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Federal appeals court urged re-trial over SLC police shooting

SALT LAKE CITY – A federal appeals court has been asked to revive a lawsuit filed by the family of a man shot dead by a Salt Lake City police officer.

In recent arguments at the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver, attorneys for Patrick Harmon Sr.’s estate urged a three-judge panel to reinstate the trial which was overturned by a federal judge in the United States. ‘Utah.

The judge “wrongly determined that Mr. Harmon posed a serious threat,” argued Harmon family attorney Nicholas Lutz.

Harmony was arrested by police while cycling on State Street in 2017. Officers discovered Harmon had a warrant for his arrest. While handcuffed, Harmon broke free. What happened next is the subject of the family’s trial.

Police claimed Harmon had a knife and threatened officers when he was shot several times. The Harmon family maintains that while a weapon was found nearby, body camera footage did not show him holding it.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill found shooting legally justified. The shooting was among those cited in Black Lives Matter’s protests against police brutality last year.

The Harmon family sued the Salt Lake City Police and Officer Clinton Fox, alleging racial bias (Harmon is black and the officer is white), excessive force and a violation of Harmon’s constitutional rights by the police. A judge dismissed part of the lawsuit, ruling that what the officers had done was “legally, objectively reasonable”, but also allowing certain allegations of racial prejudice to go forward in state court.

The Harmon family asked the 10th Circuit Court to restart the trial and have it decided by a jury.

“The inevitable inference from these allegations is that Mr. Harmon did not pose a serious and immediate threat to the officers at the time he was killed,” Lutz told the judges.

The police body camera video was a key part of the arguments, with Lutz and Katherine Nichol, the Salt Lake City lawyer, drawing the judges’ attention to it.

“When I saw the video they never ordered him to drop anything and the only audible statement was the officer shouting ‘I’m going to shoot you’,” Judge Keith Kelly said at the ‘hearing.

“That’s right, your honor. It was the only order, as you may call it, that was given to Mr. Harmon,” Lutz replied.

But the Salt Lake City attorney argued that judges should consider what a “reasonable officer” would do in the circumstances.

“Officer Fox was faced with circumstances in which, during an arrest for a second degree felony, Mr. Harmon begged officers to let him go,” Nichol said. “He then freed himself while in handcuffs, he pushed an officer to the ground as he was running away, then he stopped running and turned back to the officers with what appeared to be reasonable and was, in fact, a knife. “

Throughout the 30 or so minutes of argument, the judges appeared somewhat skeptical of some of Salt Lake City’s arguments.

“Even if he pushed it, I grant you. Three officers, one guy on a bike. They fight. They don’t tell him to drop anything. I couldn’t see anything in it. the video. and he says I’m going to shoot you, and he does. Is this standard operating procedure in Salt Lake? “asked Judge Kelly.

“No, your honor,” replied Nichol. “The Court’s investigation covers all of the circumstances, as the Court is well aware.”

The 10th circuit court took the case under advisement without delay for the time when it could rule.

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Rio Grande plan, updated: underground trains in depot and granary districts catch Salt Lake City’s attention

500 W in Salt Lake City would be converted back into a transit corridor if the Rio Grande plan is successful. Looking south, a new canopy, with the Rio Grande depot to the left and the depot district redevelopment area to the right. Image courtesy of Cameron Blakely.

A plan designed by citizen-professionals that would revitalize rail transport, remove barriers between downtown and the city’s west side, and free up hundreds of acres for redevelopment has made its way to some “important players” since. our last report.

Designed in 2020, the Rio Grande Plan has raised eyebrows ever since. Its new iteration, which has just been released, is an impressive blend of graphic and urban design, transportation engineering and rail knowledge.

The plan sponsors tell us that their presentations were well received – representatives from most, if not all, of the organizations agreed that they would benefit from the plan. But none thinks they can do the lift on their own, and none so far has given any indication of a willingness to lead.

Salt Lake City City Hall officials, for their part, call the plan “forward-thinking,” “bold” and “transformative,” while making it clear that they would need partners. keys to intensify.

The current challenge, the plan’s authors tell us, is to find “champions” within key agencies to move the idea forward in its early stages.

Building Salt Lake has contacted some of these potential leaders about the plan. Some had seen the new version of the plan, others had not. We will take a look.

Map the actors

The plan’s writers, landscape architect and designer Cameron Blakely and transportation engineer Christian Lenhart – whose expertise includes the design of freeway ramps and level crossing safety – don’t hesitate to thank the others. people who helped the plan along the way.

Lenhart is “amazed and grateful for all the support, advice and help Cameron and I have received over the past year.”

He summed up their vision: “All the best cities in the world have, at their center, the beating heart of a large train station that connects the city to the surrounding communities, making the city center a real gathering place for all.

Blakely notes a “process of making”, consisting of “feedback from peers, colleagues and friends,” which made the last version a much more comprehensive document.

Current conditions on 500 W and 300 S, west side of Depot. This is the area where the new angular canopy would be located, above the train box. Notice the city’s particularly hostile approach to public space on 500 W. Photos by Luke Garrott.

They presented to the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Board of Directors and the City.

Other parties involved, and likely key partners, are Union Pacific, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), the Utah Legislature, and UT’s Department of Culture and Community Engagement, current users of the repository.

Union Pacific, of course, also holds key cards. Although no contact has been made with them, Lenhart is confident that they will welcome the closure of so many crossings with open arms. The Rio Grande plan also argues that UP’s Salt Lake City train stations are completely obsolete for their current operations.

The updated plan

The main components of the project are as follows (cited and edited from the Plan).

• Moves all north-south rail tracks between 900 S and 100 S in an underground structure called a “train box”.

• Moves all transit services from the current Salt Lake Central Station at 600W and 300S to the historic Rio Grande depot at 450W and 300S.

• Permanent disappearance of level crossings that block the west-east flow in and near the city center: 200 S and 650 W, 800 S and 650 W, and 900 S and 650 W.

• Demolishes the 400 S viaduct, freeing nearly 2000 linear feet of street frontage – 2 1/2 blocks on either side of the redesigned street.

• Opens 52 acres of land from the former use of the railroad.

• Opens over 150 additional acres of private land for redevelopment.

New renderings of the Rio Grande depot, enlarged to the west. Images courtesy of Cameron Blakely.

The authors noted two key changes between the first and second iteration. First, Blakely reconfigured 500W into an entire street, “to activate the Station Center project ground levels rather than facing them at a bus stop.” he noted.

Regional buses are moved north and south from the depot, while local UTA buses share the front of the terminal on Rio Grande St with TRAX trains.

Second, Lenhart’s expertise in designing freeway ramps led him to artfully design a way to realign the UDOT’s 900 S ramp to go down to 500 W instead of West Temple, which would be a huge win for the Central 9th ​​and Ballpark wards.

According to him, “express buses from all over the valley could take the highway, then get off on the 500 west and 900 south and up the street to the Rio Grande Depot transit center.”

“But we’ve been told a number of times that it’s more embarrassing to have it in there than not, so we deleted it.”

Reactions from municipal authorities

Salt Lake City officials were first on Lenhart and Blakely’s list for early contact, for understandable reasons. The City Redevelopment Agency (RDA) has been active in the northern part of the region for decades and has aggressively supported TRAX’s rail extensions and development around stations. The city council acts as the board of directors of the GDR and the mayor appoints its leaders.

The prospect of a new TIF zone, perhaps a Transit Redevelopment Zone (TRZ), must be appealing to city leaders with an area so well connected to the city center.

The likelihood of a political setback in the area’s development appears to be nil, given that its neighbors are the Transition Light Industrial Areas of Granary to the east and the Interstate to the west.

This “Future Land Use Master Plan” flown over shows how removing lanes and shortening freeway ramps can transform the area. Image courtesy of Cameron Blakely.

The city’s master plans also mention future extensions of the tramway or the TRAX railway line to the south through the Grenier.

Councilor Dan Dugan (District 6) was an early and energetic supporter of the plan, its authors tell us. The first-term city councilor, a retired US Navy pilot who currently works in local manufacturing, said the plan turned him on for reasons of town planning, air quality and fairness .

Dugan is starting a series of meetings in the coming days with potential partners – with the aim of securing support for a funding feasibility study.

“I’m impressed. It’s bold, transformative, where we can have great growth for Salt Lake City that doesn’t increase the number of cars or necessitate the expansion of I-15.

“What are the big barriers between east and west in the city? It’s I-15 and the railroad tracks. They block the flow of commerce, people and ideas. We have big equity issues in the city which are partially resolved by the removal of the rail lines. “

Dugan describes a commuter coming from the airport or from Ogden to downtown: “You take a train from the airport, enter a beautiful station, you walk to your meeting, walk to dinner, come back to the station. and return to your hotel or take a train home.

This new graphic shows the rail extensions and minor realignments needed around the depot – as well as how moving Central Station a block and a half east, to the existing historic Rio Grande depot, makes the key downtown destinations within walking distance. Image courtesy of Cameron Blakely.

In small group conversations, each member of city council discussed the idea, he told us. There are concerns about the high price tag, $ 300-500 million, worried Dugan says he understands. But he argues that if you add up all the transportation investments that city and state will make in and around downtown, they will cost as much and fall short of what the Rio Grande plan can.

“We have to go in with our eyes wide open. But if we don’t and do a bunch of projects separately – like adding or changing TRAX lines, expanding FrontRunner, tracks and crossings for Inner Harbor rail traffic – if you do those expensive projects. separately, we will not have the impact that the Rio Grande project will have, ”said Dugan.

Reno and Denver both made big investments by recreating their rail network around a downtown central station. Images courtesy of Plan Rio Grande.

We also asked the mayor and the director of the GDR for comments.

Mayor Erin Mendenhall told us that “I look forward to the opportunity to review this plan, but please be aware that if UTA and Union Pacific are interested in further exploring the concept of the project, our RDA is ready to work with the rest. of the city to coordinate on the feasibility of this avant-garde effort ”

For his part, RDA Director Danny Walz said: “Yes, we are aware of the Rio Grande plan and are excited about the concept. It is the role of the RDA to implement the policies and master plans of the City as well as the priorities of partners such as UTA ​​and Union Pacific… Ultimately, the implementation of this project would require that the plans and City policies be updated and a new tax increase zone established. These efforts would be coordinated by the city administration and approved by the city council and would involve engagement with the public and other stakeholders.

Next steps

The plan’s authors told us that while enthusiasm was widespread among important local players, a refrain of “moving up the food chain” was also repeated. “A state-level champion could do that,” Lenhart and Blakely said, “not any of us.”

It is unlikely that one of the many improvements that the Plan seeks to bring about, in terms of air quality, equity, transport efficiency and quality, RR level crossing safety, urban planning, pedestrian accessibility, real estate development … behind the Rio Grande Plan so that it is adopted as a policy, financed and implemented.

But what if this last interest – real estate development – and the city’s willingness to put pressure on many others – were to win out? The other key players – the state and UP – could simply get on this train.

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Utah football player Aaron Lowe, “a rock of resilience and courage”, shot dead at SLC party

Police made no arrests in the shooting, which also injured a woman.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes cornerback Aaron Lowe waves a Ty Jordan commemorative flag before the Utes play soccer against the Brigham Young Cougars on Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Provo. Lowe was shot and killed at a party in Salt Lake City on Sunday, September 26, 2021.

University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe was shot and killed early Sunday morning at a house party at Sugar House, the Salt Lake City Police Department confirmed.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said Lowe, of Mesquite, Texas, died at the scene after being shot by one or more unknown people. Paramedics transported a second person who had been shot, an adult female, to a local hospital in critical condition. The police did not disclose his name or age.

Lowe’s death is the subject of a homicide investigation.

“I am deeply saddened by the shooting death of Aaron Lowe,” Brown said in A declaration. “This talented young man touched the lives of so many here in Salt Lake City and Texas. The Salt Lake City Police Department mourns and offers condolences to the Lowe family and the University of Utah community. Our condolences also extend to the other person injured in this shooting. I hope for their speedy recovery. These investigations are complex. Our detectives have worked hard to try to identify the suspect (s) in this case. “

Before the SLCPD released Lowe’s name as a victim, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox confirmed in a tweet earlier Sunday morning that Lowe had passed and expressed his condolences to the football player’s family.

The SLCPD received a noise complaint at around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday about a house party in the 2200 block of South Broadmoor Street, near the mouth of Parleys Canyon. Hours later, someone called 911 to report a fight involving a weapon, and a second caller said they heard gunshots.

Lowe was the guest of a house party, police spokesman Brent Weisberg said.

“The people who organized the party wanted it to be a relatively small party. The people who showed up were not guests. They were asked to leave and that’s when this fight took place, ”Weisberg said at a morning press conference.

Officers did not come to the house after receiving noise complaints Friday night due to other higher priority calls, Weisberg said. After receiving reports of a fight involving a weapon, police went to the neighborhood and were making a “tactical approach” to the house when they were told that shots had been fired, Weisberg said.

“The reasons the officers formed their tactical approach were for the safety of the officers and everyone on the scene,” Weisberg said. “They were going into an unknown situation. They knew there was a fight and a gun involved. … They approached together. They wanted to make sure they had enough resources to deal with any potential threat that was on the scene and to immediately deal with the victims. “

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City Police spokesman Brent Weisberg speaks about the shooting death of University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe during a press conference in Salt Lake City on Sunday, September 26, 2021.

The police spokesperson could not say how far away the police were when the shots were fired.

Officers who answered the call found Lowe and the second person who had been shot, and provided first aid to both.

Police said several people who were at the party may have witnessed the shooting but left before police arrived. They are hoping that some of these people have photos or videos that could help resolve the matter.

No arrests were made. The SLCPD asks anyone with information about the case to call 801-799-3000 and reference case number 21-176828.

“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Aaron Lowe,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Aaron’s family and friends, as well as the other person who was injured in this tragic incident. Aaron was a great teammate, friend, brother and son and was loved by everyone who crossed paths with him. He will be sorely missed. “

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Utes cornerback Aaron Lowe (22) with teammates as the University of Utah hosts Washington State Football, NCAA in Salt Lake City on Saturday 25 September 2021.

Utes sporting director Mark Harlan added: “We are devastated by the loss of Aaron Lowe earlier this morning. Aaron was a wonderful young man, a leader of our football team and a rock of resilience and courage. Our prayers are with Aaron’s family, friends, teammates, and all who knew and loved him. We also express our deepest concern for the other person who was hospitalized as a result of this tragic incident. We communicate with and support Aaron’s family, as well as student-athletes, coaches and staff in all of our athletic programs, and we will stay focused on them.

Lowe, a high school teammate of the late Ty Jordan at West Mesquite High School in Texas, was named the first recipient of the Ty Jordan Memorial Scholarship on August 31. Lowe has gone from No.2 to No.22 this season in an effort. honor the heritage of Jordan.

“Ty made everyone around him better,” Lowe said after receiving the scholarship. “He made me better. My friendship with Ty means a lot because he always pushed me to give the best of myself. He never let me settle for less. I want to make sure his legacy lives on through me.

Jordan died on Christmas night from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.

– This story will be updated.

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Portland Timbers 6, Real Salt Lake 1: Video Highlights, Live Update Recap

UPDATE: The Timbers beat Real Salt Lake 6-1.

The Portland Timbers are looking to stay solidly positioned in the MLS playoff photo when they host a Real Salt Lake team keen to stay on the hunt for a playoff berth as well. This match starts on Saturday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. PT / 10:30 p.m. ET in Providence Park with a live broadcast on FOX 12 Plus.

• If you’re outside of the Portland and Salt Lake City markets, you can watch the game on MLS LIVE on ESPN + for under $ 7.


88th minute: Cristhian Paredes adds what should be the icing on the cake of the Timbers’ most impressive win of the season. Timbers leads 6-1 over Real Salt Lake.

85th minute: The rout is open. Jaroslaw Niezgoda adds another score for the Timbers on a broken streak inside the box. 5-1 Timbers lead over Real Salt Lake.

68th minute: Yimmi Chara finds his brother Diego Chara with an assist and Diego pushes her back with a hard blow to the ground from a distance to give the Timbers the advantage 4-1.

48th minute: Right after the half-time break, Yimmi Chara gives the Timbers some breathing space with a beautifully placed shot that floated to the top corner of the far post where the keeper can’t even put his finger on it and the Timbers lead now 3-1 on the real salt lake.

41st minute: Damir Kreilach withdraws a goal for Real Salt Lake with a perfectly placed header. RSL is not out of this game yet, far from it. Timbers still leads 2-1.

36th minute: Dario Zuparic sends a long ball into the box from midfield and Dairon Asprilla perfectly times the ball with a shiny header that lands softly on the pitch and bounces past the keeper to double the Timbers’ lead to 2-0. Brilliant goal.

27th minute: Goal! Felipe Mora continues his tear at the red light, this time ending a beautifully executed counterattack with a last second shot scored by the RSL keeper. Timbers leads Real Salt Lake 1-0 early.


CHANCES: Wood (+100) | Mintage (+290) | RSL (+245)


What: Portland Timbers FC host Real Salt Lake in an MLS regular season game.

When: 7:30 p.m. PT / 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 25.

Or: Providence Park | Portland, Oregon

TV channel: FOX 12 Plus. For Comcast subscribers, FOX 12 Plus can be found on channel 13 or 713, Escape on 316. More details on where to find FOX 12 Plus.

If you have an HDTV antenna, you can watch this match locally on channel 49.1. If you need to get one, this Gesobyte brand HDTV antenna is currently the best-selling HDTV antenna product on Amazon. This costs less than $ 30 and ships quickly with Prime. If you already have a Prime account, you should be able to get it and watch Timbers games, network TV, and local news as soon as it arrives.

Watch the game live online: Unfortunately, FOX 12 Plus is not a channel currently available on streaming services. This game is available for streaming on MLS LIVE on ESPN + for under $ 7 only for fans who live outside of the Portland and Salt Lake City coverage areas. If you live outside of these areas, you can watch a live broadcast of the game on ESPN + (It’s just $ 6.99 / month or $ 69.99 / yearly subscription, and you can cancel anytime.)

ESPN + is not available on traditional cable TV packages, but is available to stream live on the ESPN app accessible on a phone, computer, smart TV, or TV equipped with a Roku, an Apple TV or any other type of streaming device. Here’s a more detailed look at how you can watch ESPN + live on your TV.)

Tim Brown, The Oregonian / OregonLive | @timfs brown

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Utah Jazz goalie Jordan Clarkson unrecognized by Salt Lake City reporter

Friday, the Utah Jazz and Vivint Arena announced that all home games will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of an event to access the arena.

So naturally, local journalists were on the streets to hear what the community thought about the recent announcement.

A member of the Jazz organization, who has also just had a best year in his career, was in the area and was ready to comment.

What KUTV reporter Hayley Crombleholme didn’t realize while conducting an interview was that she was talking to Jordan Clarkson in the Salt Lake City area.

At one point, the KUTV reporter asked, “Have you been to jazz games? [last year]? “

Clarkson responded with a hilarious and honest response.

“Yes, a lot,” he said.

Joe Ingles also liked Clarkson’s simple yet effective interview.

They were both good about the situation and later acknowledged it on Twitter. Although Crombleholme has said she will interview Clarkson again, she also admitted that the sports department is unlikely to ask for his help.

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WATCH: Jazz keeper Jordan Clarkson unrecognized by Salt Lake City reporter in team TV interview

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Jordan Clarkson has a total of 1.95 million followers on Instagram and Twitter, played for the seventh most valuable team in sports with the the Los Angeles Lakers and won the sixth man of the year with the best NBA regular season team in the Utah Jazz last year. Still, the 29-year-old combo guard may go unnoticed in his hometown.

Hayley Crombleholme, a reporter for KUTV in Salt Lake City, has sought to interview people on the streets about the upcoming Jazz season. His subject: none other than Clarkson, who has spent the past two seasons propelling Utah’s second unit.

“So, have you been to any jazz games?” Crombleholme asked, to which Clarkson was impassive and then replied, “Yeah, a lot.”

Much of the Jazz’s success last season was the product of Clarkson’s microwave-ready attack. Clarkson posted a career-high 18.4 points per game and tied career highs in rebounds at 4.0 and steals at 0.9. He also shot 34.7 percent from three points on 8.8 attempts per game, the fifth-highest rate in the NBA.

To make matters even more embarrassing for Crombleholme, she asked Clarkson to spell his first and last name before the interview, but still did not recognize him.

Clarkson – who also spent time with the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers – lent his support to Crombleholme after the botched interview went viral, writing “haha Lets GO JAZZ! Can’t wait to get started !!!” in response to his first Tweet.

Clarkson’s teammate Joe Ingles had a few laughs at Clarskon’s expense.

Despite Jazz’s recent regular-season success – five straight playoff appearances with three trips to the Western Conference semifinals under coach Quin Snyder – the team did not make it to the NBA Finals. since the defeat of the Jazz led by John Stockton and Karl Malone. at the Chicago Bulls in 1997-98.

If Clarkson can help bring Utah back to the final and potentially give the team their very first NBA championship, the chances of him not being recognized in Salt Lake City should drop significantly.

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Signs of domestic violence

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – As the city of Moab investigates the actions of its agents handling the Gabby Petito case in the city, domestic violence advocates and the former police chief say officers have everything done correctly under Utah law.

These advocates say intimate partner violence can be difficult to consistently recognize.

Nina Angelo was at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on August 27. She told ABC4 about meeting Petito and Brian Laundrie.

“His demeanor, the way he acted, how persistent he was, he, he freaked me out,” Angelo said. “She was emotional. She cried. She looked a little embarrassed.

What Angelo is talking about is something that the executive director of Allies with Families, Jenn Oxborrow, noted while watching the couple on camera footage of the police body on August 12.

“It’s one of the first things I noticed in the body camera images, it was normalization and minimization. It’s very scary,” Oxborrow says. “It’s hard to react in a way. consistent with intimate partner violence and recognizing all the various risk factors, because it’s such a complicated situation. ”

Oxborrow says these aren’t such an obvious risk factors because of fear.

