Provo – Upper Sevier Sat, 01 Oct 2022 08:02:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Provo – Upper Sevier 32 32 Teenager’s ‘Honest Cooler’ Business Says Relaxing By Town | News, Sports, Jobs Fri, 30 Sep 2022 23:40:37 +0000

Courtesy of Cesar Valentino

An “Honest Cooler” protected by a metal covering is displayed in a Facebook post.

It’s not always easy to be an entrepreneur, especially for a child trying something for the first time while wanting to help others.

Adults, rules and laws often get in the way of something that seems simple enough. And adults who just “business as usual” portray themselves as dream destroyers.

Ask Neveah Valentino.

Somewhere between a small free library and a children’s lemonade stand was teenage Neveah’s self-managed business – the Honest Coolers.

In the summer of 2021, these coolers were installed at trailheads in a few locations, such as the popular Rock Canyon hiking area in Provo. She had the support of her father, the entrepreneur Cesar Valentino.

The coolers offered bottled water and snacks with an honor system for hikers and nature lovers who needed food along the trails. The items cost $1 each. The Valentinos checked the coolers several times a day.

A number of arid hikers have taken advantage of honest coolers, and in a few cases, coolers have proven useful for people who are sick or overheated.

Since that summer, and the one that just ended, the coolers were confiscated at the trailheads by the town of Provo, leading to many discussions over several months between the Valentinos and town officials.

Cesar Valentino thinks Honest Cooler should have been protected by Utah law.

“The bottom line is that Neveah’s Honest Cooler business operation is protected by Utah SB 81, at least throughout Provo Parks & Recs’ property,” Cesar said. “Furthermore, allowing super pedestrians (scooters) to market Provo Parks trailheads in the name of ‘transportation’ and denying honest Neveah coolers to serve water and snacks at trailheads trails in the name of “that’s not what food vendors belong to” is a clear violation of his corporate civil rights to have the same operating privileges granted to him by Chapter 7 of the Code of Utah Civil Rights, which states that all businesses must have equal opportunity to operate.

He argues that his daughter’s business is being fired and discriminated against at the same time contracted businesses – motorized scooters – are available at the trailheads.

It seems the difference is a business license and a contract with the city.

“Neveah’s business is a small food kiosk that cannot operate in private food areas as it is specifically designed to operate as outdoor vending machines. The town of Provo has yet to prove that the outdoor community prefers trailhead scooters to food and water, while Neveah’s cooler has proven that not only food and water options at the trailhead are sought after by the outdoor trailhead community, but a necessity,” said César Valentino.

Cesar Valentino thought Neveah might have a cooler next to the skate park at the Provo Rec Center, but said Parks and Rec director Scott Henderson told them Provo was not allowed to operate for-profit businesses on-site due to the general tax-free bond bond that built the facility and surrounding areas.

The Valentino’s request was denied at the Recreation Center, just as it was at the trailhead.

According to Cesar, Henderson lamented during a meeting between Henderson and city attorney Brian Jones that Neveah didn’t come to see him first before voicing the coolers and concerns on social media. Henderson, according to Cesar Valentino, said he really liked the idea.

The Valentinos pushed the issue with several city employees, including Mayor Michelle Kaufusi and Economic Development Director Keith Morey. Kaufusi turned the matter over to Jones for investigation and to serve as the city’s contact with the family.

“We don’t allow daily sales from private companies across our system of parks and facilities and we won’t in this instance,” Henderson said.

It looks like Neveah, who was 15 when it all started in 2021, and her father will continue to take legal action over the matter.

If they were to keep trying to sell from the Honest Cooler without a license — when told they can’t — they could be fined and potentially up to six months in jail, according to Morey.


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Racist comments made at Utah high school girls’ football game under investigation Thu, 29 Sep 2022 03:33:45 +0000

SALEM, Utah — The girls of the Provo and Salem Hills soccer teams were playing overtime Thursday night when the referee called a foul, one of the Provo team captains said.

“We were about to kick but then our guard started shouting, ‘They’re shouting racist comments, they’re shouting racist comments,'” she said.

The captain of the team, who did not want to reveal her identity for fear of being targeted, therefore went to see the referee and told him to stop the match.

“They say, ‘It’s because she’s black’ after the foul is called,” she said.

Last Thursday’s game wasn’t the first time Salem Hills fans were racist toward Provo athletes. Last February, fans were videotaped making racist taunts at a women’s basketball game.

“They were making racist remarks during the basketball game towards me and my other teammates of color,” the team captain said. “It frustrates me a bit that everyone has to go through this.”

