particularly on issues such as unresolved homelessness and soaring housing prices.

“There is optimism on the west side. And having choices makes people optimistic,” she said. “So now our job is to harness that optimism to remind those people that they are being heard.”

In District 2, however, turnout fell from 37% in 2019 to 29% last year.

“The municipal elections are difficult. It is sometimes difficult to hire certain people, especially in neighborhoods like mine where it is a popular neighborhood with a minority majority,” said Puy. “It’s not because people don’t care. It’s because of the challenges and barriers my community faces.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Alejandro Puy, District 2, says a few words after being sworn in as a member of the Salt Lake City Council, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.

It was the political consultant’s first candidacy for public office. Puy prevailed after an exhaustive campaign that focused on knocking on doors and including Spanish speakers in the conversation.

One of his opponents, Nigel Swaby, who heads the Fairpark Community Council, doesn’t think there’s necessarily a growing interest in West Side politics. He credits the growth of fundraising to the ability to select new leaders without the challenge of incumbents. It also points to a demographic shift in the West Side neighborhoods.

“People who live here are wealthier than they were in the past because home values ​​have gone up so much,” Swaby said. “You have a lot of new blood, which will also increase participation, and that includes financially.”

Fears of gentrification

This real estate explosion leads to a new concern: gentrification.

“We have huge gentrification forces going on,” said Petro Eschler, who is also executive director of Salty Cricket Composers Collective, a cultural nonprofit. It can bring in new people to improve the fabric of West Side neighborhoods, she said. “But, if left unchecked, gentrification has left communities like mine in ruins and other towns.”

Puy, an Argentine-born and recently naturalized U.S. citizen who has made his understanding of the Latino community a guiding principle of his campaign, said he is seeing these neighborhood shifts — and not always for the better.

“A lot of Latin American families and minority families are moving out of the West Side because of gentrification and the cost of living,” he said. In a neighborhood where Hispanics often seek multigenerational homes, he added, the growing volume of small studio apartments won’t be enough.

“We have to work really hard to look where the city needs to look, because that’s where our families with kids are on the west side of Salt Lake City,” Puy said. “That’s where we have a disproportionate impact from the homeless shelter crisis that we have in our city. We still have some issues with crime.”

In the end, Salt Lake City has reached an important milestone: electing its most diverse city council in history. For the first time, most members (four out of seven) are racial and ethnic minorities. And, for the first time, a majority (four more) are openly LGBTQ.

What this historical diversity leads to City Hall remains to be seen. The trend of growing political interest on the West side, however, is set to continue with competition between candidates and potential challengers, according to Burbank in the United States, especially now that these new council members have shown the way. in the future. generations.

“Things that have motivated people to think about more diversity, to think about representing a wider range of people and on city council,” the political scientist said, “I don’t think that’s all going to go away.”

Salt Lake City Council. Top row, left to right: Ana Valdemoros; Amy Fowler; and Alexandre Puy. Center: Darin Mano. Bottom row, left to right: Chris Wharton; Dan Dugan; and Victoria Petro-Eschler.

Alixel Cabrera is a Report for America member of the corps and writes about the status of communities on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley for the Salt Lake Tribune. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps him keep writing stories like this; please consider making a tax deductible donation of any amount today by clicking here.

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Mary Cosby dubbed ‘the laughing stock of SLC’ after denying claims she was leaving The Real Housewives

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) — Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Mary Cosby has been exposed after denying claims she was leaving the show after season 2.

A Article from page 6 revealed that Cosby “became the laughingstock of Salt Lake City” after calling a previous article Page 6 who pointed to his upcoming absence from the show as “a complete fabrication” and “a complete lie” in a Posting on Twitter.

In an interview with Page Six, a source revealed, “Mary seems like an idiot…It’s really confusing that Mary is even trying to shut him down on Twitter…Doesn’t she realize that the news was going to come out anyway once season 3 premiered and she was nowhere to be found?She didn’t film anything and the cast was told weeks ago that she wouldn’t be.

Although she makes waves on the show, Cosby’s unfiltered personality has led her to some controversy with her castmates.

Page Six revealed that Cosby was caught making numerous racist comments during RHOSLC season 2, comparing her co-star Jen Shaw to a “Mexican thug” and commenting on her “slanting eyes”. Jennie Nguyen.

According to Page Six, Cosby has also been accused of leading religious worship outside of her Pentecostal church, which she has denied.

Cosby opted out of the show’s Season 2 reunion, which the same source said Page Six “was the kiss of death for Mary.”

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Man arrested nearly 25 years after kidnapping and assault in Salt Lake City

A man who has been on a warrant for nearly 25 years accusing him of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in Salt Lake City has been arrested in California.

An arrest warrant was issued for Jaime Diaz Calderon, 46, in June 1997, charging him with aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated sexual assault, felonies in the first degree; and robbery, a second-degree felony.

On April 7, 1997, Calderon kidnapped a woman he knew at gunpoint from Salt Lake City International Airport and sexually assaulted her at an undisclosed location in Salt Lake City, according to a statement released Thursday by Salt Lake Police. Court records show that Calderon lived near 1650 west and 600 south at the time.

Police quickly identified Calderon as a suspect and criminal charges were filed against him just two months after the alleged assault.

But he never showed up for a scheduled court hearing and a warrant was issued for his arrest. His warrant was in the National Crime Information Center database, which means that if Calderon was ever arrested or arrested anywhere in the United States, the law enforcement agency that contacted him would be informed of his mandate.

According to a press release issued by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office in northern California, detectives from the department’s Specialized Investigations Unit recently received information that Calderon was wanted in Salt Lake City and possibly lived in their county. The statement did not say how police were notified that Calderon was in their county.

“Detectives from (this unit) conducted surveillance, coordinated with the San Rafael Police Department, and were able to safely arrest Calderon. Calderon was taken into custody at the Marin County Jail as a fugitive from justice (Tuesday),” according to the ministry’s statement.

On Thursday, Salt Lake police were in the process of extraditing Calderon to Utah.

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The race is on to save the Great Salt Lake: will that be enough?

SALT LAKE CITY — The largest natural lake west of the Mississippi is shrinking past its lowest levels on record, raising fears of toxic dust, ecological collapse and economic consequences. But the Great Salt Lake may have new allies: conservative Republican lawmakers.

The new burst of energy from the GOP-dominated state government comes after lake levels recently bottomed during a regional mega-drought exacerbated by climate change. However, water has been diverted from the lake for years to supply Utah homes and crops. The fastest growing state in the country is also one of the driest, with some of the highest domestic water consumption.

This year could see a big investment in the lake that has long been an afterthought, with Governor Spencer Cox offering to spend $46 million and the powerful Speaker of the House leaning on the issue. But some worry that the ideas advanced so far in the state Legislature do not go far enough to stop the environmental disaster in slow motion.

One proposal would tackle water use in homes and businesses, metering outdoor water which is considered some of the cheapest in the country. Another would pay farmers to share their water downstream, and a third would direct mining royalty money to benefit the lake.

“I’ve long taken the lake for granted. It’s always been there, and I assumed it always would be,” House Speaker Brad Wilson said at a summit he hosted. called on the matter. But learning of the lake’s precarious position this summer left him terrified. “The Great Salt Lake is in trouble. … We have to do something.”

The shrinking lake poses serious risks to millions of migratory birds and a lake-based economy worth an estimated $1.3 billion in mineral extraction, brine shrimp and recreation. Health risks also exist: the huge dry bed of the lake could send dust containing arsenic into the air that millions of people breathe.

“The Great Salt Lake needs a few jumps to be saved. It won’t come in small steps,” said Zach Frankel, executive director of the nonprofit Utah Rivers Council. babies that should have been made 20 years ago.”

Shrimp both support a multi-million dollar industry providing food for fish farms and feed millions of migrating birds whose massive flocks may appear on the radar. The lake is also the country’s largest source of magnesium and could soon provide lithium, a key mineral for renewable energy batteries.

But last year the lake hit a 170-year high and continued to decline, hitting a new low of 4,190.2 feet (1,277.2 meters) in October. A significant part of the microbialites was exposed to the air, killing vital microbes. Death will likely take years and years to repair even if they are completely submerged again, said Michael Vanden Berg, a state geologist.

And if water levels continue to drop, the lake could become too salty for edible microbes to survive, which has already happened in the bright pink waters of the lake’s North Arm.

Still, Vanden Berg is cautiously optimistic for the South Arm, where some of the green microbialites survived last year’s lake fall.

“It’s bad but not catastrophic yet,” he said. “There is still time to repair and alleviate the situation.”

In some ways, the solution is simple: more water needs to flow into the lake.

But that’s no small task in the state, which has grown 18.4% over the past decade to nearly 3.28 million people.

Utah overall has relatively cheap water. A 2015 state audit found that water prices in Salt Lake City were lower than nearly every other city surveyed, including Phoenix, Las Vegas and Santa Fe.

But a subset of households have access to particularly cheap water — the cheapest in the nation, according to the Utah Rivers Council.

About 200,000 households and businesses pay a flat fee for an entire season of irrigation water. It’s called a secondary water system, made from converted agricultural supply in communities that are now largely suburban. These represent a disproportionately large segment of the state’s water use — and many of them are in the Great Salt Lake watershed, Frankel said.

“It’s like an all-you-can-eat buffet,” he said. While most people have a water meter on the side of their house, usage is unmetered for secondary water users.

But small-scale projects have shown that simply being mindful of how much they use causes people to cut back by 20%, said GOP Utah Rep. Tim Hawkes.

There have been pushbacks to change the system before, and part of the reason is the cost per yard of about $1,500, but the governor backed spending about $250 million in federal relief funds in pandemic to install them.

The Utah Rivers Council would like to see people pay more for this water, but there has been little public discussion about it this year. Hawkes argues that even 20% conservation through outreach would dramatically increase the chances of the lake remaining healthy.

This year is shaping up to be a wetter year than 2021, but that doesn’t immediately translate to more water for the lake. First comes the replenishment of drinking water. Next comes the lake.