“I have worked with people who have committed domestic violence and it never happens out of the blue. There are a lot of risk factors, a lot of history of aggression intensifies. And life in a van can be stressful, ”she says.

According to Oxborrow, here are some of the signs of domestic violence:

  • Insulation
  • Handling
  • Stress
  • Lack of contact with family or friends

“I think trying to follow that identity, and the influencer, the perfect life and adventure that was cultivated there can really be isolating,” says Oxborrow. “Isolation is something an abusive partner really tries to use as a manipulative tactic. It can be very frustrating for an abusive partner that they cannot completely isolate you because you have the following.

Regarding couples’ stress, Oxborrow says, “The stress seemed to escalate for them and it feels like an adventure, it feels like a vacation, it’s supposed to be a downtime, but they were trying to solve a lot of problems and were in a lot of stressful situations.

What Petito went through is something that many families in Utah are experiencing now. Utah agents arrested more than a dozen people on Thursday for domestic violence.

“We see this at Allies, with around 60% of the families we work with,” adds Oxborrow.

Experts say the most important thing people need to remember is not to find themselves in the middle of a situation of domestic violence that will compromise your safety.

With the Petito case, advocates say calling the police was the important thing.

“The passers-by who called did a great job,” says Oxborrow. “It’s really important to let people know when you hear something or something is wrong. “

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The fleeing train from the inner port must slow down

Salt Lake City is right to question plans to issue millions of taxpayer-guaranteed bonds without public participation.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Deeda Seed of Stop the Polluting Port Coalition presents an in-release report outlining the potential environmental damage from the Utah Inner Harbor project at a press conference on the US Capitol Utah on Wednesday January 22, 2020.

Recently, the runaway train known as Utah’s Inner Harbor slowed slightly.

Due to the combined efforts of committed community members and Salt Lake City officials, a vote to fund the development of a transshipment facility and other port infrastructure has been postponed. In previous weeks, the port authority had rushed to commit $ 255 million in debt, backed by property tax revenues, for purposes the port authority had not described in detail.

Without the Utah Legislature’s creation of the Utah Inner Port, these property tax revenues would have flowed into the Salt Lake City General Revenue Fund. The city will be responsible for providing a range of municipal services to the inner port area – such as water and sewer pipes, water treatment, road maintenance and public safety services – without the revenue stream typically used to fund these services. And, if the port authority does not have the revenue to pay off that debt, the responsibility could fall on Salt Lake City. All of this should be alarming for Salt Lake City taxpayers.

The director of the Port Authority said the delay was intended to bring back the “discussion on merit arguments”. We are waiting to hear what the “merits” are, but we will not hold our breath.

Summary information available to the public of the plans for the transshipment facility shows its intended location adjacent to the existing Union Pacific intermodal facility on the west side of Salt Lake City. Its goal is to process thousands of shipping containers from California ports. They will arrive in Salt Lake City on trains to be unloaded into trucks. The transshipment facility will also support the development of new warehouses.

We don’t know anything about the health consequences of all these trucks, trains and warehouses, the expected volume of traffic, and the structure and design of this facility.

We know that the ports of Long Beach and Oakland, whose air quality is drastically degraded by truck traffic, are understandably excited to dump this pollution elsewhere. But bringing this pollution into the Salt Lake valley, which has already dramatically altered air quality, doesn’t make sense. And asking taxpayers to pay for it is outrageous.

The beneficiaries of this program are the usual suspects – business interests such as Rio Tinto, Union Pacific and warehouse developers. In the port authority’s strategic business plan, the promoters cited additional rail and transshipment facilities as the keys to their profitable development.

The bottom line is that Utah taxpayers are paying for a transshipment facility that will increase pollution so that a few already wealthy corporate interests can rake in bigger profits.

To make matters worse, the port authority has created an artificial emergency, when it really should put the whole thing on a long hiatus until it can produce detailed plans outlining what it intends to do. build, exactly how much it will cost, and the human health impacts of the development.

This break should also include awaiting the outcome of the litigation filed by Salt Lake City over whether the creation of the Port Authority by the Utah Legislature was legal under the Utah Constitution. . This spring, the Utah Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case, and a decision may be released soon.

For those who haven’t followed the Inner Harbor saga closely, it is important to note that supporters of the port like to pretend that this is a “done deal”, to appease the opposition and create a feeling of inevitability, when the truth, which spread during the last legislative session, is not really so. For example, as several port leaders have told lawmakers, “this is not an inland port without a transshipment facility”.

So it’s far from a done deal, and the affected public and elected officials still have an important role to play in what’s going on with development in the northwest quadrant of Salt Lake City.

We must continue to hold the port authority to account and urge our local and state elected officials to help us end the damage caused by this costly and damaging mess.

Deeda seed is a former member of the Salt Lake City Council and a member of the Stop the Polluting Port Coalition

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The best takes of season 2, episode 2

Fans of “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Look forward to the shocking scenes they saw on this season’s Bravo reality show teaser release.

Jen Sha was seen leaving the shuttle to flee to an undisclosed location, and authorities picked her up minutes after she left.

One of the housewives later revealed that she had been arrested for fraud and charged with aiding and abetting a scam that seniors targeted across the United States.

The teaser then moved on to a scene where Shah was arguing with another housewife, Meredith Marks, accusing him of going after her.

Well, the dust has yet to settle on this drama, as episode two of the reality TV series has just unveiled some searing new details on the matter.

Read on to see the full story.

The quarrel continues

Episode two titled “Icy Apology” seemed to show that Mark’s beef with Shah from last season has been dragged into the new season. During this season, viewers have seen Marks accuse his co-worker of exposing her vagina while having a drink at her house. Apparently, Mark’s son Brooks had a full view of Shah’s lower regions and reacted uncomfortably.

For this and many other reasons, she believes her co-star is on a quest to ruin her son’s image on social media.

Instagram | Jen Shah

“She wants to take control of Brooks’ life and define who he is,” Marks told her husband, Seth, in the episode.
It came after Shah liked a tweet that suggested she should slap Brooks and call him a “sissy b ****”.

Marks continued to complain to her husband about Shah’s questionable actions.

“He didn’t label himself as gay, and she’s been busy labeling herself that way.” “I would never have ‘liked’ something like that in his children. Retweeting something is as good as saying it. Stop fucking with my kid and my family, ”added the reality TV star. For fans, their relationship has only turned from bad to worse.

Did Meredith Marks Admit She Missed Shah?

Some viewers may have drawn a parallel between Shah’s current troubles with the law and his feud with Marks. Those who shared this point of view have just received one more reason to believe that Brooks’ mother did something fishy.

Marks and Brooks appeared as guests on Andy Cohen’s late night show right after episode two of the new season aired.

The show, titled “Watch What Happens Live,” saw the reality TV star talk about many aspects in episode two of the reality TV series. However, the highlight of the interview was Mark’s response to a question posed by a viewer of both shows.

The viewer asked Marks if she criticized her colleague by calling federal authorities on her. Marks’ response was obscured by mystery. “Andy, haven’t you heard me tell everyone not to hurt my family?” ” she asked.

Viewers probably would have felt the response said more than it looks.

Shah and Gay Heart to Heart Talk

Besides Marks’ booming beef with Shah, Gay’s relationship with the indicted star was investigated in episode two.

A new scene showed Shah and Gay discussing some derogatory comments she allegedly made about him, including calling her a racist, a manatee and “Shrek.”

“Why are you throwing stupid little digs behind my back?” Gay asked.

A photo of Jen Shah in a gray fur coat, and she looks gorgeous.
Instagram | Jen Shah

“You hurt me too,” Shah replied, recalling their previous conversation during the season one reunion.

Shah then refuted Gay’s charge and became cranky about “not feeling good enough” and “standing on a different level.”

In the episode, Gay revealed that even though they would no longer be confidants, she still considers Shah a friend. It is not known if the couple reconciled, but there is still hope between them.

More scenes from episode two

Marks’ continued drama with Shah and the ensuing conversation between Shah and Gay weren’t the only hot moments in the episode.

Another notable scene revealed that the housewife, Whitney rose was not happy with the amount of sex she was having with her husband, coupled with her dream of making her Iris + Beau business worth $ 1 billion.

In another scene, viewers realized that the new housewife, Jennie Nguyen, was a wedding singer and she showcased her beautiful talent on camera for everyone to see.

Finally, colleague, Marie cosby, planned to remodel her home after bored with her design due to life at home from the pandemic.

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Salt Lake Chamber: Jennifer Seltzer Stitt: Good change nourishes souls and transforms communities

Adaptability is a pandemic buzzword in many offices. We are told that the most important – if not the most important – leadership skill is adaptability. Good news folks. By this standard, we are all leaders. I don’t know a soul that hasn’t twisted and twisted over the past two years to take on an avalanche of new and increasingly bizarre challenges. And it’s not just you and me trying to navigate quicksand. The people we love, the places we work and the communities we live in are also adapting to rapidly changing realities.

All this relentless uncertainty and constant learning can tire even the strongest person. Regardless of our openness to new ideas or our courage, it is difficult not to tremble, even if only a little, at the end of a long day where we wonder what the world will ask of us. tomorrow.

I was talking with a friend about the tension between the very real need to adjust and the fatigue and anxiety that comes with constant change. She said, “I always thought I was adaptable. I like the change. But over the past year or so, I’ve realized that I only like the right change.

Good change. The phrase reminded me of Congressman John Lewis’s famous call to get in “good trouble.” In a 2020 speech commemorating Bloody Sunday, Congressman Lewis told us to –

“Have hope, be optimistic. Our fight is not the fight of a day, of a week, of a month or of a year, it is the fight of a lifetime. Never have, never afraid to make noise and get in trouble, necessary trouble. ”

The ability to adapt to changes imposed on us is important. If all we do is survive – bend with the winds of change without breaking – we can and should be proud. There are days when I consider it a victory to have survived intact.

But there are also times when we have the capacity to do more than endure. In these moments, we take a step back from the details that so often dictate day-to-day survival and look at the big picture. We move from reaction to innovation and creation. It is from this perspective that we can use crisis and uncertainty to actively unlearn the “old way” and make the right changes that are needed.

Good change nourishes our souls and transforms our organizations and communities for the better. I believe it means something as simple as making new connections in our daily lives that help our families and communities thrive and help manage or support large institutional and systemic changes. It is asking questions about what can be: what new technology do we need to adopt? What new languages ​​do we need to learn? What new approaches do we need to take to be the people and organizations we want to become?

Is it any wonder that we like the idea of ​​a good change? It is hopeful, inspiring and innovative. But it’s also a very difficult job to do in the midst of a pandemic and all the uncertainty that comes with it. There are few – if any – people who can maintain the kind of daring, vulnerability, optimism and energy it takes to effect good and necessary change day in and day out. Instead, it seems like we’re moving between the role of adaptation and creation, survival and rise. With that in mind, and whatever role you see yourself in today, have hope and be optimistic. You are the leader we need.

About our guest writer:
Jennifer Seltzer Stitt
Director of Community Relations, Salt Lake Community College

Jennifer Seltzer Stitt is Director of Community Relations at Salt Lake Community College. She works to strengthen the role of the College within our community and facilitates support for a variety of college initiatives. Throughout her career, she has worked with nonprofits, government, and the community to create systems change and give people the platform and tools they need to be successful. Jennifer received her BA from the University of Miami and her MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. When she’s not working, you’ll find Jennifer at local festivals, farmer’s markets, and baseball games with her husband and two energetic boys.

This press release was produced by the salt lake room. The opinions expressed are those of the author.

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Swedish family travels to Utah for innovative brain implant

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) – An 11-year-old girl travels to Utah to become the first European child to receive innovative brain implant treatment for epilepsy.

The young girl, Edith, was deprived of her childhood due to a lifelong struggle with severe seizures. Her family say Edith has been ill for over four years now, and almost lost her life at one point due to an uncontrolled seizure.

Her family first noticed the disease when Edith was 7 years old. She came home from school one day feeling very ill with a high fever, excessive loss of energy and flu-like symptoms. The situation worsened when she was found shaking uncontrollably with blood in her mouth, unable to wake up.

Edith spent a month in a Swedish intensive care unit completely sedated, with doctors unable to control her tremors and raging fever. Her family believed she would not make it out alive. Fortunately, Edith was able to wake up, but her life has been radically changed since this first epileptic episode.

Her family were desperate to find a solution and discovered a tunnel of light while listening to a podcast.
They overheard a conversation about an innovative pacemaker with Dr. Robert Bollo, surgical director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.

The invention, called the NeuroPace RNS, is an epilepsy device that offers personalized treatment by responding to abnormal brain activity. The device is FDA approved, but was not available in Sweden, so Edith’s family flew to Utah, in hopes that the innovative implant device could finally bring their lives back to life. girl.

“She doesn’t really have a life right now and that’s what we’re fighting to give her. But whatever crises do to him is even worse. She can’t ride a bike, play with her friends, as soon as we try to do something she has horrible seizures and they knock her out and affect her cognition, mood and well-being … so she doesn’t never smells good, ”Carl says Molstad Edith’s father.

Edith was able to surgically implant the device in June and doctors are still monitoring her reaction to the procedure. She is scheduled for an update visit in December. The pacemaker’s journey is not instantaneous, they say, and only time will tell if Edith can finally stop struggling and enjoy her childhood again.

About 30 NeuroPace RNS devices have been implanted in Utah, with the battery requiring replacement after eight years. Edith’s family doesn’t know what the future holds or if Edith will need this device for the rest of her life, but they hope surgery will be the answer to all their prayers.

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Gardeners, beware! Severe frost is expected in parts of Utah on Monday evening

Temperatures will start to climb on Tuesday.

Trent Nelson | Hikers from Salt Lake Tribune in a snowy landscape near Jordan Pines in Big Cottonwood Canyon on November 2, 2014. Severe frost is expected in parts of Utah Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Unusually cool Monday temperatures will turn positively cold Monday evening, with severe frost expected in parts of Utah, according to the national meteorological service.

The cold air mass moving through the state caused temperatures to drop 10 to 15 degrees below normal Monday with an expected high of just 63. Hard frost is expected between midnight Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Bear River Valley, the Wasatch Dos, the Sanpete Valley and Sevier River Valleys.

There is also the possibility of severe freezes in Cache Valley and parts of Iron County. Temperatures of 28 and below are expected, and the towns of Huntsville, Park City, Heber City, Woodruff, Randolph, Garden City, Manti, Ephraim, Mount Pleasant, Panguitch, Circleville and Koosharem could all be affected.

Frost could kill crops and other sensitive plants and stands and damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

It’s a taste of fall – the first day of fall is Wednesday – and it’s only temporary. Temperatures are expected to rise during the week.

The normal Sept. 20 high in Salt Lake City is 79 degrees, gradually decreasing to 76 over the next week. Current forecasts call for highs in the 70s on Tuesday, in the upper 70s on Wednesday, and in the 80s on Thursday through Sunday.

The St. George area will benefit from a one-day break from the heat, with a high of nearly 86 on Monday. Then it’s back to the low to mid 90s Tuesday through Sunday.

There is no precipitation in the forecast.

According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Air quality will be green / good through Wednesday in Cache, Carbon, Duchesne, Iron, Tooele, Uintah, Washington and Weber / Box Elder counties.

Forecasts are green / good Monday in Salt Lake, Davis and Utah counties, changing to yellow / moderate Tuesday and Wednesday.

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‘Real Housewives of Salt Lake City’ Season 2, Episode 2

What an absolute rip off. This episode was the visual equivalent of strolling through your drugstore of choice, picking up a bag of Starburst FaveREDS, and opening them at home to find they are exclusively yellow and orange. And not only that, inside each wrapper there is no candy, just Whitney’s disembodied torso mimicking various sex acts and saying “vagina” with her “softer” accent. While usually that would be a funny little chuckle, we were promised the metaphorical red and pink stars of federal criminal activity and the potential inner workings of a cult !! I had to revisit the first two minutes of last week’s episode to keep my head in the game amid all the vaginal updates.

Sidenote: This is not a criticism of the word vagina or contents of the vagina! In fact, I’m impressed that almost all of these women can use the word real without flinching instead of like, vah-jay-jay or some other cutesy faux-coy nonsense popular among the most chaste elite in the world. Utah. There is so much MORE to explore beyond vaginal filling (a medical procedure surely offered at Beauty Lab + Laser, and if not – Heather, here’s a free idea).

Anyway, we open up on my favorite part of each episode: “Three clips” (not sold on that name yet, still in the workshop). This is where editors sneak in some ridiculous appetizers to whet our collective whistle. How else would we know that Mary’s son is a Yoplait cat but is still trying to find out where he stands on Evian vs. cure the sadness of John Barlow (remember our mnemonic device: THEIHER = THEost voIthis HERd husband)? Plus, Barlow’s younger generation is clearly up to something. Nothing says an evil conspiracy than playing with a tub of hair gel while sporting a new induction cup.

In Park City we have yet another tour of Barney’s Warehouse 2014 operating from Shah Chalet. Stu Chainz makes her first appearance, expressing concerns about Jen’s growing shoe collection as if perhaps she is a little too showy about funds that they might or might not steal from innocent people. Jen’s nephew Dwayne asks her why she has all this and that’s a VALID QUESTION, SIR. Dwayne is actually living with Jen after she left him reading for months when he asked for help getting him and his mother out of South Central. She agrees to donate a bunch of unwanted clothes because Ramadan is approaching and she has prayed a lot and thought about the positive things in her life and tries to push away the negativity. So naturally, she FaceTimes Heather to see if they can reunite and maybe mend their friendship after Jen compares Heather to Shrek and a manatee. And Jen wonders why she doesn’t have any friends ?!

Speaking of Jen’s enemies, Meredith is back on her bullshit. And by bullshit I mean wearing blazers indoors, swallowing merlot in goblets and snuggling up to the goatee that Seth dramatically reveals after taking off his Lana Del Rey x Donda racing look. They discuss how Jen still enjoys tweets about Brooks’ sexuality while her journey is none of her business. Seth thinks there may be some misunderstanding, and no, that wasn’t the answer to Meredith, my boy. She gets mad at how good retweeting something is as good as saying it and that she’s going to go wild on Jen. Meredith promises it’s gonna end ugly for her, and wow, we’ve got a regular Tiresias on our hands. I’m tempted to end the recap here and look for allegorical precedents of Meredith that could potentially cause Jen legal trouble with this prophecy.

Alas, the show must go on because Mary Cosby is renovating her house, a project that sincerely excites me. Sure, the entrepreneur Cousin Joe can take six years to get the job done, but can you even imagine what this woman is going to do? I’m tempted to say you can only get up from Large comfortable sofa kitchens, dog-run lounges and the ghost of a 19th-century ballerina trapped in every lamp, but Mary continues to push the boundaries of gruesome interior choices. Imagine that you take “Name one thing in this Photo”And using an endless tub of untaxed church dollars to apply its aesthetic over 20,000 square feet. I would watch a full HGTV spin-off, extra credit if there is a Fair gemstones-esque rogue exhibition subplot. Back in “reality”, Mary is now a licensed gynecologist, upset that her son no longer listens to his lessons on vaginal flora and non-fishy girlfriends. No extra jokes are needed for this one.

Back in Shahlet, we finally have Stewart and Lisa discussing a CBD deal and a potential accomplice filmed and JUST KIDDING. Jennie and Lisa collide with “AMERICA I LOVE YOU” traffic signs and cat carriers full of sewing supplies. Lisa no longer poops, fartes or releases any other biological waste. She just has a little rumble in her stomach and pulls out a Vida Tequila gift bag. So, of course, there are a few in tow as well, which is great because it’s time to rehash the vagina-gate once again. Lisa tells Jen about Shabbat last week in hopes Jen will agree to apologize to Meredith. Jen says it wouldn’t have been a problem if Brooks hadn’t said anything derogatory about her vagina and “she just liked funny stuff.” Lisa believes they can have the healing, but Jen doesn’t like to apologize again for saying the healing. There’s a Jen apologizing supercup in the past, and I’m pretty sure those were all excuses for Jen telling people that Meredith was cheating on Seth? Either way, for the sheer volume of mirrors everyone is packed into, there seems to be surprisingly limited self-reflection!

Quick vagina flash update. Heather trades Whitney a free shopping spree for a full tank of gas before she meets Jen and says her beaver hasn’t been knitted for a while. Jennie explains that even though Duy wants more kids, she’s sick of doing everything except wiping his ass, and besides, if her family grows, her vagina would be about the size of a balloon. regulation volleyball. Duy even asks nine-year-old Karlyn if she wants a little brother, and she says “no”. LEGENDARY. I’m with Karlyn (ugh, and I’m guessing with Jennie’s vagina vicariously.) On the opposite end of the spectrum, Whitney’s vagina isn’t filling properly. She’s clearly going through great cognitive dissonance because her mind is saying, “Baby, I can’t right now, bosses don’t just build billion dollar businesses without fuss, time and illusion in equal parts.” , and her vagina said, “Mom turns into horny cranky skin without her required DAILY dose of Justin.” All of you, what must we collectively do to have Esther Perel make an appearance at the meeting? At this point I will do it. We need more or less general interventions.

Finally, it’s time for Jen and Heather to waddle in the last scene of The brilliant so they can chop up their shit. Overall, Heather is upset that Jen is doing things behind her back, like calling her a racist, and wants to know why she “pulled this card in such a busy time.” Heather, no! If you show up mature and ready to apologize, you can simply apologize for the microaggression incident that hurt your best friend, explain how you found out about the subtext of the word ‘aggressive’ in is about women of color, then listen to Jen to solve that specific problem INSTEAD of getting all weird and acting like Jen is walking around with a big scarlet R to stick to you all the time.