The Nebo School District is investigating racist comments made during a women’s soccer game last Thursday.

While they wouldn’t reveal their identities for fear of being targeted, one family spoke with FOX 13 News reporter Jenna Bree about what happened that night on the grounds.

This time the racism was not directed at her daughter, but the team captain’s mother is heartbroken to see it happen again, she said.

“Provo High School is probably the most diverse high school in Utah County,” she said. “And I think that’s why when we played Salem Hills, we made sure we were there, just in case something happened.”

“We can confirm that a foul was called on a Salem Hills High player and the crowd was vocal about the call. Administration and the referee visited the crowd and spoke to the crowd to be positive,” read a statement from the Nebo School District. .

Our schools and district do not tolerate any inappropriate behavior or racist comments. We will continue to educate and work with our students on appropriate behavior.

SHHS had proper supervision for the large homecoming crowd.

The SHHS administration immediately apologized in case there was any inappropriate behavior.

“The administration of both high schools is working together to continue this investigation,” the statement said. “We take all allegations seriously and hope others will come forward if they know any additional details.”

The Provo School District sent the following statement to FOX 13:

“We are aware of the reported situation that occurred during the Provo High School Girls’ Football game against Salem Hills last week. We have been in contact with the Nebo School District and Salem Hills High School as “They are investigating the incident and will continue to work with them as they continue their process. We are grateful for the collaborative effort of Nebo School District and Salem Hills High School as we work together. on this investigation. We take any allegation of this nature very seriously and are committed to doing what we can to ensure that these incidents do not occur again in our schools.”

First look at the lineup: Stanford Cardinal Tue, 27 Sep 2022 15:51:23 +0000


Head coach: Rob Koll (second season)

Assistants: Enock Francois, Grant Leeth, Ryan Deakin

End of 2022 NCAA Tournament: 19th

2022 NCAA Tournament Points: 31.5

2022 NCAA Tournament record: 10-10

End of Pac-12 Tournament 2022: 3rd

Double record 2022: 5-4 (conference 3-2)

Returning National Qualifiers: Jackson DiSario, Jaden Abas, Shane Griffth, Tyler Eischens, Nick Stemmet

Returning All-Americans: Jaden Abas, Shane Griffith

Last NCAA champion: Shane Griffith (2021)

Highest NCAA team ranking: 11th (2011)

Highest NCAA team ranking under Koll: 19th (2022)

Most winners under Koll: 2 (2022)

Stanford’s projected composition for 2022-23

125: Nico Provo, FR

133: Jackson DiSario, JR

141: Jason Miranda, OS

149: Jaden Abas, SO

157: Charlie Darracott, SO

165: Shane Griffith, JR

174: Tyler Eischens, J.R.

184: Brook Byers, FR

197: Nick Stemmet, SO

285: Peter Ming, OS


The second season of the Rob Koll era begins after building Cornell University into a national wrestling powerhouse. His success with the Big Red (two finalists, five team trophies and 15 top 10 finishes) has many wondering if he can do something similar at Stanford. The program has never tasted a top 10, so it would be a good place to start as Koll builds on the success of returning national champion and two-time runner-up Shane Griffith. Stanford has the No. 5 overall recruiting class, so the Cardinal should be on an upward trajectory. The program was nearly scrapped after the 2021 NCAA Championships, but Koll’s hiring shows Stanford is serious about building a successful wrestling team.

125: Nico Provo, FR

Provo will likely be the starter after taking a year off. The Green Farms Academy (Connecticut) star had a stellar high school career that included two national prep titles and three New England Prep School championships. Time will tell if Provo is ready for the demands of a college season, but there is optimism about his potential and his future at Stanford. Wyatt Richter and Suhas Chundi will compete for the spot.

133: Jackson DiSario, JR
2022 review: 19-10

DiSario missed the 2022 NCAA championships after qualifying at 125 pounds each of the previous two years. Last season featured a third-place finish at the Reno Tournament of Champions after a tough schedule that included losses to Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix and Cornell’s Vito Arujau. Kyle Rowan will push DiSario after dealing with a series of injuries.

141: Jason Miranda, OS
2022 review: 7-7

Miranda drops to 141 pounds after spending the previous two seasons at 133. He competed in the Pac 12 Championships in 2021 and is expected to be the starter this season after sitting behind DiSario last year and replacing Real Woods who was transferred to Iowa. Chayse LaJoie will likely wear a red shirt but could see action with new rules that allow freshmen to compete in a handful of early-season varsity competitions.