And homes and businesses aren’t the only ones that need moisture. About 65% of the water in the Great Salt Lake watershed is used for agriculture. Farmers have a right to this water and, under historical laws, they could lose the water they don’t use.

“Right now, there’s actually a disincentive for agriculture to conserve or optimize the water it uses,” Republican Rep. Joel Ferry said.

He is sponsoring legislation that would allow farmers to be paid for the water they leave flowing into the Great Salt Lake and other bodies. Since every farmhouse is much larger than the average home, even slight adjustments can have a major impact.

Under his plan, which advanced to the state Legislature, it would be up to each farm to decide whether or not to sell water in any given year. The fund would also likely start with federal money in the event of a pandemic, and funders hope to secure donations as they go.

“It’s going to be a slow start,” said Ferry, who is a farmer himself. “We recognize there is a problem, and farmers want to be part of the solution. … Ultimately, the solutions to this are going to be expensive.

The costs of doing nothing can be even higher. The drying up of Lake Owens in California as Los Angeles grew cost billions. Overseas, the Aral Sea has become a source of toxic dust after its water was diverted by the former Soviet Union. Experts estimate that a drying up of the Great Salt Lake could cost Utah more than $2 billion each year.

“There is a real question about what will happen next. Are we going to cross some critical thresholds here in a moment if we keep going down? Hawkes said. “If we act now and think about it…there’s a good chance we can keep the lake healthy and happy – and us with it.”

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Josh Groban Harmony tour: When is the Salt Lake City concert?

Josh Groban — the Grammy-nominated singer — will perform in Salt Lake City in the summer of 2020.

The news: Groban will bring their Harmony Tour to Salt Lake City, performing at Vivint Arena on July 27.

  • Groban will be joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lucia Micarelli and Eleri Ward.

What he says : “So excited for this summer!!” he wrote about Instagram.

Rollback: At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Groban sang “You Raise Me Up” a cappella for thousands of people on Facebook – from his shower.

  • “There’s no more corona than that,” Groban told the Deseret News recently. “Acoustics good in there – to be fair, it really was the best place in the house to sing.”

The bigger picture: Groban told the Deseret News that he had done his best to perform virtually during the pandemic so he could bring people together.

  • “I love making music because I love the way it touches people,” Groban said. “I love being able to tell stories and being able to feel less alone through those stories. When you take something like COVID – which beyond the horrible physical things that happen – I think even if you don’t don’t get, we all feel the sanity part of just feeling that disconnect.
  • “We need to connect,” he continued. “And I think there’s a reappraisal of what art is doing in our lives to help us do that – especially right now. Music can play a really wonderful role in staying sane through everything. that.

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Details released after chase that injured 1 officer, hit 3 police cruisers before ending in Salt Lake City

Officers from Unified PD and Salt Lake City Police following a winding chase that began in Millcreek and ended at SLC late Saturday night. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Jan. 30, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — A man faces nine felony charges after police say he responded to a traffic stop by pressing his foot on the gas pedal, forcing the driver to leave her seat, and the start of a winding police chase that left one officer injured and three police cars damaged.

The lawsuit, which reportedly began 300 East and 3900 South, Millcreekfinished at 133 Mead Ave. (about 1000 south), Salt Lake City, with suspect Zachary L. Ommundson attempting to flee on foot, but being taken into custody, according to his probable cause statement.

The initial traffic stop was made for an inoperable taillight, says a statement filed by an officer with the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

“The vehicle was occupied by a female driver, the subject in the center front seat, and a passenger in the front passenger seat,” the report said. “Your depositor has asked the driver to turn off the vehicle and has collected identifying information. A records check has been performed
on the three individuals and the subject was found to have multiple statewide warrants.

Unified PD and Salt Lake City Police officers following a chase that began at 300 East 3900 South in Millcreek and ended on Mead Ave. in Salt Lake City. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

The male suspect on the passenger side was asked to step out and he did. Ommundson, 37, who was seated in the center, was ordered out next.

“Subject turned on the vehicle, put the vehicle into gear, and pushed his foot on the accelerator,” the statement read. “A UPD officer ordered the subject to stop and attempted to remove the subject from the vehicle, but was struck by the vehicle, causing a lower leg injury.

“The driver was abducted by the subject and later stated that she was forced out of the driver’s seat by the subject and held against her will.”

The chase began.

“Your filer had turned on his emergency lights and sirens and the subject did not stop,” the statement continued. “During the chase, the subject struck your affiant’s vehicle and continued to flee. Subject drove into oncoming traffic, through a barrier and eventually lost control at 980 S. 160 West. Subject overturned vehicle in SLCPD officerfrom the vehicle, then attempted to flee again, but was cornered and taken into custody.

Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

A police search revealed contraband.

“There was a tomahawk in the driver’s seat and the subject was a restricted person. Subject was discovered to have a positive methamphetamine field test on him. »

Ommundson faces initial charges of:

  • Aggravated kidnapping, a first degree felony
  • Aggravated theft, takes usable vehicle, first degree felony
  • Three counts of Assaulting a Peace Officer/Military with Weapon or Force, a Second Degree Felony
  • Failure to respond to officer’s stop signal, with death/injury, a third degree felony
  • Failure to stop when ordered by police, a third degree felony
  • Possession of a Schedule ll/lll/analogue controlled substance, a third degree felony
  • Possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a third degree felony
  • Driving with a denied license, a class C misdemeanor
  • Driving on the left side of the road when prohibited, an offense

Because Ommundson’s actions demonstrated he was a flight risk, a judge granted the officer’s request that the suspect be held in the Salt Lake County Jail without bond.

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Last call to visit mirability mounds on GSL this weekend

SALT LAKE CITY — The public has one last chance to see a unique geological phenomenon at Great Salt Lake.

The Rangers take visitors to visit the mounds of mirability, just as they have the last two years.

Sunday will be the last day that these unique tours will be offered. Visits also took place last weekend.

“These mineral salt deposits can only be seen under specific winter conditions and we don’t know how long these formations will last this year,” Utah State Parks wrote.

READ: Protesters call for more action to protect the Great Salt Lake

Participants must register before Saturday at 5 p.m. Online registration can be found at Great Salt Lake State Park website. Tours will take place on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tour groups are limited to 20 people each.

Park rangers suggest wearing waterproof or waterproof boots, as the tour may include walking through deep mud.

In late 2019, a Great Salt Lake State Park ranger noticed the mounds on the north shore of the lake. The State Park Service said they build up when sodium sulfate-rich spring water hits the cold winter air.

In January 2020, just months after their discovery, geologists said they were commonly found on polar ice caps and on Mars. October 2019 was the first time they were seen – or at least officially documented – at the Great Salt Lake.

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Utah is building a modern, one-car European district on the outskirts of Salt Lake City

Point

Car-free zones, cycle paths, pedestrian-friendly urban design; these are not the characteristics of a typical American suburb. They’re more like something you’d find in the Netherlands rather than Salt Lake City, Utah, where a new “one-car community” is being built in an experimental suburb.

Called Pointit is located on 600 acres of federal land in Draper that once housed a prison and will be purpose-built so that businesses, families and individuals can access each neighborhood within a 15-minute walk or bike ride.

Point

Utah is famous for having 60% of its land under various forms of state and federal protection, due to its majestic and unique desert and scrub landscapes. As the population grows, planners and developers wonder how to grant access to one of the most beautiful states without impacting nature too overtly.

In order to understand this, town hall-style meetings revealed that local opinions favored a more walkable planned community.

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“We heard loud and clear from them that the principles of having a more hands-on, less car-focused development, and a somewhat more compact, amenity-rich community, would be appealing,” Alan Matheson, executive director of The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority, said fast company.

About 7,400 homes together, built by global engineering and development firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, will be located in cells connected by veins of greenery to each major city area.

Point

Cars aren’t banned, but streets will have bike lanes and wide sidewalks, and buses will run around the perimeter, perhaps automatically, to transport people to major areas, as well as downtown Salt. Lake City.

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The point will connect to the Jordan River Parkway to take hikers and cyclists to nearby mountain trail networks. This trail will also facilitate the movement of wildlife between the river and the mountains.

“The idea here is that it’s an economic driver for the state to attract young workers who are in the tech sector or the science sector, and we know they don’t want to live in the suburbs, often, as the suburbs are currently configured,” Peter Kindel, one of the developers, told Fast Company.

“They want more urban features, they want to know their neighbors, they want to be part of a community. They don’t want to spend their day driving.

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The Point was created in three different configurations, which preserves all the fundamental “points” of the idea, namely community, connection with nature, intelligent and less car-oriented public transport, and economic opportunity, as well as a coverage of 45 % of the city in green. These configurations, the developers hope, will influence future building growth opportunities.

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Real Salt Lake are still looking for a key midfielder heading into the 2022 season

SALT LAKE CITY – Real Salt Lake are still looking for a midfielder ahead of the 2022 season.

Throughout the successful 2022 campaign, Real Salt Lake were frequently exposed to counterattacks following weak turnovers of possession and were never able to adapt. Manager Pablo Mastroeni was eventually forced to change the formation back to the more conservative 4-2-3-1.

However, Mastroeni has expressed interest in playing with a more aggressive attitude. Ideally, Real Salt Lake in 2022 will be an attacking juggernaut capable of creating goal-scoring opportunities through a number of different avenues while maintaining a defensive structure.

More depth needed

The return of Everton Luiz will strengthen the defensive presence in midfield. Luiz and Pablo Ruiz have both shown signs of promise playing side by side. But Real Salt Lake cannot rely on Luiz and Ruiz like they did in 2021. The club needs more depth.

Luiz, otherwise known to some as “The Enforcer”, will likely be paramount to the organization’s success. Luiz was unavailable for selection for the Western Conference Finals due to an accumulation of yellow cards and his presence was sorely missed.

The aggressive Brazilian is fierce, skilful and his style of play is contagious. Each time he sees the field, the energy of the group of players is significantly higher. However, Luiz frequently finds himself in trouble throughout the season due to the abundance of yellow cards he receives. He is unfortunately not a reliable player due to his violent style of play.