Either way, Jen seems to feel heard about the racial dynamics of their friendship. They may have solved this privately because, against all odds, these two seem like real friends – I hope Heather lawyer! But of course, it doesn’t end there as there are also allegations that Jen referred to Heather as a marine mammal / Honey Boo Boo. Heather has screenshots from Instagram DMs, and Jen is now EXTRA mad because Heather has to trust her and not believe just anyone. So if Jen claims she didn’t, is she saying Stewart is a Chaos Lord in her account? Or that someone else is doing some elaborate Photoshop work? Both are more plausible than I’d like to admit, but overall it looks like a real razor of Occam’s blue-checkered insults. Long story short, Heather says she loves Jen and promises to be her friend if she stops the big back stabbing jokes. Jen promises to change the way she communicates, then throws churros straight into an open flame. A metaphor? You decide.

As a farewell gift, here are the archives of “Talking Facts of Life with Mary Podcast: Let’s Talk Real.” Real facts about life in the real world. I choked four hours and haven’t heard Mary speak once, but I will continue to pray to my higher power of choice that we can listen to her cry and praise a run out of HelloFresh ad. blast by the end of the season.

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$ 80,000 stolen from retail program + fatal shooting deemed justified

Happy Monday, people of Salt Lake City! Here’s everything you need to know that’s happening locally today.

Are you a local business owner or a merchant in Salt Lake City? Our premium local sponsorships keep you on top of inboxes in town every morning. Contact us here for the truth.

First of all, the weather forecast for the day:

Clear all day. High: 63 Low: 45.

Here are today’s best stories in Salt Lake City:

  1. A West Valley City the man was arrested for carrying out an organized retail crime scheme and was found with over $ 80,000 in stolen retail goods. The Utah Attorney General‘s Office‘s The Economic Crimes Unit, CASE (Crimes Against Statewide Economy) identified the suspect as 45 years old Oscar Martinez. Martinez allegedly had people with drug addiction steal the merchandise on his behalf, and then paid them a fraction of what he would earn by selling them back. (ABC 4)
  2. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill ruled on the fatal shooting of Rezek Yaqub Yahya by officers of the Salt Lake City Police Department as justified. The shooting took place on the morning of June 10 in Pioneer park To 300 W. 300 South. Police were called to the scene shortly after 8:30 a.m. after reporting that a man, later identified as Yahya, 39, stabbed a woman in the park. (KUTV 2News)
  3. Around 100 protesters waving American flags and holding placards denouncing masks and vaccination warrants gathered along the sidewalk of 700 East in Liberty Park Saturday. (Salt Lake City Tribune)
  4. After issuing a money alert on Friday for a local woman with dementia, Salt lake city police have since found her and canceled the alert. (
  5. The opening of a new community of luxury apartments, Town Attics, was announced; the remainder of the development plan includes an increase in residential, office and retail space for the Large salt lake Region. (ABC 4)

Today in Salt Lake City:

  • Hatch Center Webinar: Protecting American Institutions, A Civic Education Discussion – Salt Lake Chamber (10:30 a.m.)

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About me: Sean Peek is a writer and entrepreneur who graduated in English Literature from Weber State University. Over the years, he has worked as a copywriter, editor, SEO specialist and marketing manager for various digital media companies. He is currently the co-owner and operator of the content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.

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Salt Lake City protesters denounce vaccine and mask warrants

About 100 protesters gathered for the Rally for Freedom to oppose government mandates that aim to protect public health.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Protesters gathered along 700 East in Liberty Park to protest vaccines and masks, as well as other public health measures against the pandemic.

About 100 protesters waving US flags and holding placards denouncing mask and vaccine warrants gathered along the sidewalk of 700 East in Liberty Park on Saturday, making Salt Lake City one of dozens of cities in the world to protest against restrictions related to public health.

The international group World Wide Demonstration on Saturday promoted such events – called Rally for Freedom – everywhere from Denmark to South Africa to Taiwan. The group has held other rallies throughout the pandemic to protest public health mandates as well.

One of the main topics among the protesters was President Joe Biden’s executive order asking companies to require vaccines if the company employs 100 or more people, a move that could affect around 100 million Americans. Federal employees will also be required to show proof of vaccination.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Protesters waving US flags and holding placards denouncing the mask and vaccine warrants gathered along the sidewalk of 700 East in Liberty Park on Saturday, making Salt Lake City one of the dozens of cities around the world protest against public health restrictions, September 18, 2021.

Protester Andrea Woolley, of Sandy, said she “could face a job loss very soon” because of the executive order because she does not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“I’m glad Utah is… standing up against the warrant,” Woolley said, referring to Attorney General Sean Reyes’ opposition to the warrants. Reyes and 23 other state attorneys general signed a letter calling the warrant unconstitutional.

Woolley and the other protesters likened many public health measures put in place during the pandemic to tyranny.

“A government shouldn’t be able to impose anything on humans,” Harris said.

Harris, of Logan, said he thought he and millions of other Americans who contracted COVID-19 and recovered are now protected by natural immunity, much like someone who contracted chickenpox would be. immune to this virus after recovering.

A study from Emory University found that patients who had previously contracted the flu kept “Broad and lasting immunity” months after infection. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that people previously infected without a vaccine were twice as likely to contract COVID-19 again compared to previously infected people who received the vaccine.

Not all protesters aligned with the severity of the pandemic. Harris, who said his symptoms of COVID-19 resembled those of the flu, said the pandemic is a “huge” problem. Woolley said she does not “recognize” the pandemic and has lived life unchanged for the past year and a half.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Protesters waving US flags and holding placards denouncing the mask and vaccine warrants gathered along the sidewalk of 700 East in Liberty Park on Saturday, making Salt Lake City one of the dozens of cities around the world protest against public health restrictions, September 18, 2021.

“I’m dedicated to my own business, to my own life,” said Woolley.

In Utah, 2,776 people died from COVID-19 on Friday and more than 21,000 people were hospitalized for COVID-19. More … than 665,000 people died of the virus nationwide, according to the CDC.

Ray Adams, of Tooele, called the pandemic “tampering” and that he has resisted public health measures against COVID-19 “every hour”.

Adams has said he is not a conspiracy theorist because there are too many facts that he believes prove there is a global organization benefiting from the pandemic.

“I believe the vaccine is how they’re going to purge Americans,” Adams said.

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Not everyone is happy Salt Lake City has suspended work on the trails

Public outcry over the new trails crossing the Salt Lake City foothills caused the mayor to put future work on hold, stoking the frustrations of residents who loved the trails and wanted to see more.

Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced on Tuesday that an order she issued in May to stop work on the trail system would last until at least June 2022.

The mayor, city council and city staff have filed numerous complaints about the trails, which deviate from the master plan in some places, are prone to erosion in others and have resulted in the closure of legacy trails on the trails. ridge lines. Other stakeholders called on the city to give more consideration to any impact on the environment and Indigenous history of the foothills.

But strong contingents support the new trail plan and many are disappointed to see the new construction halted.

“It was a well thought out plan,” said Michael Yount, a resident of the city, a former staff member of the Salt Lake Tribune. “Nothing is ever perfect, but they did a great job of separating the traffic with the new trails. “

Opponents of the new trails complained that they were cut to such low levels that they appear to have been built with cyclists in mind, not hikers.

Yount disagrees. He argued that new and future trails built for downhill cycling only help reduce conflict between users.

“They created a much nicer trail for hiking and biking,” he said.

Yount added that he had not blamed the mayor for suspending future track work, given all the outcry.

But “I have the impression that it is a vocal minority” which complains, he says. “… Daily users do not put up road signs. “

Nancy Schmaus, head coach of the Salt Lake City Composite Mountain Bike Multi-School Team, said she was excited about the plan for new trails as the foothills became increasingly crowded.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) A mountain biker shares the MeadowTrail with a pair of hikers in the Salt Lake City foothills on Friday, September 17, 2021.

“Space is really limited to allow us to ride Salt Lake,” she said. “My kids are bored walking the same trails.”

She added that interest in mountain biking is increasing, particularly amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cycling has allowed children and adults to recreate themselves outdoors at safe distances. This year, she had to turn 20 children away from the team because she lacked the capacity to keep up with the influx of interest.

“The demand is increasing,” Schmaus said. “Now we are remitting [trail work] for a whole other year? “

The coach added that the city was “late” with building trails compared to nearby mountain bike magnets like Park City and Corner Canyon.

She also pointed out that the city had started planning its new 106 mile foothills trail map several years ago – a process that included public education and gathering of feedback.

“Then they start cutting the trails and all of a sudden there’s a huge uproar,” Schmaus said. “I find it disappointing that they don’t continue to build the trails. I just don’t understand how they’re going to change what they’ve already spent four years doing. How well are they going to get away with it? “

The elected officials react

City council member Chris Wharton, who represents the avenues area where most of the new trails have been cut, said the comments he received were mixed.

“Many residents are relieved that there is a review of what has been done,” Wharton said Thursday, “and more careful planning going forward.”

The city councilor added that there are also frustrations among residents who have waited a long time for new trails and recreational opportunities.

“Ultimately, however, I think most people agree that waiting another 10 months is a small price to pay,” said Wharton, “if that means we have 100 years of more sustainable trails for all of our work. users. “

In an interview on Friday, Mendenhall acknowledged that the city had already completed a massive public education effort on trail plans starting in 2017.

(Leia Larsen | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall discusses the way forward for the foothills trails at a press conference on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

“We know that work has taken place,” said the mayor. “… In my years on City Council and now in this role, there have been many public processes that have been solid and lengthy. Yet when [we] concluded and decisions were made and projects funded, we heard from people who felt that no process had taken place.

Mendenhall said in the last feedback process, the city received around 30 letters which were mostly positive. The mayor added that the few residents who shared their disappointment with the work break were generally concerned that a single user group would gain the city’s attention when trail construction resumes.

“I tried to reassure these people that this is the very reason why we need more time to engage,” she said, “so that we can fully integrate the voices we need. and that we want. “

The mayor said she was particularly excited to work with the tribal chiefs.

“Frankly, the lack of a relationship between our governments,” Mendenhall said, “is so important that [we haven’t had] the best information on areas that are sacred or should be protected.

This relationship, she said, “is something that we are building now.”

Those interested in providing feedback and taking a trail survey during the Mayor’s Moratorium can visit

A new trail defense group?

Kenton Peters, longtime Salt Lake City resident and trail user, said he was in the early stages of forming a pro-trails and pro-mountain biking group to ensure balanced hearing at the to come up.

“We respect what other groups are saying,” said Peters, “but we want to make sure the mountain bikers aren’t harmed during the break.”

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) A bicycle-only sign along the 19th Avenue Trailhead in the Salt Lake City foothills on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Still, Peters said he agreed with some of the concerns raised by organizations such as Save Our Foothills and Save Our Canyons, which have called for a reassessment of the trail plan.

“There are issues with the current trail layouts and approach,” said Peters. “We don’t like to see the underdeveloped and marked foothills … [hiking trails] on Morris Meadows, they’re of a terribly shallow quality.

He added that he was “disappointed” that the old trails along the ridge had been removed from the system and that parking at the trailheads was an issue for the Avenues neighborhoods.

“But our group is different,” said Peters, “in that we try to speak on behalf of the hundreds of young riders and adults. [cyclists] which is, really, the growth area in the use of buttresses and the future of it.

Most of the new trails were intended for mountain bikes, and Peters said he feared the break might mean they might never be built.

“We hope to work with the other groups and the city to come up with win-win solutions for everyone involved,” he said. “… What we heard [so far] seems to put the bikes in part of the problem. We want to be seen as part of the solution.

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Pioneer Park Filming Update + Rose Park Redevelopment Meeting

Welcome back, Salt Lake City! Let’s start well this Saturday. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s going on in the city today.

Are you a local business owner or a merchant in Salt Lake City? Our premium local sponsorships keep you on top of inboxes in town every morning. Contact us here for the truth.

First of all, the weather forecast for the day:

Possible light rain in the afternoon. High: 78 Low: 62.

Here are today’s best stories in Salt Lake City:

  1. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill updated the findings of an investigation into a shooting involving a police officer in Pioneer park who killed one in June. Body camera footage captured the suspect running towards two officers, who can be heard telling the man to put down a knife. The two officers opened fire and shot the suspect. (
  2. Utah state lawmakers and researchers held a redistribution committee meeting at Rose park, where citizens were able to submit their own proposals for cutting plans. 19 of the 20 members of the legislative committee were present to hear the proposals and comments from the public. (Salt Lake City Tribune)
  3. The judge denies 11 Granite School Board demonstrators’ offers to drop charges after disrupting a public meeting, a Class B misdemeanor, in South Salt Lake Court of Justice. (
  4. The Murray Fire Department responded to a gas leak that occurred near 4400 S. 500 West. Energy of Domination crews were at the scene of the gas leak at Murray. (Gephardt Daily)
  5. Antique store House in Sucre is recovering from a heist, in which several unique collectibles were stolen. (

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Intermountain to merge with Colorado hospital system

A previously planned merger with a different system has failed.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Intermountain Medical Center in Murray on Friday August 13, 2021.

Utah’s largest hospital system, Intermountain Healthcare, plans to merge with Colorado-affiliated, Catholic Church-affiliated SCL Health, executives of both companies said Thursday.

The two systems have “complementary” assets and will operate healthcare facilities from Nevada to Kansas, Intermountain CEO Dr. Marc Harrison said at a press conference. Harrison will be chairman of the combined company, which will be headquartered in Salt Lake City. A regional office will be located at SCL’s head office in Broomfield, Colorado.

Intermountain, with 25 hospitals and 225 clinics, is the larger of the two systems, and SCL will take its name – although its eight hospitals and 160 clinics will retain their own names and Catholic ties, said Lydia Jumonville, CEO of SCL. . Intermountain was established as a lay entity in 1975 when it took over healthcare facilities owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Intermountain just embraced us by continuing to maintain our catholicity,” Jumonville said. “We will follow all Catholic guidelines and [Ethical and Religious Directives], and all the values ​​of Catholic hospitals will be there.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ ethical and religious guidelines prevent Catholic hospitals from providing contraceptives, performing surgeries to prevent or terminate pregnancy, or performing in vitro fertilization. While Jumonville stressed that SCL hospitals would continue to follow Catholic guidelines, neither she nor Harrison indicated that those guidelines would be adopted at Intermountain’s facilities.

Meanwhile, there is no plan yet as to what role SelectHealth – Intermountain’s health insurance – will play in the merger, Harrison said. The moderator of Thursday’s digital press conference did not relay a question from The Tribune as to whether or how SCL’s religious health care guidelines might impact coverage of family planning services, whether SelectHealth plans were offered through SCL entities.

The combined system will operate 33 hospitals and 385 clinics, with more than 58,000 employees. Intermountain’s facilities are located in Utah, Idaho and Nevada, while SCL’s facilities are located in Colorado, Montana and Kansas.

“We believe that the contiguous nature provides a real opportunity for the region,” said Harrison.

Patients and employees are unlikely to notice significant changes at individual facilities, Jumonville said, although she noted that SCL’s telehealth and digital options could benefit from the merger. The two systems aim to make health care affordable and accessible, including in rural areas, the two leaders said.

“Individually and collectively, we have both avoided some of the rural health care deserts” that have formed in other parts of the country, Harrison said.

About a year ago, Intermountain announced plans to merge with Sanford Health, which operates hospitals in the Dakotas. But Sanford put those plans on hold in December, shortly after its CEO resigned following criticism of remarks he made that downplayed the transmissibility of COVID-19.

This attempted merger with Sanford, however, signaled Intermountain’s desire to expand further outside Utah, Jumonville said, and sparked subsequent talks with SCL.

Harrison estimated that hospital systems would generate around $ 14 billion in annual revenue after the merger.

The two systems come to the agreement from positions of financial and operational strength, he said. Without the geographic overlap of their services and other factors, this could be seen as a “merger model,” he added.

It’s not about cutting costs or staff, Jumonville said, and only a “handful” of jobs may require relocation, Harrison added.

They plan to sign a definitive deal by the end of 2021 and complete the deal in early 2022, with a two-year integration process to follow, Harrison and Jumonville said.

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Missing Woman’s Hotel confirmed + FanX returns to Salt Palace

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  1. The hotel where the 22-year-old woman disappeared Gabby Petito, was last seen in public has been confirmed as a Fairfield Inn and Suites near Salt Lake City International Airport. Petito was last seen on August 24 with her boyfriend, Brian Laundry, who has been named as a person of interest but not a suspect in connection with Petito’s disappearance. (
  2. Thousands of fans, many in cosplay, filled the Salt Palace Convention Center Thursday, for the return of Salt Lake Comic Book FanX Convention after a one-year absence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. FanX will run through Saturday at the Salt Palace. (Salt Lake City Tribune)
  3. Officials say 32 utah reservoirs now less than 55% of available capacity. (Gephardt Daily)
  4. Salt Lake City Council extends the mayor’s term of school mask from kindergarten to grade 12 by 30 days. (
  5. 1 killed, 2 seriously injured Salt lake breaks down on Wednesday night. You’re here autonomous driving function in question. (

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Gun fired at children’s football tournament in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY – Spectators and soccer players share their tales of a frightening situation involving a gun at a soccer tournament in Salt Lake City. It took place on Saturday at the Rose Park Regional Sports Complex.

Parents said after someone shouted that there was an active shooter, everyone in the park started running for cover.

Erin Shephard was present at the game and said: “One of the defenders shouted, ‘Active Shooter! To run!’ and everyone, nobody saw a gunman or heard a gunman, but everyone started going crazy and screaming for their kids.

Chaos ensues after guns release at football tournament in Salt Lake City

She said there were at least 8 football games at the same time.

Shephard said as everyone fled they eventually all ended up in front of a chain link fence that borders the area. People started to jump the fences and run in the backyards.

“There were houses on the south side that people started knocking on doors asking people to let in. There were about 4 houses that people had just opened their doors and let all these teenagers in. randomly.”

She said it was a scary moment for everyone involved.

“This team of girls of about 13 was sobbing and terrified, people were trying to find their children, or hadn’t brought their phones… there were hundreds of people running and the older people who couldn’t. running hid behind the cars. “

Shepard said rumors had started to circulate that it was anything from parent fights to gang violence, to someone with an automatic rifle or someone doing a prank call.

Organizers: A person in police custody

KSL received a copy of an email from US Youth Soccer, the organization in charge of the tournament, confirming that a gun was fired, but no shots were fired.

Chris Webb, director of competition and event operations, said two adult spectators from the same 13-year-old girls team were involved.

“One of the people pulled out a gun (no shots were fired), forcing staff and referees to immediately expel all teams / families / spectators from the area. Police currently have the individual who took the gun out in custody, ”he said.

Webb added that the suspect who allegedly fired the gun had been taken into custody and the other person involved was banned from attending other events over the weekend.

“Games resumed once police approved it was safe to return to the pitches, but Jonathan Berzins (league manager) informed the teams that if anyone did not feel safe to return to the pitch the pitches, he had to be contacted to reschedule their matches. “

KSL has contacted both US Youth Soccer and the Salt Lake Police Department for comment. US Soccer said it couldn’t comment on an active investigation and the SLCPD has yet to respond to our calls.

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IN DEVELOPMENT: Domestic violence suspect surrenders to police after standoff

UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, 08/25/21, 10:55 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The Salt Lake City Police Department said the suspect peacefully surrendered to officers after the several-hour standoff and is now in custody.

No injuries were reported during the clash. The suspect, who authorities say is around 50 years old, has yet to be identified.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Police are currently working to contact a domestic violence suspect who is being held at a house in Salt Lake City on Wednesday evening.

According to the Salt Lake City Police Department, officers responded to a home near 300 N. 600 W. for a reported domestic violence situation.

A woman told law enforcement that a man inside the house with her was making threats and was armed with a gun.

The woman was able to leave her home unharmed. However, the suspect is still inside the house and refuses orders from law enforcement to leave the house.

A SWAT team and social workers are on hand to communicate with the suspect.

The public is advised to avoid the area as officers continue to respond to the situation.

Police said there was no threat to the public at the moment.

No other information was released.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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New Wave | Salt Lake City, UT 84101

S&S Presents NEW WAVE On behalf of S&S Presents, we will now require the use of masks for all clients, regardless of immunization status, at our indoor events. At the moment, this show is included in our new mask policy. We will monitor new information as it becomes available from CDC and make an announcement if / when this policy changes. Please email [email protected] with any questions or concerns. Thank you!

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  • Dates: September 21, 2021

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‘It’s criminal’: Real Salt Lake’s bad luck with VAR leads to loss to Colorado

Colorado Rapids midfielder Cole Bassett (26) and Real Salt Lake midfielder Nick Besler (13) tie up in the first half of an MLS football game on Saturday, August 21 2021 in Commerce City, Colorado (AP Photo / Jack Dempsey) (Jack Dempsey, Associated Press)

SALT LAKE CITY – Real Salt Lake manager Freddy Juarez will likely write Major League Soccer a check. For him, it will be worth it.

“It’s criminal that they take something away from our guys like that,” Juarez said of the refereeing immediately after a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Commerce City.

Sure, the Rocky Mountain Cup is a heated rivalry – exemplified by the many scrambling and shouting matches towards the end of the game – but RSL’s real nemesis on Saturday came down to a three-letter combination: VAR.

Replay took an apparent RSL goal off the board in the first half and changed the decision to take a penalty in the second. RSL therefore left Colorado feeling like they had lost three points, especially since Juarez and the team certainly disagreed with any of those decisions.

In the 34th minute, Albert Rusnak sent a free kick into the box where Justen Glad threw a volley towards the Colorado goalkeeper. The initial shot was knocked back, but Rubio Rubin flew off and scored what looked like the game’s first goal.

But after a few moments, the referee mimed the dreaded box and walked over to the monitor; he determined that Glad was in an offside position. It couldn’t be much – a toe? a hair out of place? a slight incline? – but that was enough for him to deny the goal, much to the chagrin of the RSL team.

“It wasn’t clear and obvious,” Juarez said. “One of the most experienced linemen in the league hasn’t raised that flag. I’ve seen it a couple of times. I mean, come on, it’s not clear and obvious.”

The “clear and obvious” criterion is what RSL struggled to follow the game with. For Real Salt Lake, the replay did not show this to be an obvious mistake by the officials squad. It was close – really close – and Juarez and his team felt that such a close call shouldn’t have been changed.