149: Jaden Abas, SO
2022 results: 19-9
2022 NCAA Tournament record: 1-2

Abas will be a focal point in the lineup as Stanford continues to gain ground. He finished seventh at the 2021 NCAA Championships before qualifying for the 2022 tournament. This San Diego native has a very entertaining style and can go with anyone in the loaded 149-pound field. A return to the national podium is crucial as the Cardinal moves up the national pecking order. Abas has all the tools to make it happen.

Jaden Abas defeated Michael Blockhus at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational 2021

157: Charlie Darracott, SO
2022 review: 18-12

Darracott had a decent year but did not qualify for Nationals despite finishing third at the Pac-12 Championships. Eight of his losses were four points or less, so there’s proof he can be competitive at weight. Freshman Daniel Cardenas — the No. 23 overall rookie of 2022 — isn’t necessarily behind Darracott but, for now, he’ll be redshirted. The new redshirting rules allow Koll to see how he performs before deciding which wrestler will start at the end of the season.

165: Shane Griffith, JR
2022 report: 19-5
2022 NCAA Tournament record: 4-1 (2nd)

Griffith is the team’s heartbeat after winning the 2021 NCAA championships and reaching the Finals in 2022. His 17.5 points at the nationals were more than half of the team’s 31.5 total — so a another deep run is needed for this team to make an ascent. His biggest win of last season was an 8-7 NCAA Tournament semifinal win over Cal Poly’s Evan Wick – an opponent he lost to three times during the season. That weight got tougher with the addition of Iowa State’s David Carr and Princeton’s Quincy Monday. True freshman Hunter Garvin (rookie No. 15 overall) will wear a red shirt but weigh up to 165 pounds after ending his high school career at age 152.

Shane Griffith earned an 8-7 semifinal win at the 2022 NCAA Championships

174: Tyler Eischens, J.R.
2022 review: 20-12
2022 NCAA Tournament record: 1-2

Well, we know that Eischens is capable of putting points on the scoreboard. His 13-12 first-round win over Ohio State’s Ethan Smith at the Nationals proved that. Eischens has dropped his next two, so a few more wins will help the Cardinal cause. The Anoka, Minnesota native qualified for the COVID-cancelled 2020 National Championships at 157 pounds but will continue to hold the 174-pound spot for Stanford after winning the Pac-12 Championships.

184: Brook Byers, FR

Nick Addison is the returning starter after posting a 3-7 season record, but a new face will likely be in the lineup this year. Freshmen Brook Byers, Jack Darrah and Luke Duthie will all be vying for the spot. Byers is just a guess since this spot is really up for grabs with no clear favorite.

197: Nick Stemmet, SO
2022 review: 21-12

Stemmet is a returning domestic qualifier from 2021 but missed out last season. He’s faced a handful of the weight’s top wrestlers and suffered big losses to all five. The Yorkville, Illinois native has gotten bigger, better and stronger this offseason and should add stability to the roster. The team will need him to do great things over the next two seasons as Stanford continues to grow.

285: Peter Ming, OS
2022 review: 12-14

Ming added 30 pounds this offseason, so Koll expects that translates to more wins in 2023. Arizona State at the conference. Qualifying for the Nationals would be a big step for the sophomore Cardinal.

What will be the Cardinal’s place in the NCAA?

Looks like Stanford is a year away from making a breakthrough. Griffith and Abas offer stability and NCAA championship point potential, but there are too many unknowns to accurately predict where this team will end up. Provo should be a solid addition to the team and there are quality options at 184 pounds. It all depends on who will be in the red shirt and who will be in the lineup for the post-season tournaments. Koll has talent, but some of it could be on display next season. Another top 20 in 2023 will keep the Cardinal on pace for a potential top 10 in the future.

Healing Hearts and Nurturing Souls Sat, 24 Sep 2022 04:50:56 +0000

PROVO, Utah – There’s a lot of history with BYU football.

Saturday’s game against Wyoming in Provo will bring back some of that history. Not for former BYU players, but for former Wyoming players.

“Overall, their story is amazing,” said BYU senior Elisabeth Ahlstrom.

It’s a story that many people may not know, which is why BYU journalism students made a documentary about it. They call it The Black 14.

“It definitely exploded way bigger than we imagined,” Ahlstrom said. “It’s a story that I think needs to be told.”

The Black 14 refers to 14 Wyoming football players who, in 1969, planned to protest their game against BYU by wearing black armbands. It was during the Civil rights movementand players criticized that black people were not allowed in the priesthood of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other racial issues.