Ruiz, on the other hand, is most comfortable when football is at his feet. His ability to throw balls from one side of the pitch to the other, to feed an attacking player behind the defense is world class. The problem with relying on Ruiz to be the solution is his age, he’s still only 23 and developing as a midfielder.

Ruiz was brought to Real Salt Lake in 2018 and started his Major League Soccer career at left-back before being loaned to Austrian club FC Pinzgau Saalfelden. Upon his return, he was inserted into the heart of the midfield where he has been ever since. His development and understanding of the position is still ongoing and as good as he gets, it’s still likely he’ll have to dominate the heart of the pitch in a few years.

Nick Besler has also spent a lot of time in midfield throughout 2021. He feels and looks the most comfortable in the role and was able to set up several games where he was in talks for the best on field. Consistency has always been the problem with Besler. One night he looks like he’s in total control, the next night he’s not.

Besler will still play a central role for Real Salt Lake in 2022. His leadership, guidance and experience will be needed as Real Salt Lake searches for answers in the heart of the park. It’s likely, however, that Besler will do most of his damage off the bench this year.

Beckerman 2.0, please?

Real Salt Lake have been blessed with the services of Kyle Beckerman for as long as they have. Beckerman was not only a great footballer, but a tremendous leader and motivator. A disciplined six, who has the ability to provide a spark when moving the ball forward, but who cares more about team structure and organization, is exactly what Real Salt Lake is currently lacking. .

Real Salt Lake is currently in Tucson, Arizona preparing for the 2022 season. The club will return to Utah on February 2 after playing practice games against Grand Canyon University and the Houston Dynamo on January 26. February 2 respectively.

The first game of the 2022 season is scheduled for February 28 when they travel to Houston. On March 6, Real Salt Lake will host Seattle in the season opener at home.

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Money alert issued for 53-year-old endangered man in Salt Lake City

A silver alert has been issued for an endangered 53-year-old man last seen in the Federal Heights area of ​​Salt Lake City. Donald Leslie Brown was with his dog on the Limekiln Gulch Trail in Salt Lake City around 3 p.m. Sunday. (Salt Lake City Police)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A silver alert has been issued for a 53-year-old endangered man last seen in the Federal Heights area of ​​Salt Lake City, the Department of Public Safety said.

The man, Donald Leslie Brown, was last known to be in the area of ​​309 N. Fairfax Circle on the Limekiln Gulch Trail in Salt Lake City around 3 p.m. Sunday, police said.

He is white, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. He is believed to be wearing a red hat, red woolen vest and beige pants. He was with a brown and white border collie named Tucker.

He is showing signs of mental illness and needs his medication, police said.

Anyone who sees Brown is asked to call Salt Lake Police at 801-799-3000 or dial 911.

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Despite struggles on beam, Red Rocks roll to win Arizona State

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) — The top beam team in the nation didn’t look like it Friday night at the Huntsman Center.

But Utah’s gymnastics team is so deep and so talented that they had more than enough to pull off another win, posting season-high scores on bars and floor.

The No. 2-ranked Red Rocks easily beat No. 13 Arizona State at the Huntsman Center, 197,400 to 196,100.

Maile O’Keefe clocked 9.90 on beam and floor. Jillian Hoffman (floor) and Cristal Isa (beam) tied for the highest score in all events at 9.975.

“The ultimate conclusion tonight is that we have to run all four events,” said head coach Tom Farden. “Coming into the warm-ups I saw the vibe from the start and as coaches we need to help them prepare a bit more and be more intentional from the start. I know when they’re on and it’s was last weekend. I know when they have some quirks and it was this weekend.

Utah started the night with a solid vault production, led by Alexia Burch and Lucy Stanhope, who went on to claim a share of the event title. Utah combined for a 49.275 on vault to lead Arizona State, which posted a 49.225 on bars, in the first event.

The Utes appeared to have some momentum in the bar rotation after posting a season-high 49.425 as a team. Amelie Morgan set the tone early on posting a season high of 9.875. In her first barre routine of the season, Burch battled her way to a career-high 9.90 to keep the start going. Sage Thompson followed with a 9.85 before McCallum collected a season-high 9.925 that would earn him the first uneven bars title of his career.

Working with a slim 98.700-98.400 lead over the Sun Devils, Utah opened the beam with a 9.775 from Morgan but struggled to find any kind of consistency throughout the next three gymnasts. After a fall from Grace McCallum and a pair of scores in the 9.6 range, Isa had a huge rebound routine and got the crowd on their feet as she rolled in a career-high 9.975. The routine seemed like the momentum-changer the Red Rocks needed as O’Keefe stepped in next and worked his way to a 9.95 to wrap up an otherwise sub-par rotation for Utah .

Utah held a .250 lead going into the final rotation after 49.025 on beam. Continuing the momentum, Hoffman led the team on floor with a career-high 9.975 in his first-floor routine of the year. Hoffman’s routine, which became the first win of his career, sparked the rest of the roster as the Utes finished with four floor scores of 9.90 or better, combining for a 49.675.

Stanhope posted a 9.875 in second place, while Rucker hit a 9.925. With the game seemingly under control after Arizona State had their own problems on the beam, O’Keefe and Sydney Soloski closed the night in style with a pair of 9.95s.

Utah will be back in action next Saturday, Jan. 29, to host Stanford.

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A storm is brewing. How much snow will Utah get?

Most of the snow will be in the mountains, but the storm should help clear the air.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Poor air quality clouds the Salt Lake Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

The big news of a storm that will continue through Friday morning in Utah is not what it will bring, but what it will take away.

According to the national weather service, the winter storm will drop maybe a few inches of snow – maybe more in some areas. But the great news is that it should stir up the air and eliminate the inversion and at least some of the smog plaguing the valleys of northern Utah.

A trace of 2 inches of snow is forecast for the northern Utah valleys and 3 to 7 inches in the mountain passes.

The storm is not expected to make the air crystal clear at lower elevations, but it is expected to improve air quality. According to the Utah Air Quality Division, Salt Lake, Cache, Davis, Tooele, Utah and Weber/Box Elder counties are expected to move to yellow/moderate air on Friday.

In Salt Lake City, the National Weather Service predicts a 70 percent chance of snow Friday, mostly before 8 a.m., with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible. Daytime temperatures will be in the low to mid 30s, with nighttime lows in the 20s.

Once the storm leaves Utah, there won’t be another in the forecast until the middle of next week. Expect mostly sunny skies, daytime highs in the low to mid 30s and overnight lows in the low 20s – and reversals should occur.

Southern Utah is in even more of a weather rut. The Thursday-Friday storm will not reach St. George, where the forecast is for sunny skies with highs in the mid-50s and overnight lows in the 30s through Wednesday.

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Utah adds more than 39,000 new COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The Utah Department of Health is reporting 39,882 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, Jan. 18, and 28 new deaths since Friday.

Case

With 39,882 new cases of COVID-19 reported, the total number of cases in Utah reached 790,216.

Of today’s new cases, 8,490 are school-aged children. The UDOH reports 2,556 cases in children aged 5 to 10, 1,875 cases in children aged 11 to 13, and 4,059 cases in children aged 14 to 17.

Vaccines

A total of 4,723,232 doses of vaccine have been administered in Utah.

This is an increase of 27,470 doses since Friday.

Vaccinated vs. unvaccinated risk ratio

Over the past 28 days, unvaccinated people are 13.3 times more likely to die from COVID-19, 6.1 times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19, and 2.3 times more risks of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

As of February 1, 2021, unvaccinated people have a 6.8 times greater risk of dying from COVID-19, a 4.9 times greater risk of being hospitalized due to COVID-19, and a 1.6 times higher of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

Laboratory tests

Utah Department of Health lab reports show 4,611,947 people have been tested. This is an increase of 78,112 since Friday.

The UDOH reports a total of 8,484,276 total tests, an increase of 151,176 tests since Friday.

Tendencies

The 7-day rolling average for positive tests is 10,652 per day.

The 7-day rolling average of “people over people” positivity percentage is 41.3%. The 7-day moving average of the percentage of positivity of “tests on tests” is 29%.

Hospitalizations

There are 681 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19. The total number of hospitalizations since the start of the epidemic is 29,496.

Death

There are 3,979 total deaths, 28 more than Friday.

  1. Male, over 85, resident of Salt Lake County, not hospitalized at time of death
  2. Male, 25-44, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  3. Male, 45-64, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  4. Male, 45-64, Salt Lake County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  5. Male, 45-64, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  6. Female, age 85+, resident of Davis County, hospitalized at time of death
  7. Female, 45-64, resident of Weber County, hospitalized at time of death
  8. Male, 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  9. Male, 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  10. Male, 65-84, resident of Salt Lake County, not hospitalized at time of death
  11. Male, 65-84, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at time of death
  12. Male, over 85, resident of Washington County, hospitalized at time of death
  13. Female, 65-84, resident of Weber County, resident of a long-term care facility
  14. Male, 85+, Cache County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  15. Male, over 85, resident of Sevier County. not hospitalized at time of death
  16. Female, 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  17. Female, between 45 and 64 years old. Resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at time of death
  18. Male, 45-64, Davis County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  19. Female, age 85+, resident of Washington County, hospitalized at time of death
  20. Male, 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  21. Female, 65-84, resident of Uintah County, hospitalized at time of death
  22. Male, 65-84, Washington County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  23. Male, between 45 and 64 years old. Resident of Salt Lake County, not hospitalized at time of death
  24. Male, 65-84, Utah County resident, hospitalized at time of death
  25. Male, between 45 and 64 years old. Resident of Salt Lake County. hospitalized at time of death
  26. Male, between 45 and 64 years old. Resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at time of death
  27. Male, 65-84, Utah County resident, not hospitalized at time of death
  28. Female, 65-84, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at time of death

Today vs Wednesday

Today Friday
Total Utahns Testing Positive 790 216 750,334
Total number of people tested 4,611,947 4,533,835
Utah COVID-19 Deaths 3,979 3,951
Vaccines administered 4,723,232 4,695,762
Utahns currently hospitalized with COVID-19 681 672
Total hospitalizations 29,496 29,029
Courtesy of UDOH
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‘The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ Season 2, Episode 17

What do you think of the teasers? Unless we’re talking about an order of curly fries for the table before the main course arrives, I’m the “nothing for me, thanks” team. At least when it comes to Bravo. I will read Reality Steve as interpreted by the Samaritans of Reddit until my brain falls out of my nostrils in vain hopes of distinguishing Single universe blond white ladies. But Andy Cohen being a silly, promising little goose”breathtaking bombsYou don’t need them! The bar is already set too high. What could be more mind-blowing than seeing someone get arrested for multiple federal crimes while someone else faces the possibility of leading a cult? And now I’m on red alert for this bombshell instead of just quietly watching my second favorite TV show, “girls might fight to the death”.