“I have no idea,” Rubin said. “I’m still so confused.… The reason the goals are denied is clear and obvious. And I don’t know what the fine is for, for talking about the referees, but there have been some clear and obvious appeals against we who haven’t been called and are called for one today. It hurts us. “

However, VAR was not done playing with RSL’s emotions.

In the second half, after Colorado came back with two quick goals to take a 2-1 lead, RSL looked to have a golden chance at the equalizer.

Damir Kreilach was knocked down in the penalty area as he tried to retrieve a cross. It was a clear and unmistakable foul, but it was déjà vu for RSL when the referee signaled again for VAR.

He went to the monitor and saw Kreilach in an offside position before the foul was committed. This meant no penalty.

Adding to RSL’s frustration was the fact that Juarez and Cie felt they had played one of their best games of the season. RSL controlled possession much of the night and always generated strong scoring chances. Those finally came to fruition – for real this time – in the 51st minute when Rusnak passed Aaron Herrera into the top corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.

“Our guys were so brave,” Juarez said. “We insisted, we didn’t let them stall us for long periods of time, we were dynamic.”

Colorado equalized in the 64th minute when Diego Rubio took the lead from a corner and sent it past Andrew Putna, who replaced Zac MacMath after injuring his right knee in the first half.

Seven minutes later, Colorado’s Mark-Anthony Kaye ran unmarked into the box and headed for the score.

With the exception of those 10 minutes or so, RSL was the better team. This made the bad luck with VAR even more difficult to swallow.

“I thought they deserved more and they deserved more,” Juarez said. “I thought it was a fantastic display. We have to carry that energy to the next games.”

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Shopping for legislation? Why Utah’s part-time legislature can be vulnerable.

This story is part of the Salt Lake Tribune’s ongoing commitment to identifying solutions to Utah’s biggest challenges through the work of the Innovation Lab.

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At American Legislative Exchange CouncilAt last week’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City, all eyes were on the keynote speakers – high-level governors from across the country.

State and local policymakers across the country trawling vendor stands received far less attention.

At the ALEC, a conservative national organization that has been criticized for connecting local and state policymakers with business interests, you’ll find a few staffing tables of specialist government software vendors, but most people are there to sell ideas. Legislation. From human trafficking opponents to advocates of legalizing the sex trade, to major conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and local newcomers like Utah’s own Libertas Institute.

“My team loved the event, we thought it was great,” said Michael Melendez, executive vice president of the Libertas Institute, who explained that Libertas was not there to focus on issues “legacies” like abortion and education, but in new areas. “For us, it’s a question of what are the gaps in the policy market? “

The CAFTA is far from the only place offering access to the “policy market”. Numerous national conferences, of various political stripes, provide a marketplace for state and local decision-makers to effectively research ideas for legislation.

With its part-time and understaffed legislature, Utah may be more likely to buy policies, experts say. Other states, meanwhile, have found solutions that give legislators less reason to turn to outside interests.

What you will find

Vendors who buy space at the ALEC take a variety of approaches to their work. Some offer nothing more than a conversation with an expert. Others have 24-foot tables filled with leaflets, booklets, coasters, pens, stickers and mouse pads, as was the case with the “Save Our States” booth – a dedicated organization. to the protection of the Electoral College.

“Alright, how do you stop them?” A Florida state lawmaker asked as he approached. “That’s all I want to know, how to stop the Socialists? “

Much of the booty on the stand made bold, red lettered references to stopping socialists or socialism.

It took three laps around the vendor room and instructions from a helpful staff member to locate the counter position booth, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, tucked away in one corner.

Ray Haynes, former Republican state senator of California and former national chairman of the ACLA, occupied the national voting booth. He had two offerings.

“If you’re in a rush, here’s the leaflet, and if you’re not, there’s this,” he said, lifting up a book called “Every Equal Vote” that weighed 1,059 pages.

Haynes said there was a “strong conservative argument” for deciding the presidency via the national popular vote.

“I believe in the ACFTA,” said Haynes, who added that he was confident he was supporting the movement through a conversation at an ACFTA meeting.

The Libertas booth offered local Utah legislative victories to lawmakers in other states – arguing primarily for digital privacy and the first universal regulatory sandbox of its kind adopted by the Utah legislature this year.

Melendez, of Libertas, acknowledged that since the regulatory sandbox program will not be launched until the fall, “we don’t know yet.” He cited the effectiveness of other narrower regulatory sandboxes, but not the one that Libertas shared as a model at the ALEC.

Why Utah is particularly vulnerable

The Utah Legislature is less professionalized than most (lower pay for lawmakers, fewer staff, shorter legislative sessions) and therefore more likely to rely on outside sources for policy, a said Adam Brown, associate professor of political science at Brigham Young University.

“If you don’t have as much time to work on the invoices yourself, and if you don’t have as much help from the staff, then you are relying more on what external actors can do for you,” he said. Brown said. “It could be lobbyists that you have worked with in the past and that you trust; it could mean digging less deeply into the governor’s proposals; or it could mean relying on a group like the ACFTA.

Utah lawmakers are not staffed like members of the United States Congress. The only one-on-one support they receive comes from undergraduate interns who serve during the 45-day legislative session (and even interns are sometimes split among lawmakers). Non-ruling Utah lawmakers must either do the work themselves or look to an outside group to prepare the legislation before the session.

Brown says having personal staff doesn’t remove the need or temptation to consult outside interests. “But the lack of personal staff will certainly fuel an additional desire to seek information from others,” he said, “and that takes away a source of information that lawmakers could use to verify what groups outside them. say. “

Data-driven legislation?

Providing personal staff, even shared personal staff, to Utah lawmakers could be costly. This is not the only solution, however.

Two years ago, North Carolina established the Office of Strategic Partnerships (OSP), which aims to strengthen governance and data-driven policy-making in the state by connecting government leaders, academia and local philanthropy.

The OSP holds monthly online discussions, helps connect academia experts with state agency executives, and vice versa, and formalizes connections between these organizations. The aim of these activities is to make partnerships easier and more effective, with the aim of developing evidence-based policies.

“Lots, lots of states want to do something like this,” said Jenni Owen, director of OSP, “and you don’t have to do the full model to see the benefits.

She pointed out that just having a coordinating body to help make connections could leverage the talent that Utah already has in its state agencies, academic centers and research institutes.

“At the end of the day,” Owen said, “it’s about starting those conversations.”

She said openness and transparency in PSO’s conversations, dialogue and data are essential ingredients in creating objective and evidence-based policy.

At the ALEC, on the other hand, most working sessions take place behind closed doors.


Solutions in Practice – Policy Hacking

Outside organizations are not the only source of influence on state and local lawmakers. As a voter, you can help build an evidence-based DIY policy by working with your local legislator. Here is a step-by-step guide to “policy hacking”.

  1. Pick a question that’s important to you. Try to be as narrow, local and specific as possible. Be clear on “What is the problem that needs to be solved?” “

  2. Identify your local legislator (you can find your state representative and senator here).

  3. Find an expert (s) on your policy issue (for example, you can search for experts at the University of Utah by subject, here – be careful, loading the results may take some time).

  4. Do your research, prepare questions, then schedule a call with your expert (s). Find out what information, data and guidance they can provide.

  5. Contact your legislator (s) and schedule a time to discuss the matter. Prepare yourself with a one-page memo describing the problem and what the data and experts are telling us.

  6. Be persistent, become a data hunter, and don’t hesitate to contact The Tribune’s innovation lab with any questions.


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Mary Cosby, star of “Real Housewives of SLC”, accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor

She pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges.

(Well done) Mary Cosby, seen here in an episode of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City”, has pleaded not guilty to the Class B misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and for providing shelter to a runaway.

Another of Salt Lake City‘s “real housewives” landed in court. Mary Cosby has been accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and of harboring a runaway, both Class B offenses.

Cosby, 48, has pleaded not guilty. Details of the charges, which relate to an incident on April 8, are not available. But according to the charges, Cosby “knowingly and intentionally harbored a minor and knew at the time” that she was doing so “without the permission of the parent or guardian.” And that she “knew or should have known” that she “provoked or encouraged a minor to commit an act which would constitute an offense or a criminal offense … if it was committed by an adult”.

A representative for Cosby told E! New, “Mary is saddened to have been drawn into the domestic situation of another family, but she is convinced that this misunderstanding will soon be dispelled. “

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for August 12. According to court documents, the recommended fine for Cosby is $ 1,380.

Bravo, who airs “RHOSLC,” has not commented on the accusations – and has not confirmed that Cosby will return for season 2 of the show. Unofficially, however, she would be back.

The “Real Housewives” actor is the first lady of the Pentecostal Church of the Temple of Faith in Salt Lake City, where her husband, Robert C. Cosby, is the pastor. In Season 1 of “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” there was a lot of emphasis that Robert is not only much older than Mary, but that his first wife was Mary’s grandmother.

(Photo courtesy of Heidi Gutman / Bravo) Jen Shah at the “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” reunion.

Cosby is the second actor of “RHOSLC” to find himself in court since the beginning of the series. His main rival on the show, Jen Shah, faces federal charges of conspiracy to commit telemarketing fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Shah also pleaded not guilty. On Thursday, a federal judge dismissed requests from her lawyers to dismiss the charges against her. Shah is to be tried on October 18 in New York.

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Toxins in the atmosphere threaten fetal health in western Salt Lake City

Every source of pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals steals a little bit of our children’s future.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Marathon Refinery at 474 W 900 North in Salt Lake City.

Imagine a young couple, John and Jane Doe, living in the western part of Salt Lake City in 2024. They decide it’s time to have a baby.

Unbeknownst to them, the chromosomes of Jean’s sperm and Jane’s eggs suffered a little from the Pollution and pesticides they inhaled and ingested when they were younger. Their chances of conceiving are a bit lower, and if they are successful, the baby’s chromosomes will have some imperfections that will increase their chances of developing multiple chronic diseases decades later. Nevertheless, in April, a baby is conceived by the happy couple.

In May, Baby Doe enters the embryonic stage and her organs begin to develop. Over the next few months, extremely precise signaling will result in rapid cell division, and each new cell will be programmed to follow genetic directions to form new critical tissues and organs, including the most biologically complex organ in the known universe. – the human brain.

Thanks to the awe-inspiring new airport, I-80 traffic, the Rio Tinto mine, smelter and tailings piles, and emissions from the refinery row, the Joneses live where pollution is already the highest on the front line. Wasatch. Part of this pollution will handicap the performance of genes in the nucleus of embryonic cells. The delicate process of brain development will suffer, at least a little, and possibly a lot more, especially if it’s a male.

But the danger for Baby Doe has only just begun. In 2024, the inland port added tons of new pollution from thousands of diesel engines. Jane Doe will inhale some of it and more pollution nanoparticles will end up in the placenta, travel through the umbilical cord and enter the fetus, interfering with the construction of the brain and other organs.

In June, other dangers arrive. Salt Lake City Mosquito Control District is aerial spraying a potent, neurotoxic organophosphate pesticide, naled, over the area, a small amount of which will be inhaled by Jane Doe at the worst possible time for Baby Doe and will join the pollution particles to make his way to the baby.

Week after week, throughout summer and into early fall, Jane will inhale a little more neurotoxin with each spray, while Baby Doe adds 250,000 cells per minute to her tiny brain. If these cells don’t get to where they are supposed to and on time, overall brain function will be irreversibly impaired.

By July, smoke from forest fires restrict the blood supply in the placenta, reducing the flow of oxygen and essential nutrients. Summers in 2024 are getting hotter and hotter because of the climate crisis, and if the state’s call for the EPA to allow higher ozone levels is successful, Baby Doe will face more danger and could end up becoming one of the most 8,000 babies per year in the United States who were stillborn from ozone, some from a surge in ozone just the week before childbirth.

More ozone will be an additional risk from the mosquito control district aerial spraying, as the pesticide is heavily diluted with an oil-based carrier, leaving a trail of volatile organic compounds, a precursor to ozone.

Because the couple also live near the airport, where small piston-engine planes are still allowed to use leaded gasoline, Jane Doe will be exposed to a fine mist of lead and other heavy metals that will what lead always does, impair the development of the brain’s prefrontal cortex.

Fortunately, in December, Baby Doe enters the world as a “healthy” newborn baby, but perhaps without the best brains he could have had. On her first birthday, with her brain still in a fragile and critical developmental stage, Baby Doe’s cycle of exposure resumes: no more ozone, lead, forest fire smoke, and pesticides, but now with a new threat; mosquito pesticides in its main food source – mother’s breast milk.

This medley of toxins will wreak havoc. For the lucky ones, like Baby Doe, the toll may be minimal – a brain not as extraordinary as it could have been. In others, it will be much bigger – a failed conception, miscarriage, stillbirth or lifelong disability due to autism.

Every source of pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals steals a little bit of our children’s future.

Every branch of public policy that turns a blind eye, allowing this to continue, is a moral failure for all of us.

Dr Brian Moench | President, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment

Brian Moench, MD, is president of the Utah Physicians for Healthy Environment (UPHE).

Sara johnson, MD, is a pediatrician and a member of the UPHE Board of Directors.

Marina Capella, MD and Louis Borgenicht, MD, are pediatricians.

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The University of Utah: Center for Student Equity and Belonging

Pamela Bishop: Hello everyone, my name is Pamela Bishop (her) and I am the Director of Marketing and Communications for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

Today I’m here to talk about some of the changes happening in equity, diversity and inclusion, and I have two special guests with me. We have Tricia Sugiyama (her / her), who is the director of the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs, and we also have Dan Cairo (he / him / her) who is the special assistant to the vice-president for equity, the Diversity and Inclusion responsible for strategy and operations.

And they’re going to talk a little bit about what’s going on in EDI.

Tricia, I understand that there are a lot of changes happening in CESA. Can you tell me a bit what’s going on?

Tricia Sugiyama: Oh Pamela, thank you. I’m so glad you asked. So, in addition to the growth of our team, we are excited to present a new program that will provide support to students and critical areas such as mental health and student leadership, but on top of that we are very happy to ” announce a new look and a new name for our center which will be the Center for Equity and Student Belonging.

Pamela Bishop: Wow, that’s awesome! Thus, the CESA is transformed into a Center for equity and student belonging. Looks like the acronym is CESB. Was it on purpose?

Tricia Sugiyama: It was! It was because we really wanted to honor who we were and look to the future of what we become.

Pamela Bishop: Awesome. So, what motivated this change from CESA to CESB, as we’ll call it?

Tricia Sugiyama: As the University of Utah continues to grow and change, so does our office. Thus, this fall, CESA will experience a jump. Moving from the 1960s Center for Minorities to the 1970s era of the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs, we now look to the future as we align with the new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion division and focus on service to the increasingly diverse student body at U by becoming the Center for Student Equity and Belonging.

Pamela Bishop: So, Dan, tell us. What do you think this means for the students?

Daniel K. Cairo: Thank you. I’m glad you asked that question because all of the work we do is really for the students, isn’t it?

People who knew about CESA, you were lucky if you found out who the center was and then connected with them, but a lot of our students who keep coming to U, don’t know that this space exist.

So what this means for the students… it means that before the first day of school, our goal is to make sure they know who we are. They know how CESB is a place where they can build a community, where they can get support, where they can really develop both their academic skills and their social skills and they can create a belonging here on campus.

But it’s not just that, right? It’s not just about coming in and staying connected with CESB. It’s about how our center, our communities and our partnerships truly support them on their journey through the institution. If you have first generation students, new to the state, or whatever they are, they have a support network at CESB – and not just there, but a support network that allows them to move around the world. campus.

If engineering sounds scary, hey, you don’t have to! We are actually here to support you and be there with you and also nurture your own development. If art scares you, hey, we have some great friends at the College of Fine Arts that you can connect with.

This therefore means that it is a support network that allows students to flourish and achieve academic excellence on campus.

Pamela Bishop: It’s awesome. I’m really excited to hear about all of the changes that are happening. It really seems like we’re evolving, like you said Tricia, trying to grow up and be this type of new century CESA and CESB, and I’m just excited to hear it all! So how can people find out more about the new CESB?

Tricia Sugiyama: We would love it.

So this fall, we’ll invite you all to join us for an open house and to celebrate our new name and new look. In addition, we will unveil a new web page that we can find on, and as always we invite you to stop by our space. Come meet our new staff, discover our new design, and then come see us too! We’re in the Union building on the main level across from ASUU, so stop by because we really want to see you in our space.

Pamela Bishop: Well, thank you very much, Tricia and Dan. It has been really great, and I know the students will be excited to see what happens at the new Center for Equity and Student Belonging. Thank you.

This press release was produced by University of Utah. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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Utah Jazz forward Elijah Hughes uses summer league to show he’s getting better every day

The second-year forward says he sees the coming season as another rookie campaign and is delighted to show off his defensive sense.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz goalie Elijah Hughes (33) is put under net pressure by San Antonio Spurs goalie Anthony Mathis (34) as Utah Jazz White take on the San Antonio Spurs during the Salt Lake City League Summer on August 3, 2021 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

It’s safe to say that after hearing his name called on draft night, the rest of Elijah Hughes’ rookie season in the NBA didn’t quite go the way he had hoped.

As a second-round pick on a Utah Jazz team with championship aspirations, regular season minutes were always going to be hard to come by. They became even rarer when the coronavirus pandemic reduced the G League season to a few handfuls of games, and when, on top of that, Hughes sprained his ankle in one of them.

In total, the high-scoring Syracuse product has appeared in just five games with the Salt Lake City Stars and has played a total of 64 minutes in 18 appearances for parent club Jazz. Which is why, in some ways, he’ll treat his upcoming sophomore campaign like almost some kind of rookie.

“Absolutely. I’m really looking forward to it,” Hughes said ahead of the Salt Lake City Summer League at Vivint Arena.

Jazz fans and coaches are also looking forward to it.

The unwavering prowess he has displayed with the Orangemen has convinced many that he has a legitimate role to play on an NBA roster.

So, naturally, he intends to show his progress at the other end of the court in the weeks to come.

“I’m trying to focus on defense, number one, and let my offense come to me,” Hughes said. “… I look forward to showing my versatility in the Summer League, keeping one to four, sometimes even five to a small ball. I’m ready to show what I can do in defense. I’m a guy from Syracuse, so I know there’s a stigma on guys coming out who aren’t good defenders, so I just want to erase that stigma.

Jazz assistant coach Bryan Bailey, who leads the Utah-White entry into the SLC Summer League, agreed defensive consistency is key to Hughes’ future in the NBA.

“For him, the challenge is just to defend at a high level,” Bailey said. “If he can do it, that would be good for us. “

The 6-foot-5 winger performed well on this side in Tuesday night’s game against San Antonio, albeit against a Spurs roster largely devoid of players with NBA-level experience. Ironically, Hughes couldn’t find much rhythm to score the ball in play, sending his first 3-point attempt off the rim and backboard and then later having a engulfed rim drive. After a scoreless first half, he totaled seven points.

Anyway, when asked if he thought he was a better player than a year ago, he said, “Yes, 100%. “

He cited his improved footwork, communication, understanding of how he fits into patterns, and conditioning as the areas where he has improved the most.

He will have many more opportunities in the next few days to show them off. In the meantime, he’s just happy to have a few chances to play. What kept him sane last year, he explained, were the 3-on-3 games played by members of the organization who were not part of the regular rotation.

Being in live matches against opponents he doesn’t see every day is a bit special at this point.

“I love basketball. I have been playing this game since I was 4 or 5 years old. That’s what I prefer to do, ”he said. “… I love what I do. So just so I can play in the Summer League for the next few weeks, I really tried to focus on taking everything in its time. I can’t look too far. I want to. just make sure I’m better today. “What did I do today to get better?” It’s a bit summer [my] mentality.”

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Fenice Mediterranean Bistro and The Capital Grill steakhouse will open on Regent Street in Salt Lake City.

The former Utah Power & Light building will house an upscale steakhouse.

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) New restaurants are planned for Regent Street in Salt Lake City, located behind the Eccles Theater.

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New restaurants will soon open on Regent Street in Salt Lake City, the redeveloped block behind the Eccles Theater.

Fenice Mediterranean Bistro plans to open in a few weeks at 126 S. Regent, where Fireside on Regent was once located. As its name suggests, it will offer Italian and Mediterranean dishes as well as wood-fired pizzas.

This is the second restaurant for Jeff and Lisa Ward, who also own Park City’s popular Silver Star Cafe.

The grill of the capital, according to the company site, will launch in winter 2022 in the former Utah Power & Light building at the corner of 100 South and Regent streets. It will be Utah’s first restaurant for the national steakhouse chain, which has more than five dozen locations in the United States and Mexico City.

The building is owned by Taubman Properties, which operates the City Creek Center and the mall’s other two national restaurant chains – The Cheesecake Factory and Brio Tuscan Grille.

Fenice and The Capital Grill received full-service liquor licenses from the state last week, which will allow diners to have wine, beer or spirits with their food.

Regent Street, which is located between Main and State streets and 100 and 200 South, was once home to the Utah dailies and, before that, the Salt Lake City red light district.

As part of the construction of the Eccles Center, the street also received a facelift and was designed to be a pedestrian-friendly way to connect the City Creek Center to the north and the Gallivan Center to the south.

While there has been a rotating list of restaurants across the street, the most popular current restaurant today is Pretty Bird, a laid-back Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant. Other current occupants include Honest Eatery and FreshFin Poke.

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The future of downtown Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is booming and consistently tops lists of the best places to live and work.

“We’re really not missing out on much,” said Karen Bow of Visit Salt Lake. “Salt Lake is one of the few destinations our size with a professional symphony, professional opera, professional ballet.”

Bow promotes Utah’s capital to the rest of the world, claiming Salt Lake is a modern mountainous center of the west.

With a massive new convention center hotel on the way and a vast array of residential and commercial construction projects, the city is changing and evolving.

But is it for the best?

FOX 13’s Kelly Chapman spent an afternoon in Salt Lake City asking residents and business owners what it would take to build a better city. The answers were varied.