The Wyoming coach found out about their plan and kicked them all off the team. It was a move that shocked them.

“I think what they went through is incredibly moving and incredibly touching,” said Abby Gunderson, a BYU official who helped make the documentary. “That was priority number one, just making sure we were accurately describing their experience and really their feelings.”

BYU journalism students visited 11 states in 10 days to interview former players.

The premiere and screening of the documentary took place on the BYU campus on Friday evening.

Two members of the Black 14 were there. They are proud of what they stood for back then. They are equally proud now of the reconciliation between them and the Church.

“We have to pay it up front. We have to pay it forward. And those people have been so nice,” said Mel Hamilton, one of the Black 14.

Now the Black 14 and the Church have teamed up to donate food to food banks across the country. It’s a coalition that players never thought would happen.

“It’s quite emotional, actually,” said John Griffin, member of The Black 14. “Not in my wildest dreams. nobody cares.

It proves that sometimes history can help change the future.

“When we come together to help other people, that’s when we’re going to be truly united and that’s when we’re going to do the most good,” Gunderson said.

The Black 14 will light the Y in Y Mountain ahead of Saturday’s game. They will also be honored in BYU’s game against Wyoming.

President Lund to BYU: Faith-Filled “Flashes of Light” Thu, 22 Sep 2022 14:36:08 +0000

PROVO, Utah — Reflecting on his experiences and how his testimony has accumulated, Young Men General President Steven J. Lund shared faith-based thoughts with University students and staff Brigham Young during a devotional on September 20.

“Faith and belief are complicated things,” President Lund said. “We cannot judge one another for what we do, don’t know and don’t believe, for testimony comes only by the gifts of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit are, after all, donations.”

This earthly life was designed by our Heavenly Father for His children to exercise faith, holding back a few pieces of the “sophisticated puzzle of mortality” to ensure they could do so, President Lund said.

This explains why, he added, things don’t always make sense.

President Lund said he finds his testimony much like the “reason for hope” (1 Peter 3:15) in him, as “a composite panorama of countless flashes of light through an otherwise earthly veil impenetrable”.

A flash of light in Asia

While on a business trip in Asia, President Lund noticed the morning darkness as he drove from the airport. Crossing a bridge, the walls on either side blocked his view, but after crossing he turned around to see boats on a large body of water.

The realization brought up the question in itself as to how he knew to look back. He remembered that the walls of the bridge had cracks that had lit up as he passed.

“I knew what was there before I knew that I knew. And I would have missed the wonder of it all if I hadn’t turned to look,” he said. Just like this situation, there will be flashes of light throughout life, he explained, but they must be acknowledged.

“Life often presents itself as an unceasing gray wall stretching toward nowhere, but here and there, if you watch them, flickering assurances of God’s love for us will become evident,” President Lund said.

Young Men General President Steven J. Lund speaks during a Brigham Young University church meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah.

Photo by Brooklynn Jarvis Kelson/BYU

A flash of light in Frankfurt

Another flash of light for President Lund came while he was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, for the United States Army. Joining the army, in itself, was a flash of light for him; he received an incentive in the temple as he sought future guidance after his mission to the Netherlands.

As a young soldier stationed away from home, family home evenings for Church and his young single adults were “a highlight” of his week. One day, he was working late and missing the carpool for his family home evening group of young single adults. The discouraged soldier decided to return home, but instead felt guided by the Spirit to navigate the “spider’s web” streets to the apartment building and the group’s exact door.

“I opened the door, the most amazed 23-year-old in the Church,” President Lund recalled. “Our Heavenly Father had sent a ray of light that replaced my bewilderment with wonder.

A flash of light in his family

President Lund recounted a flash of light that came later in his life when his son, Tanner, returned from a painful football game. Proving to be cancer, Tanner had to deal with a lot more pain throughout his battle with the disease.

One night, Tanner woke up with extreme pain in his head. President Lund and his wife tried to comfort him, but to no avail. Suddenly, Tanner said, “They say I’m supposed to go into the kitchen and sit on the couch. What Tanner did. The next morning, an oncologist said the problem was probably due to a blockage, preventing cerebrospinal fluid from draining.

The only way to get relief was to do exactly like Tanner. President Lund asked, “That made sense, but what were the chances that 12-year-old Tanner would understand that? And, who were “they?” »

A flash of light in Georgia

While serving as mission leaders in the Georgia Mission in Atlanta, President Lund and his wife, Sister Kalleen Lund, received a call from a missionary who had a stomach ache. Not expecting to say this, especially with her limited medical knowledge, Sister Lund told the elder that he had appendicitis and needed to go to the hospital.