Speaking of which, we start right where we left off on the bus, with Lisa and Jen mutilating each other like two toddlers in a rusty McDonald’s PlayPlace fighting over the last lick of a dried container of sweet and sour sauce. Producer Shanae saves everyone’s eyeballs from being ripped out of their sockets, and Jen tries to swing her outburst into another stop on What-about-Omar’s-prom sympathy tour. That works. Jen and Lisa cry dry-eyed directly into each other in hopes of producing a single tear by force of will. Heather administers fuel for proper tear duct function (Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn). They all agree that Jen should have the best room in the villa. Ramona Singer, watch your back!

Upon arriving at the villa, everyone completes their husbands’ FaceTiming “setup ritual” and speculates on how much the other girls must have had. Heather, in an Old Navy x Margaret Atwood look, obviously skips the hubby piece and tells Whitney she thinks Jen is drunk and hurt. Shit, well done. It better be some sort of red herring because I don’t know if I’ll survive a payback redemption story from season three. I’m already a Luann apologist. I’m pretty sure my soul will burn if I have to cheer on Jennifer Shah as she becomes this bitch who doesn’t really do her stage work, who you can’t help but love because she always brings Spindrift and the ‘fresh spensif -cookies from the bakery every Encounter.

Luckily, it looks like that’s not happening anytime soon. At the pool, Jen rips off her extension and throws it at Lisa, who enlightened us with two new bits of information. These may be Andy’s “Breathtaking Bombs”. (1) She was working at Hooters (right after Mary M. Cosby, that would have been my last guess as to who has that specific service industry experience on the old resume), and (2) She decided to “start being much meaner because being nice doesn’t work”, implying that she thinks she’s nice to begin with. What a gas!

Knock, knock, knock, and it’s a few shoulder pads well on their way to sentience as they slowly gnaw at Mary and Meredith’s bodily forms. They better hurry, though, because sunlight is limited and white purity garments are imperative for Whitney’s Mormon sacrament meeting—I mean, “Red Earth Ceremony.” Spiritual healer Betina isn’t expecting anyone, so Meredith is forced onto the bus in her flared denim tuxedo. Mary stays behind as she still needs time to adjust the Thom Browne baseball cap which may or may not be stuck to her head, Matilda style.

At the maze, the ladies clutch their bundles of gratitude and proclaim what they’re about to give up – a task no one understands because everyone’s response is a different flavor of mental gymnastics landing on “I’m practically perfect, and the others are the problem.” Thirty-four minutes later, with everyone struggling to figure out the number of syllables in “Meredith”, Mary appears. She doesn’t want to be there. She hasn’t wanted to be there for a moment this season. She stands 20 feet from the drum circle, occasionally looking up to listen with her eyes like this one time in New Orleans when I was the only other person in a restaurant besides Benjamin Linus of Lost and the red-haired lady true blood, and I tried/failed to play cool and keep my eyes on my breakfast sandwich. Mary then goes on to mock Whitney’s spiritual rituals as if her own spiritual rituals don’t “maybe inflict harm as a way to buy the ugliest shit Gucci has ever produced”. Alas, Heather is lucid and ready to bond.

And the link actually they do! Er, at least if we follow the textbook’s definition, which is “to establish a relationship with someone based on shared feelings, interests, or experiences.” Hint: Shared interest may or may not keep the Bravo paychecks coming. Jen transforms into something more snake-y tittylicious, and Meredith puts on a kaftan, and everything that follows is auditory hell. I still don’t know if they lost the plot or if my easily overstimulated brain did. In an attempt to make sense of this, here’s a play-by-play:

• Meredith didn’t come on the bus because she had to drive Sethie to a doctor’s appointment, which he could have gone himself if it was another day.
• Mary didn’t come on the bus because — she refuses to give a reason. She also refuses to apologize for this or anything else.
• Lisa suggests that Meredith didn’t come on the bus because of Jen. (No shit, Sherlock.)
• Meredith deflects and tells Jen that Jennie called her a criminal. (A true deviant-protruding “pot meets kettle” situation!)
• Jen screams a lot then leaves. Meredith is disgusted.
• Everyone else bickers about Lisa and Jen’s friendship, Lisa and Meredith’s friendship, Meredith and Mary’s friendship, and Whitney and Mary’s friendship.
• Marie powders her nose at the table. That’s not an understatement.
• The girls argue over who’s the baddest of them all while Jen is still in the kitchen putting her mitts in a tub of what I can only guess is chicken salad.
• Jennie calls Meredith for responding “¯_(ツ)_/¯” to Mary’s racist bullshit. Meredith apologizes because she “isn’t in a mental state for this level of dissension.”
• Meredith completely loses any shred of divinity she had left from those bathtub antics on the day of the arrest.
• Heather gives Mary a steak in exchange for bringing Meredith back to the table.
• Jen returns with what appears to be a Spacemaker pencil box and a hot pretzel.
• Mary spends 92 minutes explaining to Whitney that she doesn’t have the mental capacity to say “we’re friends” to her, which surely takes more mental capacity than just saying “we’re friends”.
• The private investigator shit pops up and Jen redirects her anger at Jennie because Meredith says the investigator was investigating everyone, not just Jen.
• Meredith is still traumatized…oh no…anything but that…please…I’m begging…
• MY PRAYERS WERE TOO LATE; THIS IS ANOTHER MEAL OF VAGINAGATE.
• Meredith screams! Jen screams! They grind their saliva directly into each other’s gaping mouths!
• Jen tells Meredith that she leads a fraudulent life. Meredith continues to try “baby” and “honey” as condescending clapbacks to limited success. Jen says Meredith has “ten other fucking boyfriends.”

I mean, if Seth was my husband, I too would have ten fucking boyfriends, and probably eight fucking girlfriends too. So help me, God, if Andy’s jaw-dropping bombshell is that Meredith and Seth are two consenting adults in an open relationship.

Either way, see you next week for a brisk hike and Heather eating Sugar Babies in bed. In the meantime, please guess on the Breathtaking Bomb – wrong answers only. I, for one, have my fingers crossed for a big reveal that Teddy was stolen from Vanderpump Dogs and planted in Utah by Randall Emmett in a long, failed con for Lala to graduate. Housewives status and sound movies best reviewed at Sundance (still working out the details, but sounds like Occam’s razor, right?).

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Mountaineer turned conservationist Rick Reese leaves a monumental outdoor legacy

Pioneering educator-activist and Salt Lake City native dies at 79 after a life of saving lives and landscapes.

(Todd Wilkinson | Mountain Journal) Rick Reese, pictured on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail above Salt Lake City, was a pioneering environmental activist, outdoor educator and mountaineer. The Utah native, who helped found the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and the Utah nonprofit that established the famous trail along the shore of ancient Lake Bonneville, died on 9 January 2022 at age 79.

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Rick Reese, who influenced a generation or two of environmental activists, outdoor educators and mountaineers in his native Utah and beyond, died Jan. 9 at his home in Montana. During his 79 years, he built a conservation legacy that celebrated a broader view of what environmental protection means and led to the creation of Utah’s beloved Bonneville Coastal Trail.

While Reese was best known for his activism in Montana, as co-founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, he was one of the native sons of Salt Lake City who pushed the boundaries of Wasatch climbing when the sport was in its infancy, according to longtime friend and climbing partner Ted Wilson.

Wilson remembers first meeting young Reese when Reese was still a student at East High School and had just returned from climbing Mount Rainier in Washington. That was in 1959 and they have remained close friends ever since, sharing many adventures and occasional disagreements.

Over the years of setting up routes in the Wasatch, Wilson observed how Reese combined courage and physical strength with caution.

“He could do both at the same time. He approached life that way,” said Wilson, who became mayor of Salt Lake City. “He was strong, but he understood that there were forces bigger than himself, in life and in climbing, that he had to honor. He did it with pure principles.

Reese was born in Salt Lake City in 1942. Fresh out of high school, he joined the National Guard and was deployed to Germany during the Berlin Airlift, according to Reese’s obituary. He returned home to study political science at the University of Utah, where he met his wife Mary Lee, and later graduate school at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. .

Reece would later serve in the United States as Director of Community Relations. While pursuing his undergraduate studies, he worked summers as a climbing ranger at Grand Teton National Park and later pioneered routes in the Wasatch that remain unmatched to this day.

“The thinnest line of the Wasatch for traditional climbers and the most natural line is Triple overhangs which he created in the 1960s in the Lone Peak Circus” with Fred Beckey and Bob Irvine, said Peter Metcalf, co-founder of Black Diamond Equipment. “But when it comes to conservation, his legacy is incredible. He was one of Utah’s greatest conservationists, if not the greatest in Utah history, not to mention a pioneer mountaineer.

As park rangers in the 1960s, Reese and his colleagues invented the techniques, virtually on the fly, to rescue people in vertical terrain. Along with Wilson, Pete Sinclair and four other rangers, he pulled off what is considered “the most advanced, technical, daring and courageous rescue” on the Grand Teton North Face in 1967, according to Metcalf. This feat was commemorated in a 2013 film, The great rescue, by Wilson’s daughter Jenny Wilson and Meredith Lavitt.

“Reese was known as the best climber on the team,” said Reece’s biography for the film. “It was not just his ability to move quickly over mountainous terrain that set him apart, but also his calmness when things got serious.”

The Rees then moved to Helena, Montana in 1970 with their children Paige and Seth while Reece taught at Carroll College. In Montana, the couple were recruited to lead the Yellowstone Institute by Yellowstone Park Superintendent John Townsley.