Shamus Funk has said he would like more things for the kids to do, Lara Miller wants more parks and gathering places to connect with locals, and Jordan Hollman would like a stronger cultural scene.

“It’s easy to say, a lot harder to implement, but a more booming art scene and not just, like, fine art,” Hollman said.

Nick Norris, the planning director of Salt Lake City, says that in addition to affordable housing, the city needs a green loop, that is, parks along the downtown area where there are has a lot of density, but open spaces are hard to find.

And while city officials tackle big issues, some local small business owners feel they’ve been left out of the planning.

Ken Sanders Rare Books is a unique store that has taken up residence in Salt Lake, but they feel like they’ve been kicked out.

“You look out the front door of my bookstore and you can see six building cranes going up. Ten stories, 20 stories, 31 stories across the street… and then we’re next, ”said store owner Ken Sanders.

Sanders has exhibited his collection of books and artwork in the same building for the past 20 years and said a corporate investor was considering demolishing the building to replace it with a skyscraper, but he didn’t. leaving nowhere to go with dwindling location options and rents skyrocketing.

Matt Caputo, the owner of Caputo’s Deli, a well-known deli on the west side of Salt Lake, would like to see more attention and detail to the architecture and city laws that will allow restaurants and bars to shop. alcohol at wholesale prices to inaugurate more catering establishments.

Caputo brings up an additional point that he says requires not only the immediate attention of lawmakers, but every Utahn.

“One thing to make our city a better city is to really take clean air seriously,” he said.

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This is where Utah ranks in drug overdose deaths in 2020


More than 93,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2020, an increase of almost 30% from 2019 and the most on record in a single year, according to recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Drug addiction experts say the increase in overdose deaths is largely due to the increased presence of the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl in the United States. Other contributors include issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, such as increased isolation and job losses.

Utah is the state with the 17th lowest number of drug overdose deaths per capita in 2020. There were 19 fatal overdoses per 100,000, for a total of 622 drug overdose deaths.

Last year, most reported an increase in drug overdose deaths after seeing a decrease in deaths in 2019. In Utah, there were 18 fatal drug overdoses in the state per 100,000 population, for a total of 575, in 2019.

The average number of overdose deaths in Utah between 2015 and 2019 was 20 per 100,000 people per year, the 25th of all U.S. states, or an average of 630 overdose-related deaths per year.

To determine which states had the highest drug overdose death rates, 24/7 Wall St. looked at the CDC’s recently released preliminary estimates of drug overdose deaths. States are ranked by the number of drug-related deaths per 100,000 population. These are the states with the most drug overdose deaths per capita in 2020. These are the states with the most drug overdose deaths in 2020.

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Visiting Greek Orthodox Archbishop meets Interfaith Council

The ties between Eastern and Western Christianity were fully visible on Tuesday when the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in America visited Utah’s top Roman Catholic leader.

Together, they – and representatives of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable – emphasized the importance of dialogue and the need for interfaith unity.

The meeting was part of the visit to Salt Lake City by the Greek Orthodox Bishop Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis), the first trip to Utah by a Greek Orthodox archbishop since 2000, according to information from local Greek Orthodox leaders.

Tuesday evening’s reception was hosted by Bishop Oscar Solis, who leads more than 300,000 Roman Catholics in Utah, at the pastoral center of the Diocese of Salt Lake City.

The group subsequently toured downtown Salt Lake City. Madeleine Cathedral.

In his remarks to the Interfaith Roundtable, Elpidophoros underlined the meaning and impact of dialogue in interfaith relations.

The word “dialogue” in Greek generally refers to “an unusually diverse range of realities,” a definition which he says “resonates strongly” in an interfaith context.

“Dialogue becomes the key,” he said, “in which we are all called to dissolve our divisions, to heal hatred, to foster resilience, to fight against prejudices… [and] promote peace and reconciliation.

Elpidophoros said the Greek Orthodox Church recognizes differences but believes in cooperation and peace between religions. It really means listening to other points of view and accepting common values.

The real dialogue, Elpidophoros said, begins in families and communities.

“Make your faith, make your tradition richer,” he said. “Wealth comes from ecumenical values [of] listen to others [and] to receive all that is good.

Solis said Catholics follow Pope Francis’ advice in creating human relationships with people of all other faiths.

These relationships “define the course of our vision and our mission as a Catholic community,” he said. “We come from one God and we are all children of God. … and this is why we can easily see each other as brothers and sisters.

Muslim makes his own sacrifice

Elpidophoros especially thanked Zeynep Kariparduc, president of the Salt Lake City Interfaith Council and a Muslim woman, for attending the event when she could have celebrated Eid al-Adha, or the feast of sacrifice, with her family and friends.

As a native of Turkey, Elpidophoros said he understood the importance – indeed the sacrifice – of Kariparduc missing part of the Islamic holiday by several days.

He presented him with a silver medallion made in Istanbul that depicts Abraham or Ibrahim (a revered prophet in Christianity, Islam and Judaism) and his wife Sarah harboring three angels.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Archbishop Elpidophoros of America presents a medallion to Zeynep Kariparduc during a visit to the Cathedral of the Magdalen in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

He also presented Solis with a silver cross made in Istanbul.

Kariparduc said people of different faiths should get to know each other so that they can better practice their own faith.

Tuesday night’s meeting was important, she said, because as religious leaders come to an agreement, so will their followers.

“Without the other, we cannot create a diverse society,” she said. “Religious leaders play a crucial role in establishing[ing] peaceful societies.

“Keeping our identity alive”

In an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, Elpidophoros said it was important for him to visit every state and parish in the United States

In Salt Lake City, he said, there are two big parishes, “so we had to come.”

Although New York’s Greek Orthodox community is present across the country, Elpidophoros said these members have a lot in common with their brothers and sisters in Salt Lake City. Many of them have ancestors who came to the United States to pursue the American dream; they pray, go to school and participate in cultural events together.

“The church is for us always the place where we keep our identity alive”, he declared, “… [our] cultural, linguistic and religious identity.

At the same time, said Elpidophoros, each parish adapts to its state and community in different ways. That is why he wants to know first-hand the needs and expectations of each parish.

Other appointments await you

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and Bishop Oscar A. Solis meet at the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

This week’s historic visit to Elpidophoros comes as the Utahns mark the entry of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley 174 years ago.

It is “a bit unprecedented” for an archbishop to visit a place for almost a week, the archbishop said. Rev. Archimandrite George Nikas, the presiding priest of the Great Salt Lake Greek Orthodox Church. “So we are very excited and very honored to have this happen.”

Throughout his visit, Elipidophoros met with a number of senior government and religious leaders.

He is scheduled to meet with Governor Spencer Cox on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning with the ruling First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall. He is due to meet with Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, on Saturday.

The Archbishop will also spend time in the Greek Orthodox churches of the Wasatch Front, including Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Salt Lake City, Prophet Elias in Holladay, St. Anna in Sandy, and the Church of the Transfiguration in Ogden. .

Nikas said he and other Greek Orthodox leaders in Utah would brief Elpidophoros on the community’s philanthropic work, as well as the progress of building the church’s proposed $ 300 million Greek town around the cathedral. of the Holy Trinity.

Nikas said Elpidophoros, who moved to his new post in 2019, is from Istanbul and a longtime theology professor. He made headlines last year when he attended a Black Lives Matter protest in Brooklyn.

“It is our moral duty and our obligation to defend the sanctity of every human being. We have faced a pandemic of serious physical illness, but the spiritual illness in our country runs even deeper and must be healed with actions as well as words, ”he told Greek journalist at the time. “And so, I will continue to stand on the sidelines with all those who are committed to preserving peace, justice and equality for every goodwill citizen, regardless of race, religion, gender or ethnicity. . “

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This Fox Group-designed Salt Lake City home features a sleek underground basketball court

When you think of a laundry room, what do you imagine? A dark, oversized closet, maybe – with a waste sink, if you’re lucky? The husband and wife designer duo Cara and Tom Fox, founders of The Renard Group, will not tolerate such a boring space. You will never find a part that is not both functional and beautiful in all the houses they touched.

So, in a recent project for a family in Salt Lake City, Cara Fox designed a laundry room that was both stylish and practical. “The client isn’t afraid to be girly and who she is,” says Fox. To that end, the room features Schumacher floral wallpaper, pink and white striped tiled floors, and a bespoke giant pink table with a marble top. Christopher Scott Cabinetmaking. As for function: there’s an oversized farmhouse sink with a Carrara marble backsplash, as well as plenty of cabinetry.

Thanks to Fox’s impeccable attention to detail, it’s not just the sunny laundry room that has received special favor. In the kitchen, for example, Fox wanted to showcase the unique floor-to-ceiling slabs of Calacatta Gold marble that adorned the walls. Rather than covering them with cupboards, she moved most of the storage into a sleek butler’s pantry tucked away in a hallway behind the main cooking area. To boot, she created a large, bespoke room to hide the fridge and other kitchen appliances like the toaster and stand mixer. “I call it the home appliance center,” she said. “It’s super functional, but very cleverly hidden.”

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The family, who love to host events big and small, turned to Fox to revamp several entertainment spaces in the 8,000 square foot sprawl. This includes the formal dining room, which has custom built-in storage space on either side of the fireplace and houses the client’s substantial porcelain and silverware collection. Thoughtful touches make cabinets more than just a grouping of shelves and drawers. Fox chose a revolutionary design to make the rooms more consistent with the classic Dutch colonial exterior of the mansion, and also added details like sculpted flowers that match the golden handles. An ethereal mural by local artist Tyler Huntzinger brings more nature with images of native sycamores, oaks and junipers.

As sophisticated as the residence is, it is home to four children. Fox therefore made sure that its interior would also appeal to the little ones. Good to know: One of the girls’ bedrooms, straight out of an English garden with Schumacher floral-print wallpaper and white lattice details, features a bespoke alcove bed and wardrobes and creative shelves that have room for everything from toys to shoes. “The room looks like a cohesive space,” says Fox. “You don’t really realize, ‘Oh, that’s the closet right there, and there’s the shoe storage.'”

“The client is not afraid to be girly and to be who she is”

If there’s one space in the house that perfectly combines adults’ appreciation for high-end design with children’s high energy, it’s the underground basketball court. “We thought, ‘let’s make this ground beautiful,’” says Fox. The result: a herringbone white oak courtyard. Unique? Certainly. But more importantly: the kids approve.



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Lindsay Salazar

“We took our inspiration from the English office cabinets and made it a specific size for everyday dishes and cups,” Fox says of the cabinets on either side of the range. Vary: Workshop with a custom walnut hood designed by The Fox Group. Wall lights: Julie Neill Lighting. Walls: Calacatta Gold marble. Brass pendant lights: Ralph Lauren with a custom shade of Schumacher Fabric. Tap: Water stone. Sink: Shaws.

Music chamber

Music chamber

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“I think the stars of this room are the fitted wardrobes. They have a real barrel arch inside the shelves, ”says Fox. The piano is a heirloom from the client’s grandmother. Fireplace tiles: Delftiles. Integrated: Christopher Scott Cabinetmaking. Couch: Customer’s own, re-upholstered in Schumacher Fabric. Slipper chairs: Phew. Low table: Phew. Chandelier: Périgold. Lattice wall: Made from custom hand cut diamond shaped boxes.

Dining room

dining room

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The mural here, painted by Tyler Huntzinger, features Utah landscapes that guests love, from seas of trees to mountain scenes. The local artist also painted details in 24k gold on the floor and ceiling. Built-in and dining table: Customized by Christopher Scott Cabinetmaking. Chairs: Customer’s own, covered with Schumacher Fabric.

The living room

the living room

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the living room

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“We knew we wanted this room to have a ‘wow’ factor with the two story windows facing the pool,” says Fox. “But we softened the look with the curtains.” Curtains: Schumacher Fabric. Plants: Source by EBW design. Chandelier: Ralph Lauren. Fireplace: Made of bluish limestone. TV: Samsung, with a personalized gold frame. Couch: Customer’s own, covered with Schumacher Fabric. The couches: Customer’s own, covered with Sister parish Fabric.

Main bathroom


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The chic master bathroom features white paneling and bespoke vanities. Bathtub: Aqueduct. Vanities: Custom designed by The Fox Group. Mirrors: The Fox Shop.

Master bedroom


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For the master bedroom, “we wanted to bring that garden feel,” says Fox. “The flowers, the butterflies, the birds and all the open light.” Wallpaper: Schumacher. Curtains: Schumacher. Chairs: Customer’s own, re-upholstered in Schumacher Fabric. Bed: Custom made by The Fox Group. Sheets: Matouk. Wicker vase: Mainly baskets. Ground: White oak herringbone.



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Although guests live in Salt Lake City, they love the East Coast. For the office powder room, Fox used a preppy nautical print to evoke this region of the United States. Vanity: Aqueduct. Mirror: The Fox Shop. Wall lights: Visual comfort. Wallpaper: Schumacher.

Laundry room

Laundry detergent

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This area is decidedly girly. “The client is not afraid to be who she is,” says Fox. Wallpaper: Schumacher. Sink: Shaws. Board: Customized by Christopher Scott Cabinetmaking.

Girls bathroom


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The two girls share this bathroom, which they nicknamed “Jill and Jill”. Bathtub: Vintage Tub & Tub, with a custom color. Tile: Carrara marble. Paintings: Vintage.

Basketball court

basketball court

Lindsay Salazar

The sleek basketball court reinforces the home design game with a cool herringbone pattern. Ground: White oak.

Doll house

doll house

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The dollhouse is huge – five feet tall! – and an exact replica of the real house, having been built from the same materials.

Butler’s Pantry

butler's pantry

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The Butler’s Pantry features the same fabric that Jackie Kennedy used when she remodeled the White House. Curtain fabric: Schumacher. Tiles: Carrara and Bardiglio marble. Drawers: Personalized in 24 karat gold. Sink: Shaws.

Girl’s room


Lindsay Salazar

“We wanted this room to look like a secret garden,” says Fox. Bed and built-in wardrobes: Custom designed by The Fox Group. Wallpaper: Schumacher. Pouf: Made to measure by Lee Industries. Sheets: Matouk.

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Salt Lake City Council candidate claims to be the target of politically charged vandalism

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A candidate for Salt Lake City city council claims to be the victim of politically charged vandalism. Nigel Swaby is running to represent the residents of Salt Lake City’s Second District.

Swaby believes he is being targeted for comments he made at a city council meeting regarding police funding and developments in the neighborhood.

“Try to explain to a six-year-old why your house is painted overnight,” Swaby said.

Swaby told ABC4 he was under attack for having opinions different from others.

“I went to take my daughter to Lagoon for her birthday yesterday morning and when I stepped back, on the fence there were two spray painted slogans with my name on it,” Swaby said.

Graffiti claiming he is racist and “hates the poor” covered his fence Sunday morning.

“For someone to tell me something like that… has no basis in reality,” Swaby said.

The graffiti comes just a day after he claims to have found a tire on his lawn.

“They absolutely do not want me to be elected to city council. They think I’m a developer, I’m not… I’m a real estate agent, ”Swaby said.

Swaby is running for a seat on Salt Lake City Council. However, he said he was harassed because of what he said at city council meetings recently.

“One of the comments I made to the planning committee was that I wish it was a ‘for sale’ project instead of all these rentals that are hurting a lot of people in Salt Lake City.” , Swaby said.

He also says his take on police funding adds fuel to the fire.

“That was about a month ago when Salt Lake City was considering side hiring for its budget and I spoke up for that. I think Salt Lake City needs more cops, not fewer cops, ”Swaby said.

Swaby did not want to name the group he says is behind the vandalism.

“They are definitely part of the free speech ecosystem. But when you go from an organized protest to graffiti on the house of someone you don’t agree with, I think you’ve crossed the line, ”Swaby said.

Although he fears being targeted again, he has said he will not back down.

“It’s not going to work. I’m not going to stop running for District Two because of the paint on my fence,” Swaby said.

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Salt Lake couple cross Summit County for fundraiser from Canada to Mexico

Dean and Lorri Zenoni from Salt Lake City pose for a photo together at the Canada-U.S. Border as they begin their journey to the Mexican border as a fundraiser for the Semper Fi & America’s Fund.
Photo of Dean and Lorri Zenoni

On Thursday morning near Kremmling, a Salt Lake City cycling couple discovered the majesty of the Rocky Mountains during a 2,495-mile bike fundraiser between the Canada-US border and the southern border with Mexico.

Before retiring, U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Dean Zenoni and his wife, Lorri, started their bike ride from Kremmling to Ute Pass and up to Summit County this week, they admired the awe-inspiring orange sunrise over the low clouds and the magnificent Gore mountain range.

In the foreground were the stars and stripes of the American flag. And Dean – a veteran of four tours of Iraq as well as deployments to Somalia, Haiti, Cuba, Liberia and many other places – was sure to salute Old Glory.

For the Zenonis, this was one of the most memorable moments in 36 days after starting their June 11-August 11 hike along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route to raise money for the Semper Fi & America’s Fund, which recently merged with the Vail Veterans Program. The fund is a veteran nonprofit charity that has provided $ 246 million in aid to more than 26,000 military personnel.

And Dean is one of them.

“On that ride you see all the farms, all the farms on the county roads with pride, everyone wearing the American flag,” Dean said. “This morning with sunrise, we passed a ranch flying both the Marine Corps and the United States flags. Seeing this dedication on the part of fellow Americans touches me.

It hits Dean because during his 24th year in the Marines he suffered a career-ending cervical spine injury after being slammed into a military vehicle in Iraq.

The injury left Dean with a ruptured disc which required surgery and caused a lot of pain as it damaged a few nerves that went to Dean’s upper chest and triceps.

With the injuries, Dean looked for a way to manage his pain and stay in touch with his service brethren. Through his connection with a battalion of wounded warriors, Dean found the fund.

Unable to lift weights as he loved before an injury, Dean was introduced by the fund to cycling as a form of healing and therapy. It’s something the 51-year-old knew he would challenge but not make his injuries worse. The Semper Fi & America’s Fund also helped Dean become a certified USA Cycling trainer, and he also used the GI Bill to go to bicycle mechanic school.

“The fund was essential for my transition,” Dean said. “I was ready to do 30 years of service. I wasn’t ready to be a civilian all of a sudden.

Dean and Lorri Zenoni of Salt Lake City pose for a photo together next to an American flag on their bike ride from the Canadian border to the Mexican border as a fundraiser for the Semper Fi & America’s Fund.
Photo of Dean and Lorri Zenoni

Over a decade after entering the fund, Dean wanted to find a way to give back to the organization that was so instrumental in his recovery while also improving his own health – hence his fundraising odyssey.

The Zenoni cycle north to south on Trek 1120 hard-tail mountain bikes with 3-inch tires. The back roads and trails of the Rocky Mountains are a far cry from the isolation at home Dean experienced last fall, which he believes motivated him to take the trip.

“I was getting bogged down and depressed a little bit last fall, and with all the COVID stuff, we had to get out of the house,” he said. “So I looked for something we could do this summer that wouldn’t be affected by any of the COVID stuff. At the beginning of December, we started to buy the bikes.

Dean and Lorri Zenoni from Salt Lake City pose for a photo together at the Continental Divide during their bike ride from the Canadian border to the Mexican border as a fundraiser for the Semper Fi & America’s Fund.
Photo of Dean and Lorri Zenoni

Lorri said she enjoys seeing the sparsely populated back roads of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and now Colorado. Another favorite memory was the ridge over Gore Pass and the fall into Radium north of Summit County for their first glimpse of Gore Canyon and the mighty Colorado River.

At 60 miles a day, the ride is grueling in places. And it will be again this weekend as the group passes through Hartsel and Salida after leaving Summit County. But the couple’s main goal is to reach their goal of $ 100,000 for the fund. Dean said he chose this number after seeing other people raise smaller donations for 5 and 10 kilometer runs.

“I haven’t counted the number of ‘K’s’ between Canada and Mexico, but there are a lot,” he said.

On Friday, including matching pledges to be added later, the couple exceeded $ 30,000.

Time will tell how much they harvest. For now, Lorri is thrilled to be getting back to soaking up the sights while riding the bike.

“Our country is so beautiful,” she said. “We have some amazing areas of the backcountry that we got to walk through that we probably would never have seen.

“And the other thing, there are some amazing people we’ve met along this trail. We have matching jerseys – red, white, and blue – for people to notice, and people to stop us and ask us what we’re doing. And then once I get a signal and get to a town, I can see there has been a donation to the page. Did someone we just met that day after stopping by and talking to us donated? We have just been overwhelmed. “

Dean and Lorri Zenoni from Salt Lake City woke up to this sight in Kremmling on Thursday, July 15, during their bike ride from the Canadian border to the Mexican border as a fundraiser for the Semper Fi & America’s Fund.
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Utah helps Shane Hall Band after $ 30,000 in equipment theft

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – On July 13, the San Diego-based Shane Hall Band embarked on an encore performance a few months after their first live show after the pandemic. However, what they could not have prepared for when setting up the short stay in the Salt Lake City Valley was losing the majority of their gear in the shadow of the airport. Salt Lake City International.

The Mountains & Plains Tour 2021, spreading tones of Fuzz-Funk Voodoo-Rock on the West Coast, was left mute when the group woke up on the morning of July 14. Their $ 2,000 U-Haul trailer with $ 30,000 worth of equipment inside had been stolen.

Suddenly, it was a group of musicians on tour without instruments or equipment.

“We love to visit Utah and appreciate the love we have received in return. This theft will not ruin us! said Becka Craven, the group’s manager.

According to the group, they discovered that theft around airport hotels is not necessarily uncommon. “Now learning, people are waiting in their cars for travelers who may have valuables,” they told

But all was not lost, the Utahns have done what the Utahns are known for … helping those in need.

Local musicians rallied around the eleventh hour to help the band do everything to keep their promise of a few nights of good vibes, loaning guitars and gear so the Shane Hall Band wouldn’t miss a show.

“I’m going to tell you that I feel really lucky right now… and ah… I know some people would laugh about it,” Shane Hall said on stage just half a day after losing expensive office supplies. “We had our trailer stolen this morning with all our musical equipment in it and we hadn’t played any shows yet.