Twice ER workers found nothing wrong, but the elder insisted he had appendicitis at the time of Sister Lund’s diagnosis. After finally identifying the problem, the elder underwent surgery. The surgeon said if it had been five minutes later, the missionary might have lost his life.

“In the kingdom of God such stories of faith abound. But miracles rarely happen. To see them, we may have to ‘turn around and look,’” President Lund said.


Young Men General President Steven J. Lund speaks during a Brigham Young University church meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah.

Photo by Brooklynn Jarvis Kelson/BYU

A flash of light in California

“A flash of light commemorated in our family history involved my young mother driving alone in 1958 from California to her grandmother’s funeral in Arizona,” President Lund said.

After hearing a voice ordering her to pull off the road and stop immediately, she obeyed just before a narrow ravine bridge and in time to see two tractor-trailers come around a bend towards her, pass each other and take the two ways.

President Lund noted that sometimes individuals can be turned away from the majesty of the gospel because hard things happen. “College life is designed, especially here, to take you to the wall where you will have to fight to grow. The doctrines and practices of the Church, and indeed the challenges of our lives, are not always accompanied by explanatory notes. But if we are faithful observers of the workings of the Spirit in our lives, we can still better respect the miracles that illuminate the tapestries of our testimonies and find the courage to move forward in enlightened faith.

The meaning of flashes of light

It references 1 Nephi 17:23-46 when Nephi reminds his family of God’s flashes of light.

President Lund said the sacrament is available weekly—a miracle in itself—as an opportunity to renew covenants with the Lord.

“The gentle, saving flashes of healing light that warm our souls in sacrament meetings are a miracle deeper than even the parting of the Red Sea, more than a soldier guided to a sanctuary, an angel commandeering a telephone to saving a missionary, a sacred whisper leading a child out of pain, Saul finding the Savior on the road to Damascus, a gift from Oxford finding the Savior on the road to Whipsnade or even then the divine throwing of stars and planets in their orderly rotations,” President Lund said. .

Whether big or small, there are flashes of light to be noticed throughout life. There is “evidence [of] a pattern of the veil that lets out light as the Savior pierces it tirelessly to bless His own,” he said.

strength for students

Many students who attended the devotional said they felt their own “flashes of light” as President Lund spoke.

Music education student Rebecca Hilton said she understands that even though it’s not yet clear, “God will give us just enough when we need it, so we can go on and have faith in Him.” … We don’t have to know everything.

In the future, Hilton plans to write down her personal flashes of light moments to look back on those moments, so they won’t be forgotten.


Young Men General President Steven J. Lund greets students after a devotional at Brigham Young University Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah.

Photo by Brooklynn Jarvis Kelson/BYU

During the devotional, psychology student Liam Gannon wrote of his goal to recognize more of God’s hand in his life. “There are so many things we know, but we don’t realize we know them,” he said.

Horticulture student Mariah Richey said at President Lund’s devotional that she had a revelation when she linked her lyrics to a song she wrote when she was 16. The song spoke of the stars as holes in the sky, placed there by God to shine light from heaven. Although she did not fully understand her own words at the time, she now feels that President Lund’s thoughts “have added clarity,” helping her reflect on her own life and wonder why certain events have happened. occurred.

‘Angels’ block anti-LGBTQ hate near BYU Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:05:19 +0000
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In response to threats from an anti-LGBT protest by the RaYnbow Collective’s “Back to School Pride” event welcoming LGBT BYU students at the start of the school year, several people donned angel wings to separate the negativity from the event.

In the end, says Ryann Combe, who was photographing the event, love won out.

“Protesters showed up with hate but like I was capturing everything. I can fully tell you love wins in the end,” she wrote on Instagram alongside the photos she took. are held hands and built a human chain full of love to block out such negativity.The angels emerged just before our beautiful drag performers performed – preventing hate from emerging in the open space and sure that was built.

Utah County conservatives were spurred into action when the ultra-conservative online magazine The Federalist publicized the group’s event, focusing on children and the risque names of some of the drag performers.

“A Utah nonprofit is sponsoring a ‘Back to School Pride Drag Extravaganza’ on Saturday featuring performers whose names sound like ‘anal leak’ and ‘genitals’ when pronounced,” began the story. “The Provo-based LGBT group ‘RaYnbow Collective’ promotes the performance as ‘ALL AGES, Family Drag Show’ on its flyers. The RaYnbow Collective did not respond to The Federalist’s request on how the organization can guarantee that the show will be “family friendly”.