It was this experience that helped Reese refine his famous idea of ​​a “Greater Yellowstone”.

“When we were Jenny Lake rangers, he was like, ‘Yellowstone and Teton [national parks] are great places, but they need to be bigger. These animals do not stop at the border; they graze, the grizzly is threatened. We have to protect their food sources,” Wilson said. “And he went on and on about it, and he just kept talking to people. He met with the Park Service folks and expanded the idea.

This led to the creation of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in 1983, promoting the concept that protecting Yellowstone also means protecting the ecosystem surrounding the two national parks.

“He made it a strength for a new wilderness,” Wilson said. “There’s a lot of new wilderness up there because of Rick.”

It was this kind of thinking that inspired the designation of vast Western national monuments—Missouri River Breaks, Basin and Range, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Bears Ears—that sought to protect entire landscapes.

Reese confused later mountain diary with journalist Todd Wilkinson, who continues to report on the relationship between the people and the land of the Greater Yellowstone region.

Reese also served as a mentor and advisor for Save Our Canyons, according to executive director Carl Fisher, who relied on Reese’s advice to push back development in the Wasatch Central Range.

“His love of Western landscapes is rooted in the Wasatch,” Fisher said. “He went on to accomplish great things.”

Among these was the creation of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail Committee in the 1990s with Jim Byrne to develop the now famous path following the contours of the former Bonneville lake. Today, the trail is used daily by thousands of Wasatch Front residents seeking respite from nature on the edge of Utah’s bustling cityscape.

Celebrations of Reese’s life will be held this spring in Bozeman, Montana, and Salt Lake City.

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2 children killed, 1 injured in West Valley City high school shooting, police say

The shooting follows a scuffle between two groups of students, police said.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Onlookers take comfort as police investigate a fatal shooting near Hunter High School in West Valley City on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

Two high school students were shot and killed and a third was injured Thursday in West Valley City, police said.

The shooting occurred on the sidewalk along 4100 South, between the northbound and southbound lanes of the Mountain View Corridor, according to West Valley City police. Three suspects were initially arrested and a fourth was taken into custody Thursday afternoon, police said.

The two students killed were 14 and 15 years old, police said. The injured student was 15 years old and was hospitalized in critical condition.

The shooting follows a scuffle between two groups of high school students, West Valley City police spokeswoman Roxanne Vainuku said at a press conference Thursday. The students involved knew each other, she added, and some of them went to Hunter High School.

Nearby, many people gathered on Thursday afternoon on the lawn of the Latter-day Saint seminary building on the edge of the high school campus, as well as on the sidewalk along 4100 South.

Behind the crime scene tape, they watched investigators examine the scene of the shooting. The children were playing on the nearby seminary lawn, chasing each other and playing a game of beating, undeterred by the strong wind and the dark scene.

Many onlookers embraced, some crying, some parading on their phones. A few stood wrapped in flannel blankets.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Onlookers watch police investigate a shooting near Hunter High School in West Valley City on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

When approached by a Salt Lake Tribune reporter, a woman said she did not know any students at Hunter High. “We’re just here to support,” she said.

A man and a woman in separate groups both said they were there because their nephew was involved in the shooting. On the sidewalk, another woman cried as someone hugged her tightly, her moans filling the cold air.

The shooting took place along a main thoroughfare, bordered on either side by patches of weed-covered land. Two smaller crime scenes in nearby neighborhoods were also under investigation, Vainuku said.

The students at Hunter High School were released early in the day at 1 p.m. after taking shelter in place as a precaution. No extracurricular activities took place on Thursday. Hunter High is located at 4200 S. 5600 West, just east of where the fight broke out.

Three other schools – Hunter Junior High, Hillside Elementary and Whittier Elementary – also sheltered in place, but the protocols were lifted around noon.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Police are investigating a shooting near Hunter High School in West Valley City on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

In a letter to parents, Hunter High School principal Ryan Oaks said grief counselors were available to support the students. in high school and Hunter Junior High. The school’s crisis team will also be available on Friday, Oaks said.

The Hunter High School girls and boys varsity basketball teams were scheduled to play against Roy High School on Friday, but Roy High announced Thursday afternoon that all games against Hunter would be postponed until February 9 due to the shootout.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the communities of West Valley & Hunter High School,” a statement read.

The children killed were not immediately identified on Thursday. More information on the circumstances of the brawl that led to the shooting was not disclosed. Police continue to investigate.

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Spy Hop tackles vaccine hesitation + SLC winter shelter now open

Happy Wednesday, Salt Lake City! Let’s start this day off on the right foot. Here is everything happening in the city today.


First of all, the weather forecast for the day:

Foggy sun. High: 44 Low: 26.


Here are the top 3 stories in Salt Lake City today:

  1. the CDC Foundation wants to reach a younger audience with youth-focused, digitally native and creative content. Thus, the local association, Spy Hop – a digital media arts center for young people – will be receive funds from the foundation use the power of art to activate media projects on the topic of vaccine reluctance. The association will collaborate with the Salt Lake County Department of Healtht on his Vax2theMax 2.0 project. (ABC 4)
  2. Finally, a winter hideaway in Salt Lake City is open for use and will be house 35 people not sheltered. While still feeling the effects of a labor shortage that has significantly delayed the opening of several seasonal shelters, county and state employees are volunteering to no longer delay opening. from this refuge. Other shelters are planned, but manage organizations like The road home are still in the process of overcoming the hurdle of their full staffing. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  3. the Salt Lake County Council has the power to repeal the Ministry of Health’s most recent mask mandate, and they already did. But in the wake of the hugely contagious omicron variant, with a record number of new cases every day, the County council won’t repeal mask mandate this time. City Councilor Aimee Winder Newton spoke in favor of the term, marking a change from her previous position. (KSL Newsradio)

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Today in Salt Lake City:

  • Learn it the basics of pointillism and how to paint a winter scene from the Wasatch Range surrounded by a spectrum of blue dots in this DIY workshop from Elizabeth walsh. All equipment is provided, and beginners are welcome! Presented by Craft Lake City at Valley Fair Mall. (6:00 p.m.)
  • Attend a cooking class with Butte Rouge garden course series Cooking with plants for a healthier U. “This series of courses aims to give individuals the tools and the confidence to redefine healthy cooking while striving for delight!” Participants will enjoy a meal after the cooking demonstration. (6:00 p.m.)
  • See Phantom like you might never have imagined? Desert Star Playhouse brings its signature hilarious twist to the classic show in its musical parody of the Phantom of the Opera. (7:00 p.m.)
  • the Utah Jazz take on the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight for a home game in Salt Lake City at Vivid arena. From the arena: “Masks are mandatory and all guests aged 12 and over must show complete proof of vaccination against COVID-19 OR a qualified negative COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours of the event to access at the arena. “(7:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • “If you went out along the Wasatch facade, you’ve probably seen the telltale haze. Yes, high pressure means inversion conditions at least mid-week, causing a drop in air quality. Carpool or use public transport whether you can.” (United States National Meteorological Service Salt Lake City Utah)
  • “Even superheroes have to wear face masks. Salt Lake County’s New Mask Mandate, masks, worn correctly, will now be compulsory in Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, regardless of vaccination status. “(Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum)
  • UMOCA is looking for a proactive autodidact with fundraising, grant development and management experience to hold the position of Grants and Strategic Funding Manager. “(Utah Museum of Contemporary Art)
  • “Submissions are now open for our Folk Arts Apprenticeship Scholarships, which aim to enable qualified people to study with traditional master artists of Utah’s Ethnic, Indigenous, Rural, and Professional Communities who demonstrate a commitment impart cultural knowledge.⁠ “(Utah Arts and Museums)

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Finally, looking for some inspiration for your social life during the winter season? You may want to check out these 8 great ideas for winter dates in Utah Utah Stories. OK, now you are up to date and ready to start Wednesday off on the right foot! See you tomorrow morning for your next update.

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About me: Joseph is a writer and marketing communications strategist, graduating in Mass Communications and Public Relations from the University of Utah. He is passionate about city life, public libraries, national parks and promoting events that strengthen community.

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“The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Season Two Episode 16


I returned. At first I thought the disruption situation two weeks ago was a gift from Joseph Smith himself to give me some breathing space as I planned a move across the country, but it turned out. Turned out it was actually just vacation or whatever, given the show came back in my midst while driving from Chicago to LA (PS thank you again, Louis!). Turns out I’m not at the center of the Bravo cinematic universe, something Mary M. Cosby apparently still grapples with.

I’ll go ahead and assume you’ve all seen it the news that Mary played hooky on the day of the reunion taping because she didn’t want to conform to the Big Bird-at-the-job-fair dress code that Meredith had planned. Or, more likely, she just didn’t want to face a moderate (ish) conversation about any of her, uh, stocks. Mary also confirmed her absence with a IG post, which features quotes from a psychiatrist named Marcia Sirota on how “bad reality TV rots our brains and makes us rude”, among other things.

As much as I want to skip Seth’s birthday party and do a close read of Mary’s art direction and hashtag choices, I’ll stick to three stray observations. 1.) This same psychiatrist starting on the evils of reality TV also writes a Blog on The single person which reads like those Insider plays where a New Yorker goes to the Midwest and says, “There was time and a grocery store, and I couldn’t believe people there were wearing shoes.” I was also surprised to find traffic lights. 2.) I chose to read the line “bad reality TV rots our brains…” with an emphasis on wrong, so this whole situation becomes a cultural criticism. 3.) Fascinating for Mary to decide on two seasons and some paycheck shit as she suddenly has an ethical problem at the precise moment she can no longer control the narrative. Correlation doesn’t necessarily imply causation, but just ‘food for thought’, you know?

Back in Utah, John, Justin, Duy and Seth are golfing. Why do we see this extended bro-down ho-down with talking hubby heads? If I wanted to watch dudes ironically demanding ‘cleavage and courage’ themed birthday deals, I would head to HBO Max and get attached to the Entourage derivative feature film. Alas, the boys are thrilled for Seth’s Day and are planning a Mother’s Day excursion to Zion for their wives.