“We would call cops and do all that stuff, and we’d panic a little bit… and then we hit our boy Mr. Jorgenson over there and just about everything we’re making noise about right now is because from him.”

Hall continued his feelings by expressing how grateful he was that the community here is so supportive like this.

“All of the band members are full-time musicians and have to scramble to replace key items immediately and hopefully buy items back over a few weeks to maintain our livelihood,” Craven explains.

If you want to help, the group has created a gofundme.

Police Info / Trailer Info:

  • Uhaul 5 × 8 Enclosed Trailer with Wisconsin-1986ZA Plates
  • Police File Number: 21-123414.
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Salt Lake Community College and University of Utah begin construction of new campus in Herriman

The Juniper building is the first on the SLCC Herriman campus, where students can earn two- and four-year degrees from SLCC and the University of Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY, July 17, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Salt Lake City Community College and the University of Utah innovated today on a joint $ 57 million campus in Herriman. The Juniper building on the Herriman campus will provide thousands of people with academic and professional opportunities through improved access to education and training.

The Juniper Building on the new 90-acre campus will open in 2023 and make the pursuit of graduate studies more convenient for residents of fast-growing cities of Herriman, Riverton and clothier. Students will be able to earn an Associate’s Degree from SLCC and then attend the University of Utah to get a bachelor’s degree, all in one place. The campus will welcome more than 2,000 students in its first year and nearly 7,000 students by 2025.

“This partnership between SLCC and the University of Utah will help maintain the state’s high quality of life, ”said SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin. “Education enables people to build prosperity and a bright future for themselves and their families. This new facility will play a key role in making the college more accessible to those who live in this region.

The campus will offer degrees in high demand areas including nursing, business, computing and information systems, social work, and teaching license in primary, secondary and special education. Essential student services for both schools will also be available, including admissions, counseling, disability assistance, financial assistance, transfer assistance and tutoring.

“The Juniper building at the Herriman campus arrives just in time to help meet the demand for education and employment created by the incredible growth in the southwestern region of the Salt Lake Valley,” the president said by interim of U. Michael L. Good. “The University of Utah and SLCC have worked together for a long time to support student success. We look forward to this campus paving the way for more Utahns to graduate.

Funding for the building was allocated by the Utah State Legislature in 2021, with additional support from SLCC, the University of Utah, private donors and investments in health infrastructure Herriman City. You can find more information at

Salt Lake City Community College is that of Utah the largest open-access college, proudly educating the state’s most diverse student body in eight fields of study at 11 locations and online. The majority of SLCC graduates transfer to four-year institutions, and thousands more are trained in programs directly aimed at the labor market. In 2023, the institution will celebrate 75 years of teaching Utah residents in areas that contribute to the state’s vibrant economy and high quality of life.

the University of Utah is the state’s flagship higher education institution, with 18 schools and colleges, over 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate programs, and an enrollment of over 32,000 students. In 2019, the university was selected as a new member of the Association of American Universities, a prestigious, invitation-only group of 65 leading research institutes characterized by excellence in academic expertise and the impact of research, student success and obtaining resources to support missions. The U’s reputation for excellence attracts top faculty and motivated students from across the country and abroad.

Erika Shubin, SLCC (385) 489-0695
Christophe nelson, U of U, (801) 953-3843

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Stephen speckman, Salt Lake City Community College, 801-957-5076, [email protected]


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Low lake levels threaten the Great Salt Lake food chain

SALT LAKE CITY – The Great Salt Lake ecosystem – from brine shrimp and brine flies to the millions of migrating birds that live along the shore – depends on structures called microbialites. These are rocks covered with salt tolerant bacteria that live in shallow water and convert sunlight into food through photosynthesis. But they are threatened by falling lake water levels, which are approaching record lows.

“Brine flies and brine fly larvae crawl on them and eat them, and the brine shrimp will graze on them as well,” said Professor Bonnie Baxter, director of the Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College.

If microbials are exposed, bacterial mats can die off very quickly. And they don’t come back right away when water levels rise.

“If the lake level rises and these elements are submerged again, it takes several seasons or years for the microbes to even think about recolonizing and reforming on these structures,” said Michael Vanden Berg, head of the Energy and Energy program. Utah minerals. Geological survey.

Vanden Berg said some areas of microbials have already been exposed as the lake level has dropped. And more could be like before it hits its seasonal low in October or November.

Baxter said the lake’s ecosystem is just one reason the Utahns should be concerned about how the lake level is managed. Blowing dust off areas left dry is another.

“It’s essential for the quality of our air. It is essential for our snow. Otherwise, the dust falls on the snow and causes it to melt faster. So it’s essential for our water supply, ”she told KSL Newsradio.

Vanden Berg says it’s hard to predict what the ultimate impact of losing more microbials will be. “We are essentially in new territory,” he said.

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Real Salt Lake valued at $ 420 million in recent valuation

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Real Salt Lake is valued at $ 420 million, according to a recent Sportico valuation.

“Sportico is a high-quality digital content company that provides breaking news, data, insight, strategy, leadership and breaking news about the sports industry,” read their biography on Twitter.

The $ 420 million valuation ranks Real Salt Lake 22nd most expensive teams in Major League Soccer. The only teams ranked below Real Salt Lake are FC Dallas, Orlando City, Vancouver, Montreal and Colorado Rapids.

On May 12, 2021, it was announced that the Wilf family had purchased Orlando City SC for a price of between $ 400 million and $ 450 million. Sportico has Orlando City SC estimated at $ 400 million in their recent valuation.

Real Salt Lake is still on the hunt for an owner, following Dell Loy Hansen’s announcement last summer that he was going to sell the team over allegations of misconduct at work.

Major League Soccer has given Hansen until January 8 to find a suitable buyer. He was unable to do so and therefore offered the league sale process.

Days later, MLS commissioner Don Garber said he “hopes to sell the team in 2021”.

Since then, many rumors have surfaced but nothing concrete has come about RSL’s ownership dilemma. Many experts have speculated that Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith was the leader in the quest to own Real Salt Lake. However, his latest social media remarks indicate that the league is asking too much for the sale and that he is not prepared to pay as much as the league is asking.

The selling price the league is asking for remains unknown.

Next game for Real Salt Lake

RSL’s next game is on the road against LAFC on Saturday, July 17. The kick-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. and can be streamed for free via the KSL Sports and KSL 5 TV apps or on KSL Sports dot com.

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Salt Lake City business owner sues DABC after revoking bar license

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Kimi’s Chop and Oyster House, like many restaurants and bars, has been closed for almost a year due to the pandemic.

And even when the Salt Lake City business, located at 2155 S. Highland Dr., was able to reopen in February 2021, social distancing requirements limited the number of diners that could be seated in the downstairs restaurant. .

The upstairs Oyster Bar lounge – for those 21 and over – also sat empty for many nights as bars were considered a high risk of spreading the virus.

However, when a routine audit of the Utah Alcoholic Beverage Control Department showed that during three different periods in March and April 2021, Kimi’s Oyster Bar did not sell any alcohol – it raised flags. red wines for the liquor agency beyond a simple COVID-19 slowdown.

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In May, the DABC Liquor Commission confiscated Kimi’s bar license, claiming the company had violated state law by shutting down operations without first obtaining approval.

Owner Kimi Eklund insists the bar – as well as the adjacent restaurant – has still been open since it reopened in February and believes the commission acted arbitrarily.

She recently filed a lawsuit with the 3rd District Court asking a judge to reinstate the bar’s license – a license that is rare in Utah.

While Eklund awaits a decision, Kimi’s Chop House will continue to sell alcohol to patrons under its Restaurant Liquor License – which allows patrons to order alcohol only when they are also ordering food. .

(Isaac Hale | Special for The Tribune) An upstairs space formerly used as a bar remains vacant at Kimi’s Chop and Oyster House at Sugar House on Friday, July 9, 2021.

DABC spokeswoman Michelle Schmitt said the agency “cannot comment on pending legal issues.”

But under state law, a licensed business “cannot shut down or cease operations for a period longer than 240 hours” unless the owner receives approval from the company. the agency.

The DABC audit said Kimi’s Oyster Bar was “closed without prior approval” because there were no alcohol receipts between February 27 and March 9; April 4 and 13; and April 28 and May 11.

When the days were combined, according to the DABC audit, the closures exceed the 240-hour limit set by state law.

Eklund’s legal complaint, however, points to several examples showing that the oyster bar was open but no customers had ordered from the bar. He had a valid business license with the city, his website advertised that the bar was open; and its OpenTable reservation site offered tables at the bar.

“Kimi’s was indeed open and operational during times when the DABC Commission found Kimi’s to be closed,” the complaint said, “and, during alleged shutdowns, Kimi’s offered for sale alcohol or beer as permitted by their license. “

The DABC based its decision, the complaint added, “solely on when the alcohol sales took place, and not on whether the establishment was open and operational or whether Kimi was offering alcohol or beer for sale “.

While the circumstances surrounding The Oyster Bar remain controversial, this is not the first time that the DABC has revoked a liquor license due to “unapproved shutdown” violations.

In April 2020, Scott Evans lost his liquor licenses for the George Restaurant and adjoining George Bar, both located at 327 W. 200 South. At the time, Evans was facing “automatic forfeiture” for not producing alcohol distribution records, and Bar George was closed for more than 10 days without departmental approval.

(Isaac Hale | Special for The Tribune) Marissa Nichols Giron and her husband Trevor Giron prepare for a meal as they dine at Kimi’s Chop and Oyster House at Sugar House on Friday, July 9, 2021.

The bar license was sold

To complicate matters, Eklund was also in the process of selling the bar license to the owner of the ‘Bout Time Pub and Grub Sports Bar franchise.

In April 2020 – at the height of the pandemic when things looked financially dire for Kimi’s Chop and Oyster House – Eklund decided to sell.

Eklund told the liquor board during its May hearing she made the decision when she was “extremely upset” by the company and before knowing that federal coronavirus help would become available.

“I don’t think you realize the intensity that those of us in the industry were facing,” she said, adding that she had 26 employees and several food vendors to pay. with only $ 35,000 in his bank account.

“At that point, that was the only thing I could think of to survive,” she told the commission, adding that “that’s also the only reason we’re having this conversation – because that you think I’m keeping this license just so I can sell it.

Commissioners have previously said they don’t like business owners keeping bar licenses to make money, especially when they’re limited. Currently, eight business owners have applied and are waiting to receive a state bar license.

Typically, those who wish to obtain a hard-to-obtain license must apply to DABC and then wait – sometimes several months or more – until a license becomes available due to an increase in population or from another bar closure.

Businesses can also purchase bar licenses from other owners. But they can be pricey, selling for $ 30,000 and up in recent months.

Eklund told the commission she regrets her decision to sell. “I don’t want to give up the bar license,” she said, “but at the same time, I made a commitment.”

However, before the sale could be finalized, the DABC lost the bar’s license and Kimi’s and ‘Bout Time were left empty-handed.

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Wildfires in Utah: Smoke in Salt Lake from Idaho, Oregon, California

Wildfires in Idaho, California, Oregon and Washington brought smoke to northern Utah over the weekend, resulting in hazy skies and unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups , according to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

And officials warn the Hive State could get even smokier.

“Do you think today’s smoke is bad? It could get worse! ”The Salt Lake City office of the National Weather Service tweeted Saturday alongside a model showing a three-day smoke forecast.

According to the National Forest Service, 33 fires are currently burning in the aforementioned states, including four Type 1 incidents in northern California, one in Oregon and one in Idaho. This is an increase of 10 incidents reported from Saturday afternoon.

Type one refers to a “large and complex incident” requiring multi-agency and national resources, according to the National Parks Service.

One of those incidents is the biggest fire of the year in California. Ignited on July 2, the Beckwourth Complex fire burned about 83,926 acres, the Sacramento Bee reported, prompting evacuation orders in eastern Plumas County, about 45 miles north of Lake Tahoe. On Sunday, the fire, which is currently only 8% under control, reached the town of Doyle and burned several buildings, according to the Bee.

Much of the smoke in northern Utah can be attributed to the fire at the Beckwourth complex, the NWS said on Sunday.

Another culprit is Oregon’s Bootleg Fire, a Type 1 incident that has nearly tripled in size since Friday, according to InciWeb data. The fire burned approximately 143,607 acres southwest of the Winema National Forest in southern Oregon.

Although the fires do not appear to be slowing down, the NWS says that on Tuesday central and southern Utah could see improved air quality thanks to a change in weather conditions and an increased likelihood of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

However, the NWS has warned that northern Utah could remain smoky depending on upstream fire conditions. Air quality forecasts in seven Utah counties – Carbon, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, Weber and Box Elder – remain unhealthy for sensitive groups until Tuesday.

The smoky skies arrive as Utah and the West are in the midst of a historic drought. June was the hottest on record in Utah, according to the NWS, and an excessive heat warning remains in effect for most low-lying parts of the state.

Temperatures in St. George hovered around 117 degrees on Saturday, tying the all-time record for Hive State “pending further investigation of the data,” the NWS said.

In addition to Utah, eight states – Arizona, California, Idaho, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island – experienced their hottest June on record, while six states – Connecticut, Maine, Montana, Oregon , Washington and Wyoming – had their second warmest June, according to the NWS.

In total, June 2021 was the hottest June on record for the United States.

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Federal forecasters issue the La Nina watch. What does this mean for next winter in Utah?

A map of a typical winter of La Nina. The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center released a La Nina watch on Thursday, July 8, 2021. Forecasters say it looks like the trend will return this winter. (National Meteorological Service)

SALT LAKE CITY – The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center released a La Nina watch on Thursday, indicating that trends show the oceanic event to emerge between September and November with a 66% chance that it will last all winter .

La Nina is the result of stronger Pacific trade winds that generally flow from South America to Asia. It pushes the warm ocean water with it westward, unlike its El Niño counterpart. This allows cooler ocean waters to replenish off the west coast of South America, according to the National Ocean Service, which is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This is important because ocean trends impact weather conditions in the United States.

Based on an average of previous La Nina winters, La Nina’s models result in a polar jet model that provides wetter conditions in the Pacific Northwest and Great Lakes regions, as well. than colder air in the northern parts of the West and Midwest. This also results in warmer conditions in the southeast and drier in the southwest and southeast.

It differs from El Nino in that conditions during El Nino are generally wetter and cooler in the southern United States due to an extensive jet stream from the Pacific. This generally results in warmer conditions in the northern United States and Canada, as well as drier conditions in the Midwest.

Interestingly, neither model gives definite weather trends for most of Utah – at least historically speaking. This means it’s hard to tell if Utah is heading for a wet, dry, hot, or cold winter.

“Our signal is not very strong,” said Christine Kruse, chief meteorologist in the Salt Lake City office of the National Weather Service. “There are La Ninas where we might see more precipitation than normal), some average, some below normal. It just doesn’t have any consistency due to the way the jet stream is. installs with a typical La Nina. “

A typical La Nina might have a more negative impact on the southern tip of Utah, like St. George. The area is located just at the northern limit of where drier conditions normally emerge from the mid-polar jet stream.

Again, this dry area is based on the average winter of La Nina. Where the jet stream settles will ultimately determine whether Utah is heading for a desired wet, cold winter or a dreaded hot, dry winter due to the ongoing drought.

It also means meteorologists will have to wait for the jet stream to set in before they have a better idea of ​​what to expect this winter. Cruse said it usually starts to develop in the fall around the same time of September through November, when the Prediction Center expected La Nina to set in.

“(The jet stream) can change. You can start part of the winter with a particular storm path and a higher level ridge develops in a new location and things change,” she said. “But you’re starting to see a little bit of what winter can look like from late fall to early winter.”

The Climate Prediction Center typically publishes its outlook for the winter months beginning around mid-October.

This winter is already considered by state water experts to be a major winter due to the statewide drought. The US DroughtwMonitor currently lists about 98% of Utah in at least one extreme drought and nearly two-thirds in exceptional drought.

A large majority of Utah’s water comes from the snowpack during the winter, so experts say a strong winter is what is needed to help lift the state out of drought.

On a more regional scale, a La Nina event is good news for parts of the West, which is dry everywhere. The US Drought Monitor also lists 93.7% of the entire region – a collection of Utah, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico , Oregon and Washington – experiences at least moderate drought.

Almost 60% of the West is considered to be in extreme drought and just over a quarter of the region is in exceptional drought. Many areas of the Pacific Northwest, where a La Nina winter typically produces more rain, are currently in these more severe categories.

Conversely, a normal La Nina is potentially bad news for southwestern areas like Arizona and New Mexico, which are also covered by some of the more severe drought categories.

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SLC police spend hundreds of hours a week making calls related to homeless people, public records show

At a time when Salt Lake City’s homeless crisis is at the forefront throughout the city, police spend a lot of time dealing with it.

A 2News public records request found that police are called hundreds of times a week for complaints related to homelessness, passing people, street camping or other related issues.

That’s a big part of an agent’s workload, straining an already short service.

“It takes a pretty big chunk of our available resources,” said Salt Lake City police sergeant. Keith Horrocks said.

Hundreds of hours

Police records show officers answered 147 to 256 calls each week on the matter from November 1 to mid-June. An email from a Salt Lake police captain in March to the mayor’s chief of staff said each service call “consumes at least 2 hours of work.”

Do the math – that means the police spend between 300 and 500 hours per week. And that’s a conservative estimate. In that same March 19 email, Salt Lake City Police Captain Lance VanDongen wrote: “This is exactly what we can prove… many other appeals related to mental health and property crime are related to the same challenge.

This email was written to Rachel Otto, Chief of Staff to Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, and Erin Litvack, Deputy Mayor of Salt Lake County.

Complaints from a company

Canyon Sports, located at 517 South 200 West in Salt Lake City, is a place where police calls are commonplace.

Employee Kevin Meepos said the outdoor rental equipment store called the police “at least once a day” about concerns about a group of people camping and hanging out in their parking lot and near their home. business.

“They come into our property, harass our customers, shoot drugs, poop on our property, piss on our property, throw stones at our windows,” Meepos said.

While 2News was interviewing Meepos at the store Thursday afternoon, our team saw a man in the parking lot attempting to inject himself with a needle. Meepos said this type of behavior is common.

Canyon Sports complaints are only part of the many calls Salt Lake police receive each week regarding street roaming and camping. When asked if this puts pressure on the department, Horrocks said, “I think everything is kind of a strain in our current predicament.”

This is because the Salt Lake Police Force has dozens of vacancies resulting in slower response times. But, they insist, people who need help should still call them.

“We will respond,” Horrocks said, “and we will deal with the issue you are calling us for as quickly as possible.”

Possible solutions

Andrew Johnston, the new director of homeless policy and outreach in Salt Lake City, is not shocked by the number of calls police are getting about it. He believes that as the city seeks to house 300 people currently on the streets, those calls for service will drop.

“This is fundamentally a housing issue,” said Johnston. “If you can spend the money on housing and focus your energies on housing, we can alleviate this initial crisis we are facing.”

Then there is the question that has been asked in this new era of police reform: all those calls for service that the police should respond to rather than a social worker?

“That’s the question we’re starting to ask ourselves,” Horrocks said. “What should the police respond to? At the present time? It is appropriate that we respond to them.

He said Salt Lake Police have seven social workers and plan to hire 13 more soon. He noted, however, that police will likely always be present when a passenger is called for help because these situations can often become dangerous and unpredictable.

“Until we can find a better solution or a better way to do it, we are the ones who respond,” Horrocks said. “Keep calling us. We will respond and resolve the issue for which you are calling us as quickly as possible.

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Dentist takes action when car catches fire outside SLC office

SALT LAKE CITY – A Salt Lake City dentist jumped into action when he saw smoke and flames rising from a family’s suburb outside their office.

“An average first day back from a long weekend and I finish a patient, I just do normal fillings,” said Ric Sherman.

When working in a dental office, the only thing you expect to be out of place is in someone’s mouth. But on Tuesday, it was what was going on outside Sherman’s office that caught his attention.

“I was just in the zone and I look up and that was a new thing,” Sherman said.

But even after seeing the smoke coming out of the windows, he didn’t think much about it and instead said to himself, “They’re probably vaping like crazy in there.”

Moments later he was outside and saw that smoke was now coming out of the windows and fire was coming out of the vents. So Sherman did what he had been doing for two years as a dentist and ran inside to grab the right tool: a fire extinguisher.

Luckily, he said the couple from the suburbs had already pulled their baby and toddler out of the car.

Sherman blew the hood, assuming the battery was the cause, but the fire was coming from inside.

“The flames had gone up and melted through the dashboard, then I could see where the source was coming from and I just put the fire extinguisher there,” he said.

Witnesses said the fire started after someone put coins in the cigarette lighter.

“It’s kind of crazy to think… you know, because you leave your kids in there,” Sherman said. “Children will be children.”

The suburb will need a lot more than a refill after today’s visit. But no one was injured, and the interior of the vehicle did the extent of the damage, thanks to a dentist.

“I think it’s every kid’s dream to use a fire extinguisher, so all of my dreams have come true today,” he said.

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Why are Utah rents so expensive? The latest Utah housing news

Federal officials recently extended the moratorium on evictions by one month – and they warned it would be the last time.

Housing advocates fear wave of evictions will follow moratorium expiration, and urge tenants in Utah affected by COVID-19 pandemic to get help now before it gets too much late.

But for tenants in Utah, the stress of the rental market is nothing new. For almost every year over the past decade, Utah rental prices have kept going up, up, up.

As Utah tenants continue to be in a hurry, when will they hit breaking point?

After a deep dive into Utah’s scorching real estate market, the Deseret News also delved into what’s going on with the state’s rental market – and why rates are likely to continue to climb.

Learn more about what the data shows, the struggles of Utah tenants, and how housing advocates say they can get help here.

Here are five takeaways from the Deseret News report:

The COVID-19 pandemic may have temporarily slowed rental rates, but now they continue to rise.