Heather also sets up a spa day for Jen to show she cares about her criminal charges or whatever. They have a “conversation” (using “conversation” very loosely here because the edit looks like what would happen if you asked Sonja Morgan to do a TikTok) about Meredith’s loyalty to Mary, which I understand. agree, is bizarre bordering on infamous. The two girls assume that Mary and Meredith MUST be behind the Feds who stormed the bus because “how did they know we were at the Beauty Lab?” Umm, maybe because you’re filming a TV show that runs between about 3.2 locations ?! Like, I’m pretty sure I could switch to SLC at this very moment and get into Beauty Lab or one of the “Osteria” and meet at least two of the 46 Angies in your orbit! Jen isn’t invited to Seth’s birthday party, which doesn’t surprise anyone.

It’s not like she missed much, though. Aside from Meredith and Seth’s Party City x Westworld Host look being 7% scarier than normal (the bar is high), the footage was mostly Teddy the dog growling around a hot tub. Plus, Meredith sits down with Mary so she can tell her that the racist comments were basically fine and a completely understandable incident. Absolutely not. Mary’s comments (which I won’t repeat) were not a misreading of Mariame Kaba or a difficulty in grasping a specific nuance of Ocean Vuong. Like, I’m pretty sure most kids learn this specific anti-racism lesson from Elmo. Meredith and Mary then discuss Lisa’s jealousy, and that’s why she “lashes out” on Mary by telling Jennie that the shoes have been cropped. Of course, okay.

After everyone has engaged in a long discussion about Whitney’s bazoombas, Heather asks Meredith if she has considered inviting Jen, and of course she hasn’t! Meredith immediately returns to her “terrorized and traumatized my family for two years” mode, and ultimately, someone asks if there’s more to the story because Ms Marks has been treating the teat of a few likes on Twitter for 14 solid episodes now and those poor udders are raw and shriveled. She says ‘of course there are’ but gives no details, an interesting choice for someone who insisted on more details when she already had a first-hand account of someone’s religious trauma. , with corroborating bank statements!

End on an episode derived from House hunters: downsizing of the accused, the Shahs do their couples therapy painting homework while discussing the closet size of the two beds and two bathrooms that Jen checked out earlier in the week. Jen says her love is strong and everlasting and blessed. Coach says [dog that looks like both a worm and a turtle at the same time] and that Jen is, in fact, a guest on the Zion Girls’ Trip.

The distance from Salt Lake City to Zion is four hours and 20 minutes (sick, bruh). I’m telling you this so as not to pontificate on how many McDonald’s Lisa has brought or how many breaks Kevin the driver has been commissioned to but in the hope of making sense of the craziness unfolding. I’ve watched it a few times, and I still don’t understand how they went from being absent from Mary and Meredith to an intense brawl with Jen and Lisa. At this point, my guess is that Jen got on that bus with the intention of fighting Lisa – whether it’s her own or the production plan is unknown. Otherwise, I don’t understand! Like, girl, you were invited! You have an open federal criminal case! All you had to do was chat a bit and mind your own business (real and / or fraudulent)!

Part of me wants to sympathize with someone who just spent 32 hours in a car with a cat who refused to take his sedatives and therefore spent the entire time moaning throatily trying to make his way out of the cage transport: travel by car is difficult! There was absolutely a time when I, too, was like, “I SHUT UP THE FUCK NOW, GET OUT OF MY FUCKING FACE.” I’M DONE. ”But then I remembered how lucky I was to be alive and well and moving to a place that sells Home Run Inn frozen pizza in select grocery stores without also having one hell of an annual polar vortex. I guess perspective, gratitude, and self-awareness don’t exactly make reality TV compelling, though. So if I ever find myself in this situation with a camera present, I don’t. sure to tell my cat YOU’RE NOT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY GO, COME ME, BRO and see if I can tempt him into a physical altercation.

Anyway, see you next week for “TO CONTINUE! In the meantime, a guess: would you rather have Seth Marks as a husband or as a dad?



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SLC International’s New USO Airport Center Provides Comfort for On-the-Go Military


Travel-weary military service men and women and their families will have some respite from the chaos and hustle and bustle of air travel with the new USO Airport Center at Salt Lake International Airport.

The new airport hub will provide support to military personnel and families serving, training and traveling in Utah.

The United Service Organizations, or USO, smoothly opened the new facility in December last year and are planning a grand opening of the airport hub on February 4, according to a press release on Friday.

The 933-square-foot facility will include comfortable furniture for resting, computers and Wi-Fi, free snacks and drinks, luggage storage, and a lounge area with TV entertainment, movies and games. family.

“The larger airport has allowed us to provide an exceptional location and space for our military men and women,” said Bill Wyatt, executive director of the Salt Lake City Airports Department. “We hope that military personnel who connect through SLC will find rest and relaxation here and that it will make their travels more enjoyable.

The military are no strangers to long travel days with several stopovers. When an enlisted member receives travel or relocation orders, they often ship them ahead of other family members, leaving spouses and children through the hardships of travel without the assistance of their partners.

The new airport center hopes to alleviate some of the stress of travel.

ALSO: Navy expands training camp to focus more on character issues

In addition to downtown airport amenities, USO Utah will provide support operations and program delivery to the state’s five military bases. Support operations include USO bridging programs, emotional wellness programs, children’s camps and family days, officials said.

“I am excited to share a little bit of Utah with every visitor to the new USO Center,” said new USO Utah Operations and Programs Director Nate Vandenberg.

USO Utah is seeking volunteers to join the team of more than 30,000 USO volunteers who support local military service members and their families. Those interested in donating or volunteering should visit utah.uso.org.


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Snow and rain linger before temperatures start to heat up


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Good Thursday, folks!

It’s another volatile day in northern Utah, with calm conditions and a warming trend towards the south. We still have a winter storm warning in effect for the mountains of northern Utah and southwestern Wyoming until 5 p.m. Thursday.

In this warning, we expect heavy snowfall, especially for the mountains (18-36 inches), and strong winds are also likely. This will result in periods of blowing snow. Be extremely careful if you are traveling on mountain roads. Southwestern Wyoming is expected to pick up 4 to 8 inches of snow along the length of the warning. Areas prone to blowing snow or blowing snow, including Interstate 80 NE, Sardine Summit, and Logan Canyon, could experience particularly difficult travel conditions.

In valleys and mountain valleys, some persistent showers are possible. Rain would be the type of precipitation, as a warming trend brings these daytime highs into the low to the mid-1940s along the Wasatch Front. These temperatures are slightly above average for Salt Lake this time of year, with a seasonal normal around 38 degrees.

We will see warmer temperatures persist until the end of our first work week of the year. In southern Utah, you’ll feel like you’re just a few states away. We will see mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies across most of southern Utah as temperatures continue to rise. We will see over 40 with Moab returning to the low 40 as St. George enters the 50 today. Similar weather will continue through Friday, with each day being a few degrees warmer than the last. That means St. George could approach 60 by Friday. The nights will always be cool, with most falling to at least the mid-1930s.

At the end of the line ? We have an unstable Thursday for the north as this storm system dissipates, and dry and calm conditions in the south.

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Winter weather advisory issued as wind and snow return to Utah


Several inches of fresh snow blanketed the Salt Lake Valley on December 15, 2021. A storm affecting Utah mostly on Tuesday and Wednesday is expected to provide a few more inches in the county, along with several more in northern Utah and up. 2 feet in the mountains. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY – 2022 picks up where 2021 left off, at least in northern Utah.

The national meteorological service published winter weather advisory Tuesday, which cover the mountainous areas of northern Utah, where up to 2 extra feet of snow is expected through Thursday. Several inches of snow are also expected in the backcountry communities of Cache Valley and Wasatch, while the Wasatch front is also expected to receive snow.

The return of the snow

The storm system is heading west but does not cover the entire state as some storms in December did. Meteorological service hydrologists told KSL.com last week that a new system over the Pacific Ocean was emerging, changing patterns of storms entering the west.

KSL meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke said parts of northern Utah are expected to receive snow showers on Tuesday. The storm is expected to plunge into Salt Lake County in the evening, she said.

“Another system comes in (Wednesday) and may bring more snow accumulated during the morning hours (Wednesday) continuing into the afternoon and maybe even (Wednesday) at night,” she said. “For the Wasatch front, we might look at a mix of rain and snow. And then Thursday we’ll see things calm down a bit, once we’re done Thursday morning.”

Most of the snow is expected in the mountains for the duration of the storm system. Weather advisories call for 1 to 2 feet of snow in the Wasatch and Western Uinta mountains. This includes Alta, Brighton, Logan Summit, Mantua and the Mirror Lake Highway.

The warning for these zones went into effect early Tuesday and will remain in effect until 5 a.m. Thursday.

Winter driving conditions can be expected, including snow-covered roads and significantly reduced visibility, “the weather service wrote in the alert.” Areas of blowing snow can sometimes reduce visibility to near zero.

Forecast storms end with a productive December for these high elevation areas. For example, the Alta weather service station collected over 8 1/2 feet of fresh snow last month. Wasatch Mountain’s snowpack fell from about a third of normal in early December to a range of 107% to 117% of normal on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, an advisory in the Cache Valley and Wasatch backcountry, such as Garden City, Heber City, Huntsville, Logan, Park City, Smithfield and Woodruff, says 4 to 8 inches of snow through Thursday morning, with higher averages closer to Huntsville and the Ogden Valley.

The national meteorological service also tweeted a snow model on Tuesday morningg showing that Logan could end up with up to 1 foot of snow by Thursday, while Park City could also receive more than 1 foot of snow. Winter driving conditions, including snow-covered roads and poor visibility, are sometimes expected Tuesday and Wednesday in northern Utah, according to the weather service.

The agency’s model lists 1-8 inches of snow from Brigham City to Provo through Thursday, with the highest totals expected in and around Ogden, Davis County and Provo. Snow is expected in parts of central Utah, but most of the snow is concentrated in the northern part of the state.

the Utah Department of Transportation issued road weather alert for most parts of the state from the northern Parleys summit on Tuesday. The agency urges drivers to slow down and use caution, especially on high-altitude roads.

“(The) biggest impacts will be the heavier snow on the roads of the Sardine and Logan peaks during the morning drive, as well as the light snow on the roads of northern Utah,” UDOT wrote in the alert Tuesday.

Another alert is expected to be issued on Wednesday.

Windy weather

Wind is another component of the forecast for the next few days. The weather service has issued strong wind warnings and watches for parts of southwestern Wyoming, including Flaming Gorge; however, strong gusts are also expected in parts of Utah.

Gusts of up to 45 mph and more are expected in northeast Utah, including Randolph. Wind gusts are also expected to exceed 30 mph in areas like Park City and Duchesne between Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening.

Van Dyke said there would be strong gusts along the Wasatch front, but far from possibilities in northeast Utah and southwest Wyoming.

“We will see gusts of wind along the Wasatch front, but areas (northeast of Utah) could see gusts above 55 and 60 mph while (the Wasatch front) stays more in the 25 range. at 30 mph most of the day, “she said.

A full seven-day forecast for parts of Utah is available from the KSL Weather Center.

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Cold temperatures to kick off the New Year in Utah


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4) – Happy New Year, Utah!

It was certainly a messy start to the day with rainy weather widespread across the state. As we progress through the afternoon the chance of snow will gradually decrease in northern Utah. However, along the Wasatch front to the south and east of the Great Salt Lake, we will keep a chance of snow until tonight as a lake effect could develop. .

Meanwhile, for central and southern Utah, it will take longer for the snow to clear, so we’ll keep a great deal of luck this afternoon before gradually easing on Friday night. In southern Utah, in lower areas like St. George, periods of rain are likely.

For our mountains, the snow is expected to persist until tonight and possibly last until Saturday afternoon, mainly in northern Utah. Daytime highs will be a bit cooler than yesterday for most with 20s and 30s for northern Utah and 30s and 40s for southern Utah.

Considering the recent snow in the mountains, Friday presents high avalanche danger for just about all of our mountains. An avalanche warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Avoid backcountry and slopes above 30 degrees.

With the chance of rain mostly this evening, the New Years celebrations are shaping up to be dry, however, it will be COLD. As this humid weather-causing system moves away, it will drag much cooler air behind it. For Friday night, we’ll see temperatures drop among teens along the Wasatch Front, to single digits for the Wasatch Back and even into 20 in St. George. With a cool north-westerly wind, it will be even colder.

For New Years Day, apart from a slight risk of snow in our mountains, we will consider a day with persistent sunshine and cold temperatures. Highs will be below average with areas like Park City stuck in their teens, Salt Lake City will only reach a high of 23, and southern Utah at lower elevations will only climb to 30.

We will get even colder tomorrow night than tonight meaning that single digit troughs will be possible along the Wasatch Front. As we wrap up the weekend and move into the start of next week, temperatures will moderate, however Sunday and Monday will likely bring a northern valley inversion haze. It doesn’t seem to last too long, as another system seems to bring mostly northern Utah another chance for wet weather.

Take-out? The risk of rain is decreasing this evening, but it will be very cold!

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Are the Jazz a better team away from Salt Lake City?


Donovan Mitchell and Quin Snyder in Utah’s win over Dallas. (Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY – With their 120-105 victory over Portland on Wednesday, the Utah Jazz extended their best-game winning streak on the road to eight games.

The Jazz are proving to be some of the best road teams in the league. They are 12-3 in Salt Lake City and have a better net plus-12.0 on the road. But during their winning streak on the road, the Jazz have also lost four home games so, to be frank, quite disconcerting.

They lost on last-second (or almost last-second) shots to the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies, then followed a four-game road sweep with back-to-back home losses to below average opponents.

So what gives?

“Well, it’s not that we don’t like playing at home and it’s not our fans, so you can take those two things out,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

Note.

To be fair, Utah has been far from awful at Vivint Arena. The Jazz are 13-6 and if you take the two last-second losses away, the road-to-home story probably doesn’t exist.

Utah, after all, has the third-best net score in home games over-9.1; it’s still really very good. The two teams they are watching, however, are the same teams that are also ahead of them in the Western Conference standings: Golden State and Phoenix.

The Suns have been three games better than the Jazz at home; the Warriors were four. Without a few woes at home, the Jazz would be exactly where they were last year – holding the NBA’s best record. For Snyder, this is more of a coincidence than anything else.

“I think the record is sometimes misleading because you can play at home or on the road when your team is playing well, or when you are not playing as well,” Snyder said. “We lost a few tight home games that I thought shouldn’t have been close – we lost them on the last possession – so there are two of them out there where we weren’t really playing well at the basketball, and it shows. “

Rudy Gobert, however, said there might be something to the narrative after all. He admitted that the road games were more like a “mission” that the team could fully focus on together.

“We fly together, we stay together in the same hotel, and then we go to the game,” said Gobert. “Maybe sometimes when we’re at home we’re a little more distracted and we’re not as good.”

Gobert said the team have looked fresher on the road this season – a stark contrast to how things normally go in the league.

That said, Gobert has made it clear that he doesn’t know the real reason for the discrepancy between the home and road records, and the narrative is about to be heavily contested.

The Jazz will get a few tough home games this weekend – the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, then the top-ranked Warriors on Saturday – before heading off for a busy month of travel. In January, Utah will play 11 of its 16 road games. When the calendar came out it looked like a daunting task.

Now, that begs this question: could this actually be a good thing?

“We’re going to find out if we can continue to be as effective,” Snyder said.

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Historian sheds light on who else is buried near Brigham Young


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Historians have shed new light on some small mysteries surrounding the Salt Lake City tomb of Mormon pioneer prophet Brigham Young.

Teams from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are renovating the small cemetery in the avenues as part of work that includes the addition of improved lighting and other upgrades to better protect the historic site of ‘a recent increase in vandalism and trespassing.

Radar penetrating the cemetery floor before construction detected “more than 40” burial sites, of which only about a dozen have been marked, a church historical curator told city officials earlier this year. .

Church officials have since declined to elaborate on comments on the graves of Emily Utt, a Utah-based curator of historic sites for the faith, delivered to the city’s city council in July. Historic Monuments Commission in its review of the renovations.

But a retired church historian who has studied relics from Utah’s pioneering past said the results came as no surprise. Nearly 48 graves are documented in burial lists and death records related to the family cemetery at 140 E. First Avenue, said Randy Dixon, including wives, children, grandchildren and a few neighbors from the polygamous leader of Latter-day Saints.

The radar investigation, according to Dixon, was not intended to locate all of the burial plots in the cemetery, but rather to locate those located in the sections where the walkways, trees and the wrought iron fence of the cemetery are being overhauled. .

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brigham Young Family Cemetery, 140 E. First Avenue, Saturday, November 27, 2021.

The burials at the cemetery, located on land once owned by Young, predate the powerful leader’s death in 1877, said Dixon, who retired from the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City. One-third of an acre site was used long after his burial for extended family members and those associated with larger households who survived him.

“Over the years those markers have deteriorated and gone, but, at this point anyway, they’re not trying to identify all of these other graves,” he said. “They just wanted to make sure it wouldn’t disturb anything in the area where they were working.”

As with Temple Square a block to the west, the border-era cemetery, which is now surrounded by houses and apartments, is being improved, according to church plans released in the ‘city Hall.

As part of replacing its separate stone paths, walls, lights and mature trees, church officials in April asked for approval to increase the height of the decorative wrought iron fence. of 32 inches around the cemetery, also known as the Mormon. Commemorative monument to the pioneers.

Church officials have sought to raise the fence to between 5 and 9.5 feet as an additional safety measure in light of an increase in vandalism over the past two years, including graffiti on Young’s plaque and the theft of several tombstones.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Aerial view of the Brigham Young Family Cemetery, 140 E. First Avenue, Saturday, November 27, 2021.

The Brigham Young Family Cemetery is a designated Historic Landmark in the City’s Historic Avenues district. This gives the Historic Monuments Commission authority over the proposed changes, and commission members refused in July and September to approve the church’s plans to change the fence.

The wrought iron fence mounted on top of a stone wall around the cemetery and a similar enclosure around Young’s grave were both designed and manufactured by William J. Silver, a metalwork operator in Salt Lake City.

Although they expressed sympathy for the security concerns, commission members and city employees concluded that the church’s plans to temporarily weld new wrought iron bars to the bottom of the existing fence, then to attach this taller structure to the stone wall surrounding the cemetery “have no historical basis.

Then, around Thanksgiving, as the church unsuccessfully appealed the commission’s decision, the fence disappeared from the cemetery, in apparent violation of a city order that approved further work on the site.

In documents filed three days before Christmas, officials essentially sought permission retroactively with a request for approval. “We are proposing to remove the perimeter fence to make necessary repairs and improve structural performance,” church officials wrote – after the fence was gone.

“These repairs are easier to do in a store than on-site,” they wrote, noting that the removal would also spare neighbors the noise of sandblasting and painting the fence and “minimize potential damage to other features of the fence. site”.

“Each section of the fence will be labeled and cataloged before being removed to ensure all parts are reinstalled in the original location,” church officials wrote. The same care, they said, would be taken with a smaller fence surrounding Young’s white tomb maker, which was also removed around Thanksgiving.

Offsite work on the perimeter fence was to include lengthening its anchor points in the stone wall, depending on the application, replacing and repairing missing or damaged parts and removing some L-shaped brackets. added to the fence over the years.

And as per the city’s approval of the application on December 22, there are no changes to the height of the existing fence at this time.

In a statement issued on Dec. 7, a church spokesperson said that “the historic wrought-iron fence that surrounds the cemetery has been carefully removed and is being temporarily stored off-site for preservation.”

“It will be restored and relocated as part of the project,” the spokesperson said. Meanwhile, a 6-foot chain-link perimeter fence still surrounded the cemetery on Monday as renovations continued.