In the Salt Lake metropolitan area, the median cost of rent rose from $ 1,384 per month in March 2020, when the pandemic first struck here, to $ 1,451 per month a year later, an increase by 4.8%, according to a new report from Stessa .com. The site ranked the Salt Lake City metropolitan area No. 64 out of 105 U.S. cities where rents have changed the most since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The increases drive down the price of tenants who could otherwise have afforded the same rental just a few years ago.

Almost every year for the past decade, Utah rental prices have climbed 5% to 7% per year along the Wasatch Front, a startling reality that means the average Salt Lake County apartment that cost $ 793 in 2008 now costs about $ 1,145. .

Prices climbed at the highest rate in Utah County, home of the Silicon Slopes tech industry.

From 2000 to 2018, rents in Utah County increased 83%, the largest increase in Wasatch Frontal counties.

Salt Lake County rental rates increased 78%. Davis and Weber counties grew 64% and 59%, according to a June 2019 report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

In Utah County, an average apartment that cost $ 719 per month in 2008 now costs around $ 1,200.

Rents exceed wages and inflation. Low vacancy rates are stimulating the market.

From 2000 to 2018, the average rent in Salt Lake County was more than double the rate of inflation. For example: In 2000, the average rent for an apartment was $ 647. If rent were to keep pace with inflation, the average rent for an apartment in Salt Lake County would be around $ 850 in 2018, almost $ 300 less than the actual 2018 average, according to the June 2019 report from the political institute.

Meanwhile, vacancy rates remain low. In Salt Lake County, vacancy rates fell nearly 9% in 2009 and are hovering around 4.5%, according to a 2020 CBRE Multifamily Market report. Vacancy rates are similar in Utah and Weber counties, and even lower in Davis County, at around 3.5%.

The impact? Thousands of Utahns are in danger. And the housing gap is widening.

An astonishing 1 in 5 Utah renters are considered “severely overcharged,” meaning they pay more than 50% of their income in rent, according to state and federal data.

Utah has approximately 284,935 renters statewide. Of those, 115,875 – about 40% or 2 in 5 Utah renters – are considered “overcharged” or pay more than 30% of their income in rent. According to the 2020 Utah Affordable Housing Report, about 52,890 Utah residents – about 20% or 1 in 5 Utah renters – are considered “severely” overcharged, which means that they pay more than 50% of their income in rent.

A gap in affordable and available rental units for renters earning less than 50% of the region’s median income in Utah has widened over the past decade, from 41,052 in 2010 to 49,545 in 2018, according to the November 2020 report of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. .

The waiting lists for housing are enormous. But there is always help.

In Salt Lake City alone, the wait list for the most common help, Section 8 vouchers, is estimated to be five years or less. Currently, there are over 7,000 Salt Lake families on this list, according to the Salt Lake City Housing Authority.

But while those waiting lists are long and daunting, housing advocates want Utah renters to know there is always help for them. Utah has approximately $ 180 million in government funding for tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about the resources available to tenants here.

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Authorities Identify Salt Lake City Man Who Drowned In Deer Creek Reservoir

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DEER CREEK STATE PARK, Utah, July 4, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) – Utah state park officials released the name of a man who died in a drowning at Deer Creek State Park on Saturday.

The victim was Randall Fern, 69, of Salt Lake City.

“On July 3, just after noon, Utah State Park Rangers and Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office responded to the boat launch after receiving reports of of possible drowning, ”said a statement from Utah state park officials.

“The man, Randall Fern, 69, was canoeing with four other family members when their boats were submerged. Unable to straighten their canoes, the group decided to swim to shore.

“About 15 feet from shore, Fern started to struggle to stay above the water and was in distress. He was not wearing a life jacket.

A passing boater was able to get Fern into the boat and bring him to the boat launch, “where first responders were waiting and working to revive him,” the statement said.

“Despite their best efforts, Fern was pronounced dead at the scene. The rest of the group’s family are unharmed, ”the State Parks statement said.

The incident is under investigation.

Utah State Parks expresses condolences to Fern’s friends and family.

We would also like to remind those who venture into the great outdoors to always stay on their toes and to make safety a top priority. Always remember to wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket. Recreate according to your abilities and set a good example for other recreationists and the children around you.

For more information on lifejackets, safety, and Utah boating rules and regulations, visit

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Salt Lake City firefighters remind residents of fireworks ban

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City firefighters are going door-to-door to remind residents of the city’s fireworks ban this July 4th holiday weekend.

Salt Lake City Fire Chief Karl Lieb said he was concerned about fireworks being fired in the city despite the ban.

“This is a major concern,” he told KSL Newsradio at a press conference. “Our environmental condition is ripe for fire, hence the citywide ban on fireworks and all open flames.”

Lieb said his firefighters were reaching out to the community in hopes of preventing any blaze over the weekend. Additionally, Lieb said that within two hours, its first responders can reach several hundred residents, brief them and answer any questions they have.

Still, with so much work the firefighters did to spread the word, Lieb said his department was bracing for the worst.

We are still optimistic about what will happen during the July holidays, ”he said. “But we also have to be realistic. “

Lieb wants people to enjoy the holidays and hopes they will. However, he wants them to do it this year without fireworks.

“We want people to celebrate the holiday,” he said. “But there are many different versions of the celebration that don’t involve active fireworks.”

If Salt Lake City residents want to shoot fireworks, they must go to an area where they are allowed. Lieb offers some simple tips to keep everyone safe.

“To do it with an extinguisher nearby,” he said. “And do this of course under adult supervision and make sure they aren’t near the ignition point when the fireworks go off.”

Lieb also said that if the individual is caught, the penalty for shooting fireworks within Salt Lake City limits is a Class B misdemeanor and a fine of up to $ 1,000.

And there’s more.

“They will also be responsible for any liability,” said the Salt Lake City fire chief. “Which will be pursued to the fullest extent of the law.”

The ban also includes small fireworks, including smoke bombs and sparklers.

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Campbell gears up for ‘hellish’ roller skating in Salt Lake City | The parchment of the hole

The July 4th fireworks display could be canceled in Jackson, but Dusty Campbell is still hoping for an Independence Day finale.

The 31-year-old physiotherapist from Salt Lake City sets out on a three-day, 285-mile trip from Jackson Hole to his hometown, and he does it all on six 110mm wheels. The inline skates will take Campbell to 8,000 feet high and 10,000 feet of descent, all in an effort to raise awareness and financially support the Wounded Warrior Project.

He leaves Town Square on Friday afternoon July 2 and hopes to enter Liberty Park on July 4.

“It will be hell,” he said. “But my suffering will not even be close to what these soldiers went through.”

Campbell first became interested in Wounded Warriors when he found his college friend sobbing in the back room of a party. This friend, a former Marine, was easily 6 feet tall and weighed 230. But PTSD wrinkled his body and prompted his friend, the physiotherapist, to act.

Through a campaign on the nonprofit organization’s website, Campbell is attempting to raise $ 100,000 for Wounded Warriors: veterans in need of physical and mental rehabilitation after serving in the US military. Donations made on Independence Day will be matched dollar for dollar up to $ 75,000 by the Blue Angels Foundation, according to the website.

A former hockey player, Campbell thought he would feel more comfortable skating than riding a bike, but he actually only tried a pair of blades in January. His ultramarathon friends told him he was crazy.

Luckily, he will have the support of his girlfriend, dad, and stepmom in a hunting van with snacks and a pair of rescue blades.

The route will take him through Alpine and Soda Springs, then Preston and Logan, where he’ll head to Highway 15 rather than taking the shortcut to Brigham City.

Fans who want to keep an eye on the feat can follow @pt_dustycampbell on Instagram.

He is hoping the Jacksonites will also come to downtown Jackson on Friday to kick him out, and maybe keep going for a bit. Weather permitting, he hopes to leave at noon.

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5 local options for your Seltzer summer – SLUG Magazine

As the summer heats up and our evenings lengthen, we seek a refreshing comfort that will refresh us as we navigate a post-pandemic world. Many have made connections with seltzer such as White Claw and Press during their rise in popularity over the past two years, but there is also a healthy pool of locally made seltzer to choose from Рlocal breweries. Epic, Nuances, Uinta, Squatters and Grid city can provide fodder for your scorching seltzer summer. With flavors such as Cherry Lime, Pineapple & Mint, Raspberry, Peach and a fruity Ros̩, your sparkling summer companions are plentiful.

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Epic Brewing Company
Pakkā Cherry Lime

In the refreshing world of hard seltzer, Epic‘s Pakkā the offerings are particularly crisp and fresh. The flavors here – our choice was Cherry Lime – are found on the reserved end, more a subtle increase in carbonated sparkle than an explosive intestinal punch. Straight out of the fridge, the lime flavor dominated the first sip. As the seltzer water quickly approached room temperature, as is often the case during a Utah summer, especially when drinking outdoors, the citrus bite mellowed and the richer cherry flavor came to the fore for a pleasantly sweet finish. Epic‘s Pakkā Selts are a safe bet if you really, really want to convince yourself that you are * not * drinking alcohol while you tidy up a dozen bakers by the pool. –AL


Bubble Works Rose by Grid City Beer Works
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Grid City Beer Works
Bubble Works Rosé Hard Seltzer

Grid City Beer WorksThe Bubble Works collection is home to a biting troupe of four hard seltts, including the Aperitif, Cucumber Lime, Hoppy Hard and Rosé. While super hot at 8.2% blood alcohol content, this rosé seltzer is the perfect sipping experience to cool off in the sun. Pouring this portion was electric, as the light carbonation projected sparkling bubbles from the top of my mug above the ruby ​​red body of the rosé. The first sip introduces a refreshing, traditional taste of Rosé with a crisp landing on my tongue. Not as sweet as initially expected, the juices of dried raspberry, freeze-dried tangy cherry, prickly pear, and muscat canelli showed up – in that order – as the drink settled down to a warmer temperature. Be warned: at this particular ABV, this little number might be a little TOO easy to drink. Everything will be fine, won’t it? –BV

Livli Pineapple Mint Seltzer, Shades Brewing
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Stirring nuances
Livli Pineapple & Mint

Among the local seltzers we sampled, Nuances‘The Livli brand has one of the biggest personalities – a hard seltzer for connoisseurs of flavor. Following Nuances‘penchant for brewing experimentation – their favorite sour Pina Colada, their “Slurry” beer concoctions – the fruit and herbal blend of pineapple and seltzer mint strives to be unique at first. Interestingly enough, the individual notes of pineapple and mint didn’t really speak up during my tasting. Instead, the combination of the two resulted in a creamy fruit flavor not unlike that of classic summer Creamsicles. While the rich flavors and textures of this seltzer make it an unlikely candidate for multiple-can consumption, the Livli’s sturdy body offers a valid choice if your desires incline to sit back and ‘cure one for the flavor’. –AL

Grandeur Peak Peach Sparkling Water, Squatters Brewing Co.
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Squatters Brewing Co.
Grandeur Peak Peach Sparkling Water

Call me Princess Peach, cause this Grandeur Peak Sparkling peach water made me feel like royalty saved from the grip of danger! If anything could deconstruct a peach and rebuild it into a light, watered version of itself, it’s squatters’ Peak of Grandeur. The fuzzy sensation that greets your mouth from the first sip comfortably rolls out the red carpet for the star of the show, the nicely rounded peach flavor. Crunchy, fruity and almost creamy, this low carbon and very refreshing sparkling drink offers a lighter option than Wild basin‘s Cucumber Peach, without the consequent bloating and lingering malt liquor taste of seltzer water. Arriving at a safe 4.5% ABV, you can easily push a few off before you need to be put in a
turn for a little princess break. –BV

Raspberry Westwater, Uinta Brewing
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Uinta Brewery
Westwater Raspberry

Uinta Brewery‘s Westwater Seltzer range does not achieve the same eye-catching novelty as other local brands; instead, the brewery strives to perfect the basics and offers the tried and true trio of lime, mango and raspberry. That said, our raspberry flavor taste test found that simplicity doesn’t equate to blandness. Of the group, Westwater Raspberry has some of the most naturalistic tasting notes, eschewing candy-like artificiality and leaning into the true taste of a fruity drink. While some traditional seltzers lean so crispy they border on tonic and some come across more as high falutin concoctions, Westwater falls in that golden mean – far from bland, but even further from to be an exercise at a sip of experimental perfection. She’s the resident cutie who doesn’t bite but can still give you a great time. –AL

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Salt Lake carpet company owner charged with rape, human trafficking

The Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City. A Salt Lake businessman who owns two carpet companies was charged Monday with seven felonies accusing him of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old woman and girl after meeting them on a Sugar Daddy dating site. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – A longtime Salt Lake businessman faces criminal charges accusing him of sexually assaulting two people, including a teenage girl, whom he met on a Sugar Daddy website.

Raffi J. Daghlian, 77, until recently continued to be active on the website and there could potentially be other victims, investigators said while uploading documents to the 3rd District Court.

Daghlian was charged Monday by the Utah attorney general‘s office with rape, human trafficking and aggravated exploitation of child prostitution, all first degree felonies. He was also charged with three counts of forced sexual abuse, a second degree felony and trafficking in material injurious to a minor, a third degree felony.

Daghlian is the owner of Daghlian Rugs on Main and Daghlian Oriental Rugs and has also been involved in the restaurant industry in Salt Lake City.

He is accused of sexually abusing two people, a woman and a girl who was 16 at the time. Daghlian met the two victims on the Seeking Arrangements dating site, the attorney general’s office confirmed. The website promotes itself as a place “where beautiful, successful people nurture mutually beneficial relationships.”

“The purpose of the dating site was to match men who were willing to pay women money or spend money on women in exchange for dating,” the indictment documents say.

In July 2020, a 16-year-old girl told police she registered on the website and claimed she was 18. She began speaking with Daghlian and the two arranged to have a date “with the understanding that the accused would pay (her) a sum of money to go to dinner with him”, according to the charges.

At dinner, Daghlian made sexual advances to the girl, who responded by telling her “that she was not there to have sex, but rather to get money to pay her rent.” for having dinner with (Daghlian) ”, according to the charges.

After dinner, Daghlian took the girl to a carpet store he owned at 2364 S. Main. At the store, he forced her to undress and engage in sexual acts, according to the charges. The teenager said Daghlian would get “angry” if she didn’t comply, so she did as he asked because she was “afraid of what (Daghlian) would do.”

At the end of the “date,” the girl was paid $ 170, according to the charges.

Another woman told investigators that she met Daghlian on the same dating site in 2013. During their date, Daghlian “repeatedly tried to get (the woman) to drink alcohol. and made several references to sex and sexual relations, “according to the charges.

He took the woman to his carpet store at 1053 E. 2100 South and insisted she have another drink, then raped the woman inside the business, the prosecution documents show.

The woman immediately reported the assault to law enforcement in 2013. A DNA sample of her alleged attacker was taken from her dress. But according to court documents, “Daghlian’s DNA profile was never obtained or compared to the profile on the dress, and the investigation was never presented to a prosecution for screening criminal charges.”

After learning that charges had never been laid and that the case had never even been considered for potential charges in 2013, investigators from the attorney general’s office obtained a DNA sample from Daghlian’s son.

“By comparing the obtained male DNA believed to be (Daghlian’s) son to the DNA on the dress, it is indicated a 99.9999% probability that the DNA on the dress is from a person. having a family relationship with the son (ie the accused), ”investigators wrote in the charges.

An arrest warrant without bail was issued against Daghlian on Monday. Prosecutors say they will obtain a DNA sample from him when he is taken into custody and compare it with the DNA profile taken from the robe.

In each incident, Daghlian “is accused of using a social media dating site designed to match men who were willing to pay women money or spend money on women in return. dating, to lure women into his carpet business for sexual activity. When these women did not consent, he sexually assaulted them to satisfy his sexual desires, “the prosecution documents say.

“Two alleged independent victims reporting very similar sexual assaults suggest that the likelihood of a certain event occurring, such as wrongdoing in error or accusations against an innocent person, is unlikely,” the investigators wrote.

The attorney general’s office also noted in court documents that it was continuing “to investigate other allegations of sexual assault by the accused committed in a similar manner.” Prosecutors say Daghlian continues to be active on the dating site and “over a 90-day period in the fall of 2020, exchanged more than 6,000 messages.”

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Five-alarm apartment fire in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City fire crews responded to a five-alarm fire at the Incline Terrace apartments near 1000 East and 425 South after it was reported just after 2 a.m. Monday morning.

Fire captain Anthony Burton said as soon as the first engines left their posts to intervene they could see flames and smoke from a distance and called for reinforcements. Upon arrival, he said firefighters encountered several people in the six-story building trying to evacuate windows and balconies.

With a fire of this magnitude, Burton said crews would be at the site for some time. “We have several agencies here, a five-alarm structure fire is helping each other,” Burton said.

“Unfortunately, we have a fire to put out, we have water damage and we have an investigation to do, which means it will take some time for these people to be displaced for a while before they can come back to recover. their business and try to reoccupy yourself.

“The most important thing is that no one is left behind, and they are humans in beds, which is why we are here.”

The good news, Burton said, is that everyone has been found and no residents or firefighters have been injured.

The fire department is asking people to avoid the area between 900 and 1300 east on 400 and 500 south as they continue to work throughout the morning.

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Drought brings more snakes to Utah yards – what are you doing?

As a scorching drought sweeps through Utah, more critters are entering public parks and backyards.

This is nothing new to the Utahns, but an increased frequency of snakes in the Salt Lake Valley and elsewhere for the summer means caution and preparation are needed, according to reptile experts.

“We’re getting calls earlier this year than ever,” said Terry Messmer, Utah State University Extension’s wildlife specialist. “All of them occurred in early June, while other instances of snake sightings and bites occurred in late June of previous years. A fatal incident last year was with a person recreating themselves on trails, and these are all sightings in parks. “

Among the calls Messmer received, most of the non-poisonous snakes got lost in the valley. Although most poisonous snakes remain in mountainous areas or in sagebrush, two types of poisonous snakes have been sighted in areas around St. George: the Great Basin rattlesnake and the Mojave sidewinder.

Other snake sightings are typical of the summer season and during times of high drought, according to Wild Aware Utah, an information website in partnership with the USU Extension, the Salt Lake City Hogle Zoo, and the Department of Resources. natural areas of Utah. Snakes don’t need as much water as humans, but still need a little moisture and often seek it out in areas that are actively watered. Farmers may see more of it in irrigation areas, and homeowners should watch out for snakes in wood and garbage piles, which can act as shelters from the sun.

A western rattlesnake used by Haley Bechard of the Utah Rattlesnake Avoidance is pictured in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 24, 2021. In response to the drought, many snakes search for food and water, and some have recently been spotted in the wetlands of city parks and courtyards. Of the 31 species of snakes found in Utah, seven are poisonous.
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Food is a major concern for crawling reptiles as well, and they often seek out rodents that scavenge in garbage or compost piles left in backyards.

Drought conditions also exacerbate other problems. As wildfires continue to burn in Utah due to parched grass and high temperatures, snakes are displaced from their natural habitat and may seek refuge elsewhere. According to the Utah Department of Wildlife, all snakes, non-poisonous and poisonous, may move more through backyards and fields this year in search of water.

One of Messmer’s main concerns is that people who have never encountered snakes before now see them crawling on their back porches. When it comes to preparing snakes, knowledge and caution are key to enjoying their presence without encroaching on their space.

Of the 31 snake species found in Utah, seven are poisonous. These are known as pit vipers because of the pit between their nostrils and eyes. Poisonous snakes have shorter nostrils, triangular heads, and slit pupils. Most poisonous snakes are found in sagebrush, juniper pine forests, sand dunes, rocky hills, meadows and mountain forests. Wild Aware Utah advises that if you can’t tell if the snake is poisonous from a distance, leave it alone and treat it as if it were. Even if a snake is not poisonous, it can still react to agitation by biting, which can cause lasting damage to skin and tissue.

Although only about six people die each year from snakebites nationwide, about 6,000 to 8,000 people are bitten by poisonous snakes each year, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control. Many of them are the result of an attempt to illegally handle or kill the snake, according to the Utah Department of Wildlife. Leaving the reptile alone is usually sufficient to avoid a bite and make sure children and pets follow suit.

Hannah Hausman and Ethan Watts walk the Living Room Trail in <a class=Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 24, 2021. In response to the drought, many snakes are searching for food and water, and some have recently been spotted in wetlands from the city. parks and courtyards. Of the 31 snake species found in Utah, seven are poisonous.” data-upload-width=”3000″ src=”×1985/1200×0/filters:focal(0x0:3000×1985):no_upscale()/”/>

Hannah Hausman and Ethan Watts walk the Living Room Trail in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 24, 2021. In response to the drought, many snakes are searching for food and water, and some have recently been spotted in wetlands from the city. parks and courtyards. Of the 31 snake species found in Utah, seven are poisonous.
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When hiking, avoid sticking any part of the body in a crevice, as these are areas that snakes tend to frequent. Always travel with a friend or tell someone where you will be and how long you will stay there, and dress in shoes that cover the entire foot, as most unprovoked snakebites are inflicted on the extremities that end wrong. place at the wrong time.

If you are at a sufficient distance, you can pull out your phone to document the snake using the iNaturalist app. This app allows you to submit photos, find data on the location of species and identify species that are crawling in front of you.

“It’s really beneficial for us to collect data on different sightings,” said Faith Heaton Jolley, public information officer for the Utah Department of Wildlife. “We don’t have an exact number of snakes reported recently, but a database like this helps us get a better idea.”

In the event of a bite from a poisonous animal, the Department of Wildlife Resources, Utah’s Division of Wildlife, and Wild Alert Utah all advocate that the bitten person remain calm, avoid running or lifting the bitten area overhead. heart and contact emergency services. as quickly as possible. Attempting an emergency solution, such as tying a tourniquet to the affected area, can actually do more harm than good.

“Emergency services can give you the best up-to-date advice,” Jolley said. “Some information online is out of date, so call your nearest emergency department and get professional help.”

Haley Bechard of Utah Rattlesnake Avoidance holds a Western Rattlesnake which she uses during training in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 24, 2021. In response to the drought, many snakes are in search of food and water, and some have recently been spotted in wetlands in city parks and courtyards.  Of the 31 species of snakes found in Utah, seven are poisonous.

Haley Bechard of the Utah Rattlesnake Avoidance holds a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake which she uses during her training in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 24, 2021. In response to the drought, many snakes are looking for foraging for food and water, and some have recently been spotted in the wetlands of city parks and courtyards. Of the 31 snake species found in Utah, seven are poisonous.
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The University of Utah: Building More Inclusive Systems

June 25, 2021

“These are two important changes as we work to create more inclusive systems at U,” said Clare Lemke, director of the LGBT Resource Center. “It’s now easier for individuals to use whatever name they choose in more academic systems and communications. We hope that many students will choose to update their CIS page with data on gender and sexual identities so that we can better serve everyone. “

Gender and gender identity information

Lemke said giving students a way to share information about their identity will help the university better understand how to recruit, retain and graduate students of diverse identities. The goal is to use this data to improve the resources, programs and policies that support a diverse campus.

Name chosen / preferred

Previously, U employees and students had the option to update their chosen / preferred first names in HR and CIS systems. Now, chosen / preferred names will be automatically updated in multiple systems across campus so students and employees no longer have to ask each department to replace their legal first name in HR systems or the campus directory.

“As we celebrate Pride Month, it is significant that we, as an institution, are making university-wide system changes that more include LGBTQIA + people who live, work and learn here. Making it easier to navigate our institution and making sure we know who the students are is important, ”said Lemke. “At the same time, we know there is still work to be done and we are motivated to continue to make meaningful structural changes with real impacts.”

This press release was produced by the University of Utah. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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Obsession led man to set fire to Salt Lake City office building

SALT LAKE CITY – The man accused of set fire to a Salt Lake City apartment building earlier this month was “obsessed” with a woman who owned a business there.

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Alexander Kentish Tuita, 37, has been charged with multiple counts of stalking, as well as aggravated arson for his alleged role in the June 13 fire that destroyed the three-story building at 1104 E Ashton Avenue.

According to the probable cause statement, a woman told the Unified Police Department that Tuita had been a client of her massage business and had “called and texted her inappropriately outside of office hours.” The woman said Tuita even created a fake Instagram profile of her and, when confronted with the owner of the business, admitted to doing it because he was obsessed with her.

Tuita allegedly called the woman and challenged her fiancé to fight. Even after the woman informed the police, Tuita tried to make an appointment online and was refused, according to the police.

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Another woman who owns another massage business in the same building already obtained a civil harassment injunction against Tuita in 2018, which remains active until December 10, 2021.

When approached by fire investigators, Tuita “admitted that the fire on Ashton Avenue was his fault and that it started the blaze.” He told authorities he poured a full pot of gas on the building and started a fire with a lighter.

“Then I got back to my car without looking back,” Tuita said.

Investigators say the fire caused about $ 1.75 million in damage to the building itself, with damage to nearly 25 businesses unknown.

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Yummy’s Coming to Salt Lake | Food News | Salt lake city

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Yummy’s comes to Salt Lake City
Orem-based Korean BBQ Yummy’s recently opened a second location in West Valley (2946 W. 4700 South, 801-769-6614, While in Orem, Yummy’s made a name for itself with its Korean menu and all-you-can-eat meat buffet, featuring a wide range of grilled meats that diners can cook at their own tables. While browsing the Yummy website, we recently discovered all kinds of new plans for the future: They plan to offer subscription meal delivery kits in the near future, and they’ve embraced the keto-friendly nature of cooking. Korean. In addition to this, Yummy’s plans to open new locations in St. George and Eagle Mountain. Long live the Yummy Empire!

Mr. Charlie is growing
The Mr. Charlie’s Chicken Fingers team (554 W. 4500 South, 801-803-9486, recently opened their second location in Draper (592 E. 12300 South). I couldn’t be happier with this news, as it brings Mr. Charlie’s delicious grilled and fried chicken fingers list one step closer to my neighborhood. For those who haven’t yet enjoyed the fried splendor of Mr. Charlie’s chicken fingers, this is a place that only serves chicken fingers, although they also appear on po ‘boys, sandwiches. and wraps. I know fried chicken is a minefield of hot catches right now, but Mr. Charlie’s was making chicken fingers long before this comfort food classic infiltrated social media memedom.

The best Sunday openings
Brunch has always been a polarizing meal, but since it was mostly limited to Sundays, the fabric of food criticism has remained largely intact. Now that chef Tyler Stokes and local restaurateur Michael McHenry, the team behind Ginger Street in Salt Lake, have created a brunch concept only known as Sunday’s Best (10672 S. State Street, 801-441-3331, In addition to brunch classics like monkey bread, homemade cookies and smoked salmon, Sunday’s Best will offer a wide range of meats, vegetables and house cocktails suitable for brunch. If brunch is your thing but you hate to wait until Sunday, this restaurant is for you.

Quote of the week: “Breakfast is a meal, but brunch is a culture.” –Matt Basil

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Salt Lake City Continues Olympic Bid Discussions With LA 2028; IOC President minimizes urgency to organize 2030 Winter Games

Salt Lake City’s increased efforts to host a second Olympic Winter Games include ongoing discussions with organizers of the Los Angeles 2028 Summer Games, Susanne Lyons, president of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee confirmed on Monday. (USOPC), from its headquarters in Colorado Springs.

Rice-Eccles Stadium and the 2002 Olympic Cauldron in Salt Lake City. SLC 2002 generated an operating surplus of over US $ 50 million.

The talks show the Utah capital is keen to run for the previous Games in 2030, even as organizers say they may have to wait until 2034.

Holding the Games just 18 months apart in the United States could be financially inefficient for both events and the USOPC, as the exclusive sponsorship windows will overlap and there is a risk that some disposable income will be split. Organizers in Los Angeles, who won the Games in 2017, are expected to sign the Salt Lake City 2030 Games and may ask for concessions in return.

Other insiders have suggested that the double blow of the back-to-back Summer and Winter Games could be a marketing boon for sponsors and provide efficiencies that reduce the costs of hosting both events.

“We are very much aware that there are interlocking threads,” Lyons said. by conference call referring to conversations between the Salt Lake City-Utah Games Committee (SLC-UTAH), the LA 2028 Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Last week, SLC-UTAH took it up a notch by appointing Olympian Catherine Raney Norman as the new bid chair and adding top athletes to the board including Lindsey Vonn, Apolo Ohno and Monte Meier.

SLC-UTAH President Fraser Bullock was frank with The sports examiner when he indicated a clear preference to host in 2030 over 2034. He said that “our sites are well supported by the [2002] endowment, but the endowment is decreasing, and over time it’s going to get smaller and smaller, and can we keep our sites active? It was never intended to last this long, so there are going to be financial hardships to keep everything alive until 2034. Frankly, the numbers don’t add up.

“I think the other thing is – very important – back to the athletes. “34 is a long wait for the Games to come back here, and if we’re going to re-energize the USA team in winter sports, I think ’30 would be a lot stronger for us. “

But Lyons stressed that no decision has been made and that opportunities exist either year “if and when we bring the Winter Games back to the United States.”

Lyons also pointed out that there would be little movement with the bid ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which is slated to open on July 23.

Earlier this month, IOC President Thomas Bach downplayed the urgency of awarding the next available Winter Games slated for 2030 despite news that Brisbane is set to sign the host city contract to host the Summer Games two years later in 2032, when members meet to vote on plans in Tokyo next month.

Bach said “We’re in no rush, you know we’re still nine years ahead of these Winter Games, so it’s a work in progress. Let’s see when when [the IOC Future Host Commission] will find something [to report to Executive Board].

He added: “The organization of the Winter Games is somewhat more complex than the organization of the Summer Games because Olympic size swimming pools are available almost everywhere in the world, but there are not so many of mountains where you can organize a descent. Some of them therefore require further study.

The Winter Games are usually awarded seven years in advance, but in 2019 new reforms eliminated the deadlines and now allow the IOC Executive Board to nominate a candidate for election at any time. Interested cities engage in an ongoing dialogue with future IOC Host Commissions until a preferred candidate is recognized. With Salt Lake City, 2030 bidders emerged from Vancouver in Canada, Sapporo in Japan and Pyrenees-Barcelona. Quebec in Canada has also expressed interest and other jurisdictions may be involved, but the IOC has said it will keep the names of interested bidders confidential.

Beijing is expected to host the 2022 Winter Games in February and Milan-Cortina is preparing to host the event in 2026.

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Salt Lake City Intl Airport: New Artwork ‘The Canyon’ Awaiting Prize

The artwork lining the walls of the new Salt Lake City International Airport could win an international award, but it is up to the public to help the artwork achieve that goal.

See “The Canyon” at Salt Lake City International Airport

  • Gordon Huether’s “The Canyon” is one of 100 large-scale community works of art from around the world that have been nominated for a CODA Audience Award – an annual award given to “outstanding works that successfully integrate art. in interior, architectural and public spaces, “according to a press release sent to Deseret News.
  • Working on a budget of $ 5 million, Huether and architectural firm HOK sought to create an indoor canyon at the new airport, which opened in September 2020.
  • As the main artist, Huether brought the shapes and ridges of Utah’s canyons to life along the walls of the airport. “The main goal was to bring the outdoors in and give visitors to the state of Utah a sense of belonging,” according to
  • “The Canyon” is “the central art installation at Salt Lake City International Airport,” the Deseret News reported. As part of the Salt Lake City airport redevelopment program, “Canyon 2.0” will be installed in a hall whose construction will be completed in 2024, according to
  • “The Canyon” and “Canyon 2.0” won’t be Huether’s only jobs at the airport, however. The “River Tunnel,” another Utah-inspired piece with sound effects of blue light and water, reported the Deseret News. The planned installation date is 2024.

How to vote for ‘The Canyon’

  • Thirty countries submitted hundreds of commissioned art projects for review this year, accounting for $ 477 million in commission fees, according to the press release. The two projects that receive the most votes online will receive the CODA Audience Award.
  • Voting is open now and will run until June 30. People can vote for their favorite work on The winners will be announced on August 30.
  • Other works of art in the running include painted windows from a redeveloped All Saints Church in Nuremberg, Germany; the “Animalia” exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey; and a 30 foot aluminum arch beacon that sits at the entrance to the Edmonton Police Center in Canada.
  • Toni Sikes, CEO of CODAworx, said in a statement that the People’s Choice contest can get “pretty hot,” with heavy traffic, even causing the website to crash every now and then.
  • “It’s an exciting race to the finish line, the equivalent of the Tour de France in the art world! Sikes said.

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‘RHOSLC’: Jen Shah reveals why couldn’t read Miranda’s rights waiver

“Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah’s legal team suggested she couldn’t read her Miranda rights when she was arrested due to her “blurred vision” caused by contact lenses “dry,” reports People magazine.

Shah’s team said the “RHOSLC” star “was unable to read” the waiver to waive Miranda rights, which she allegedly signed upon her arrest in March, according to People magazine.

What are Miranda’s rights?

The Deseret News recently explained Miranda’s rights story, which reads: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in court. You have the right to a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be provided with one.

What happened to Jen Shah?

Shah was arrested in March “on charges of conspiracy to commit telemarketing wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering,” according to Deseret News.

What happened to the rights of Jen Shah and Miranda?

According to People magazine, Shah explained in a written statement that she was about to film an episode of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” when she received a call about her husband. She decided to go home to find out what was going on. She said she was then told to stop and the police would meet her where she was. The police then came to arrest him.

  • “I was taken to the back of the car, handcuffed and told they had a warrant for my arrest,” Shah said in a statement, according to People magazine. “I was at this point very confused and emotionally unbalanced by the strange series of events, and I thought maybe I had been the victim of a misidentification.”

Next, Shah said she was taken to ICE headquarters, where she was handcuffed to a chair and given a printed copy of Miranda’s rights. She then said her eyesight made it difficult to sign, according to People magazine.

  • “Although I have heard the words Det. Bastos read clearly, my contact lenses, which were in my eyes, were dry and I didn’t have my reading glasses, so my vision was blurry and I was unable to read the paper in front of me, ”he said. she declared. “Even reading my rights, I didn’t fully understand what was going on and still thought that an explanation could be a potential misidentification.”

Shah said she heard all of Miranda’s rights but signed the page in the wrong places because of her blurry vision, according to People magazine. She was then handcuffed so that she could repair her contact lenses before being handcuffed again.

According to People magazine, his lawyers now claim that Shah, who signed the document on Miranda’s rights, “did not do it voluntarily, but rather as a direct result of the deception and cunning of the police. calculated to overcome his will “.

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Jen Shah is a “Real Housewives of SLC” star, and her legal issues will take center stage in Season 2

For most TV stars, getting arrested for cheating on little old ladies with their savings would be the end of their careers. Even before the case goes to trial, it would, in all likelihood, force their shows to be canceled.

This is true even at a time when it has become common practice for politicians to tell us that what we saw happen on television did not actually happen.

But that is not true if you are one of the “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City“. Jen Shah’s arrest and impending trial is potentially the biggest thing that can happen for the Bravo series.

Are you kidding? “Real Housewives” is a TV set about a train wreck – we can’t help but watch the carnage – and it could turn out to be one of the biggest pile-ups in franchise history. And there have been almost 1,500 episodes of “Real Housewives” to date, with all the different players in all the different cities.

“Real Housewives” is all about the drama, and what better drama than when – in the middle of filming – your most controversial actor is handcuffed and arrested, facing allegations that she and her assistant “flaunted their lifestyle lavish to the public as a symbol of their success “as they carried out a fraudulent telemarketing scheme that took advantage of hundreds of” vulnerable, often elderly, working class people “?

(Photo courtesy of Fred Hayes / Bravo) The fallout from the brawl at the surprise birthday party two episodes ago continues to plague Whitney Rose, Meredith Marks, Jen Shah and Lisa Barlow in “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City “.

Sounds like golden notes for Bravo! Don’t you see executive producer Andy Cohen and the Bravo executives jumping up and down and clapping wildly when they hear the news?

To be clear, neither the show’s producers nor Bravo executives have commented on all of this. (This is nothing new. Bravo has a long-standing policy of not releasing any information about the cable channel’s reality shows until a new batch of episodes air.) Officially, they don’t even have to. confirmed which Housewives will be featured in season 2 of “RHOSLC. Unofficially, the six cast from season one are all said to be back, along with at least one newcomer.

(I would have predicted that Lisa Barlow, Heather Gay, Meredith Marks, and Whitney Rose would be likely to return. But, while it’s true that Mary Cosby is back, I’m a little surprised after she’s all but gone by several. Season 1 episodes – and looked like a pretty terrible person when she appeared, most of the time.)

(Photo courtesy of Fred Hayes / Bravo) Jen Shah and Mary Cosby in “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City”.

As for Shah, it’s an open secret that she resumed filming after her arrest in March.

The latest development in the court case is that Shah’s lawyers have requested that the case be dropped. This is not an unusual gesture, and it usually does not work. And it should be noted that Shah has pleaded not guilty.

Shah’s lawyers argue that the indictment “is not at all clear” about how a crime was committed, and the prosecution has mostly refused to clarify. And they’re not happy that prosecutors threw more than 1.3 million documents – along with hundreds of electronic devices – into the mix. “This information cannot be adequately examined over the course of a lifetime,” they argue.

I am not a lawyer, but that seems to be a valid point.

The 57-page dossier contains a lot of legal jargon that will not appear on the show. It boils down to this: Shah’s lawyers claim she hasn’t committed any crime – and they want the charges dropped.

But the case file may give us a glimpse of what we’ll see happen when “RHOSLC” returns for Season 2 – including that Shah wants his post-arrest statements deleted because detectives allegedly lied to him and that ‘she was’ in a very emotional state due to the combination of strange phone calls she received on the morning of her arrest and her history with a convicted felon who had victimized her in New York City.

And giving up her right to remain silent shouldn’t be taken into account, her lawyers say, as her contacts had dried up, her vision was blurry and she didn’t know what she was signing.

THIS IS THE Jen Shah we came to know and love (or hate) in Season 1!

Do not mistake yourself. This is serious stuff. If found guilty, Shah could be sentenced to decades in prison.

But, clearly, that will be the big news for season 2 of “RHOSLC”. Which is, like it or not, Bravo continues to transform into intelligently constructed entertainment. This is the really juicy stuff, and it happens to the most convincing housewife in Utah.

Jen Shah is a lot of things, but she’s not. Her often temperamental demeanor – followed by the inevitable excuses and explanations, sometimes accompanied by abject apologies – drove the series narrative more than any other woman in Season 1. She looks absolutely charming for a minute and angry, resentful. and vindictive the following.

In a recent edition of the “So Bad It’s Good With Ryan Bailey” podcast, compatriot Heather Gay, who has had a top-down relationship with Shah, said, “He’s a star. When you’re in the room with she is magnetic and charismatic.

For the record, my few contacts with Shah let me love him. And, more often than not, sympathize with her.

(Photo courtesy of Bravo) Sharrieff and Jen Shah in episode 10 of “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City“.

Jen has a lot to deal with, but watching her husband, University of Utah assistant football coach Sharrieff Shah, do just that was a surprisingly charming aspect of the series.

Again, I have no legal training and no idea how this is going to turn out. I have no way of knowing if Shah is guilty of anything. For the sake of her family, I hope she isn’t.

And, to complicate matters even further, what about the little old ladies (and men) she’s accused of making fun of?

It will be interesting to see how the producers play this out. They love to create suspense, but it won’t be a surprise when Shah is arrested. And, assuming it goes to mid-October, as planned, that’ll be well after Season 2 production ends. (And maybe even before it starts airing.)

We don’t know when it will be. Season 1 premiered in November 2020, but we’ll have to see if Season 2 follows the same timeline.

Whenever that happens, Season 2 will show us how other housewives are reacting to Shah’s arrest and its aftermath. Like Bravo, this will be their chance to rise above – or sink into – the gutter.

The highway could be a more noble choice for all concerned; getting deeper into the mud will be more entertaining.

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Salt Lake City celebrates Juneteenth

SALT LAKE CITY – Cheers rang out in Salt Lake City, from Washington Square Park to Liberty Park, in honor of Juneteenth.

Saturday was the first time it had been recognized as a federal holiday – a day commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, dating back to 1865.

“We really wanted to take a step back from a rally or a protest and really celebrate what it’s like to be black in America,” said Abena Bakenra.

The day, recently declared a federal holiday, brought people of all ages together with music, food and vendors.

For some, walking and celebrating are a way for them to express themselves.

“Today, I hope my voice speaks and people understand what is happening with people of color,” said Rosette Balati.

Others say they appreciate the chance to come together as a community.

“Our goal is to make it look like you’re driving near a park and you’re like, ‘I would love to have this family. “We are that family,” said Alicea Arnold, co-founder of Strength in Shades.

The events held at both parks drew hundreds of people who showed their support and consulted with vendors throughout the day. Despite the nearly 100-degree weather, participants say it was well worth it to deal with those hot temperatures.

READ: Cox issues proclamation commemorating June 19 as Juneteenth in Utah

Some celebrants say that if they are thankful for the official holiday, this is just the beginning.

“There is definitely so much more for the black community to do, so this is definitely just the start,” said Rosine Nibishaka.

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Why “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah wants her case closed

“Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah has asked a judge to dismiss her telemarketing fraud case, NBC News reports.

Why was Shah arrested?

In March 2021, Shah and Stuart Smith, of Lehi, were arrested “on charges of conspiracy to commit telemarketing-related wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering,” according to Deseret News. .

What did Jen Shah ask the judge?

Shah’s legal team argued in court documents that the charges and indictment against her are “not at all clear,” NBC News reports.

Shah’s camp maintains that prosecutors used “vague language and sleight of hand” in their indictment.

  • “This information cannot be adequately investigated over the course of a lifetime and requires, as we argue below, that the government clarify the charges in a way that this relatively straightforward indictment does not. Shah’s lawyers wrote, according to NBC News.
  • “Nowhere does the indictment allege, as required, sufficient facts to establish that Ms. Shah joined in this alleged conspiracy willfully and with the specific intention of defrauding telemarketing buyers,” they said. writes, according to NBC News. “Thus, this indictment should be dismissed because the facts it alleges, even if considered to be true, are insufficient to substantiate the crimes charged. “

According to USA Today, Shah’s team argued that authorities also forced her to give up her rights to Miranda upon her arrest.

  • According to, “To expressly waive Miranda’s rights, the suspect will state (or sign something indicating) that he is waiving the right to remain silent or the right to have a lawyer present.”

But his lawyers said Shah “did not do it on purpose, but rather as a direct result of the deception and cunning of the law enforcement agencies calculated to overcome his will.”

What’s next for Jen Shah?

It is not known what will happen next in the case. The New York Police Department and the Southern District of New York City attorney’s office did not respond to comments on the matter, according to USA Today. So we don’t know what the judge will do.

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The University of Utah: Celebrate and Reflect on June

June 18, 2021

On the eve of June 17 of this year, we reflect on the significance of June 19, 1865, a day now commemorated as a federal holiday to mark the end of slavery in the United States. As leaders of the University of Utah, we echo the call to use this new national holiday as a day of reflection and action.

While we recognize this important national legislation as a critical step in our country’s work to address our history of racism, we recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done. Our efforts to dismantle systemic racism require continued attention and a strong commitment to fostering this work on our campus.

To that end, the university fully endorses the June resolution of the Utah higher education system which calls on higher education to continue its commitments and actions to advance fairness, justice and accountability. You can read the full resolution from USHE here.

As you reflect on Juneteenth, we ask that you take the time to learn about the ongoing work of our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion team, as well as what Juneteenth means to members of our University community. Both of these resources are available here:

We look forward to celebrating and commemorating this important day in the years to come with programming and events that mark the significance of this event. We encourage everyone at all levels of the university to do the same.


Michael Bon | Acting President

Dan Reed | Senior Vice-President, Academic Affairs

Mary Ann Villarreal | Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Lori McDonald | Vice-President of Student Affairs

Jeff Herring | Human Resources Director

This press release was produced by the University of Utah. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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