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Video of a snow squall in Salt Lake City


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – It wasn’t a white Christmas in Utah, but a flurry of snow arrived early Sunday morning for part of the state. The state battled a multitude of weather impacts as a robust cold front approached and swept through northern Utah early Sunday morning. This front has triggered a “snow squall warning” for a few counties. A snow squall is an intense, short-lived gust of heavy snowfall that results in a rapid reduction in visibility and is often accompanied by gusts of wind. Sudden whiteout conditions and slippery or muddy roads can easily lead to many accidents.

Wind gusts were noticeable overnight, particularly in the western part of the state as well as in Tooele and Salt Lake counties, as a wind advisory went into effect at 2 a.m. Winds were sustained between 25 and 35 miles per hour with gusts of up to 55 miles per hour. Some places saw gusts higher than those with a gust of 62 mph recorded at the Evanston, Wyoming airport at squall time. We still expect blustery northwesterly winds throughout the day with the wind advisory being maintained for some areas until 7pm.

As a result of this weather system, colder air begins to set in for us and much cooler temperatures for our region. Most will be sitting in the 1930s and 1940s with mostly cloudy skies. As evening and night approach, we remain calmer but start to see even colder air coming in with our next meteorologist and this storm seems quite cold. Another round of statewide snowfall is possible Monday evening. We have implemented an active model at the end of the year, with a possible risk of snow several days next week.

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Man arrested for attempted hijacking at car wash


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4– On Friday, December 24, Salt Lake City police arrested a 28-year-old man after crashing a stolen SUV, running away from officers and trying to hijack a person in a car.

SLCPD officers say around 7:13 a.m. they received a call regarding a possible impaired driver in the 800 South and 1000 West area. It was reported that the suspect’s vehicle was traveling at high speed across the Jordan River. They also reported that at some point the vehicle passed through oncoming traffic.

As officers entered the area to search for the suspect’s vehicle, the driver, at high speed, crashed into a parked car near the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Montgomery Street. A witness reported that the driver got out of the vehicle and walked west.

When an SLCPD sergeant located the suspect walking on Redwood Road near 1000 West, the suspect immediately ran to a nearby car wash. Officers said the suspect attempted to steal someone’s vehicle from inside the car wash parking lot.

Due to the suspect’s jacket, the deployment of an officer’s Taser did not work. An SLCPD officer and sergeant managed to prevent the suspect from escaping and took him into custody without further incident.

During the investigation, officers learned that the vehicle the suspect was driving was reported stolen in Salt Lake City. Inside the stolen vehicle, officers found several other items, including a birth certificate, passport, several cell phones, and a vehicle registration card, all of which appear to be suspected theft.

Officers also determined that the suspect had at least one active felony arrest warrant at the time of his arrest.

The suspect’s name will not be released until he is incarcerated in the Salt Lake County Metropolitan Jail.

The victim of the attempted carjacking was not injured.

No additional information is available for publication.


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Utah adds more than 1.4,000 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths amid omicron outbreak on Wednesday


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The Utah Department of Health is reporting 1,406 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, December 22, and 11 new deaths since yesterday.

Here is the detail of the new cases:

Case

With 1,406 new cases of COVID-19 reported, the total number of cases in Utah has reached 622,414.

Of today’s new cases, 167 are school-aged children. The UDOH reports 72 cases in children aged 5 to 10 years, 44 cases in children aged 11 to 13 years and 51 cases in children aged 14 to 17 years.

Vaccines

A total of 4,465,357 doses of vaccine have been administered in Utah.

This is an increase of 16,694 doses since yesterday.

Vaccinated vs unvaccinated risk ratio

In the past 28 days, unvaccinated people are 16.4 times more likely to die from COVID-19, 9.6 times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19, and 3.7 times more likely to risk of testing positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

As of February 1, 2021, unvaccinated people are 6.8 times more likely to die from COVID-19, 5.6 times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19, and 2.5 times more risk to be tested positive for COVID-19 than vaccinated people.

Laboratory tests

Laboratory reports from the Utah Department of Health show 4,163,884 people have been tested. This is an increase of 10,444.

The UDOH reports a total of 7,635,746 tests in total, an increase of 20,001 since yesterday.

Tendencies

The 7-day moving average for positive tests is 981 per day.

The 7-day moving average for the percentage of positivity of “people to people” is 11.6%. The 7-day moving average for the percentage of “test-to-test” positivity is 8%.

Hospitalizations

There are currently 457 people hospitalized with COVID-19. The total number of hospitalizations since the start of the epidemic is 27,140.

Death

There are 11 new virus-related deaths reported. The UDOH reports a total of 3,749 deaths.

  1. Female, aged 15-24, resident of Utah County, unknown if hospitalized at time of death *** not underage
  2. Male, 25-44, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at time of death
  3. Male, aged 45 to 64, resident of Utah County, unknown if hospitalized at time of death
  4. Woman, aged 65 to 84, resident of Washington County, hospitalized at time of death
  5. Female, aged 65 to 84, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at time of death
  6. Female, 25-44, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at time of death
  7. Male, over 85, resident of Utah County, resident in long-term care facility
  8. Female, aged 65 to 84, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at time of death
  9. Woman, aged 65 to 84, resident of Washington County, hospitalized at time of death
  10. Woman, aged 25 to 44, resident of Utah County, hospitalized at time of death
  11. Male, aged 65 to 84, resident of Iron County, hospitalized at time of death

Today vs Yesterday

Today Yesterday
Total Utahns Tested Positive 622 414 621,008
Total number of people tested 4,163,884 4,153,440
COVID-19 Deaths in Utah 3,749 3,738
Vaccines administered 4,465,357 4,448,663
Utahns currently hospitalized with COVID-19 457 444
Total hospitalizations 27 140 27,093

Utah’s COVID-19 transmission index as of December 22


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University of Utah investigates reports of KKK group in dormitories, droppings strewn on black student’s door


The incidents drew further criticism after a student asked on social media why they had not been approached.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The University of Utah is pictured Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The Salt Lake City school is investigating reports of a KKK group on campus, as well as a debriefing of excrement spread out on a black student door.

University of Utah investigating a report that a group of men entered a dormitory dressed like the KKK, in hooded white robes, in early October.

And the school is investigating a second incident a month earlier, when a black student reported that a substance that appeared to be feces was smeared on the door of a dormitory in the same building.

The two incidents gained attention Sunday night after a student at the Salt Lake City school posted about them on Instagram, wondering why they had not been approached. Now, a U.S. spokesperson has said residential housing officials and campus police are re-examining the incidents, after initial investigations were inconclusive.

Cases are also reviewed by the Racist and Partial Incident Response Team at U., which is expected to issue a statement on its findings this week. After initially saying that the team’s review did not begin until after the student was posted, a U.S. spokesperson later said on Monday that it was not clear whether the team had been informed of the reports earlier.

In the first incident, which happened on September 1, a black student said he returned to his dorm to find him covered in a brown substance, with a paper towel resting on the handle, according to the US spokesperson. . The student believed it was feces and cleaned it up with help from the staff before reporting to his Resident Advisor, or RA.

The United States Housing Bureau reviewed the footage throughout the day and saw no one approaching or at the door. The school spokesperson, however, said the cameras may not have covered the specific area. They did not publicly identify which dormitory the student lived in.

The student was immediately transferred to new accommodation.

In the second case, which allegedly occurred on October 1, an RA reported hearing students in the students’ original dormitory talk about seeing men dressed in KKK clothes trying to recruit students into a supremacist group. White. READ. again scanned three days of video but found nothing matching that description, the spokesperson said. She then clarified that the report noted that the men in white robes were inside the dormitory.

After this RA report, another student’s report from the same day was added to this record. The student said he found a substance he also believed to be feces smeared on his door. The spokesperson initially thought it could be a car door, but later said he was not sure. The student did not immediately contact the police and the school was unable to corroborate this report.

The spokesperson said he was not sure either of these incidents was considered a possible hate crime, but police are re-examining both.

The incidents are the latest to occur in the United States. The school also opened a case in September after two students allegedly shouted racist slurs at a contract worker as he made a delivery to a dormitory loading dock. The students then apparently threw sunflower seeds and coffee pods at the worker.

The worker immediately reported the interaction to university officials, who were able to identify responsible students “and hold them accountable throughout the conduct process,” according to an earlier statement from the U.

At the time, US President Taylor Randall said, “Let me be clear, racist and hateful behavior on our campus is an offense to our entire community, especially our communities of color.”

Prior to that, in January 2020, a car was marked with the N word on campus – shortly before the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations.

University officials say the racist-tagged insult was made by someone pressing their finger in the frost on the car’s windshield and was not permanent. They identified several people involved, according to a school statement, and took “appropriate action.”

The school – along with others in Utah – recently had problems with white supremacist groups coming to campus, hanging up posters and stickers and trying to recruit new members. It culminated in February 2019 when Identity Evropa, which is named as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, climbed the hill to the concrete block U above the university and put up a banner. who declared: “End immigration!” “


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Police seek “person of interest” in South Salt Lake homicide


SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah – South Salt Lake Police are investigating a homicide that occurred early Saturday morning.

According to a Facebook Live publication on the official department page, SSLPD agents were dispatched to the Southern X-posure Show Club at 3420 S. State Street at approximately 12:10 am for a report of gunfire. A man in his mid-twenties was found injured and taken to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Authorities have not confirmed exactly where the shots were fired or any other details of what happened.

A male suspect fled the area, and police initially said information about him was limited. They then posted a photo, appearing to come from surveillance video at a convenience store, of a “person of interest” in the homicide. He is described as a male in his mid-twenties, standing around six feet tall with short hair.

The department also released a photo of the vehicle it said may have fled from the crime scene. This is a 2007 BMW SUV in gold with the Utah U82 2UE license plate. Police say he’s registered at an address in Murray, but did not disclose the name of the SUV’s owner or person of interest.

South Salt Lake Police

A person of interest and a vehicle which police believe may have been involved in a homicide early Saturday morning (12/18/2021).

Police have added a warning that if anyone sees or recognizes the person or vehicle pictured above, they should not approach either and should instead call police dispatch at 801-840-4000.

Those who have other tips or information useful for the investigation should call the same number.

FOX 13 will update this story if and when more information is released.


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