The group’s social media posts about the event were awash with hateful comments and threats of borderline violence.

RaYnbow Collective organizers edited social media graphics to remove ‘offensive’ names, but the swell against the event was too advanced. The group decided to go ahead with the event, notifying Provo police of the threats against them.

About 100 protesters showed up at the event, shouting homophobic epithets, “pedophile,” “groomer,” holding up anti-LGBTQ+ signs and shouting quotes from the Book of Mormon at attendees.

During the week leading up to the event, BYU officials threw out the group’s brochures for incoming freshmen that contained LGBTQ+ resources after initially agreeing to include them in a welcome pack. The group promised that new leaflets would be distributed when the school year resumes.

Organizers told the press that the event aims to connect students with LGBT-friendly businesses, organizations and resources.

“[The event is] truly inclusive, so we encourage members of the Provo community to come join us. Anyone who is queer is welcome, anyone with gay family members, or if anyone is just curious to come see,” said Maddison Tenney, Founder and Executive Director of the RaYnbow Collective. “We’ve worked really hard to make sure it’s safe with Provo Police and it’s truly family friendly.”

Over the past year, countless protests against similar “family drag shows” have sparked elements of far-right groups opposed to equality and LGBTQ+ people, most of which have been spurred by the infamous Libs of TikTok account targeting the LGBTQ+ community.

Angel suits are a famous strategy used by friends of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in 1999 when the two men accused of killing him went on trial. Shepard, 21, was beaten, tortured and left hanging from a wooden meadow fence in October 1998 after being attacked for being gay. Shepard died six days later.

The Angel Action Wings project blocked signs held by members of the Westboro Baptist Church led by Fred Phelps who demonstrated outside the Albany County Courthouse in Laramie, Wyoming with signs saying ‘God hates people. queers”.

Several groups have since replicated the display, including at the funeral of victims of the Orlando, Florida mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in 2016.

“Religion has been weaponized against the queer community for a long time,” Tenney told the Salt Lake Tribune. “But this must stop. I believe there is nothing more divine than who I am as a queer child of God.

BYU Women’s Volleyball No. 15 sweeps the Utah Valley | News, Sports, Jobs Sun, 18 Sep 2022 03:45:43 +0000

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BYU’s Heather Gneiting (2) and Eden Bower throw a block against Utah Valley in a women’s varsity volleyball game on Saturday September 17, 2022.

PROVO, Utah — Erin Livingston notched a team-best 10 eliminations and helped No. 15 BYU Women’s Volleyball close its non-conference roster with a 3-0 victory (25-16, 25-15, 25-20) over Utah Valley at Smith Fieldhouse on Saturday night.

“I loved the way we prepared and played this week,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said. “I liked the way we performed tonight and at Utah on Thursday. It was great to bounce back from those tough road games last week.

Livingston’s .381 hitting performance was complemented by nine kills and a .562 clip from Eden Bower. Heather Gneiting continued to show her dynamic game registering eight kills to go along with three assists and a solo block. Whitney Bower powered the Cougar offense with 30 assists and five kills.

Kate Grimmer led the team with 11 digs for the game, while Whitney Bower, Aria McComber and Kelsey Knudsen threw 23 digs combined. As a team, BYU recorded 43 kills to UVU’s 32. The Cougars hit .316, while holding the Wolverines at .163.

BYU controlled the game from start to finish, allowing Olmstead to play with a wide variety of personnel. Freshmen Hannah Billeter and Briley Decker saw their first career action for the Cougars on Saturday night. Rookie Kate Prior also got in on the action, recording an assist kill and block.

The Cougars and Wolverines went back and forth early in Set 1, until two blocks from Gneiting and two aces from Alyssa Montoya helped the BYU Spring lose on an 8-0 run. A kill by Whitney Llarenas extended BYU’s lead to 10 at 18-8. Whitney Bower stacked it as she dropped the ball over the net for her second kill of the night and pushed the Cougars lead to a 19-9 high.

In a key crowd-pleasing streak, Bower and Knudsen played plumbers, digging in UVU attacks and clearing the way for an Elyse Stowell kill that gave the Cougars a 20-11 advantage. Kate Grimmer hammered the ball down the line with a fierce kill that put the set at 25-16 in favor of the Cougars. BYU set the tone early with 14 kills, three aces and just one service error in the opening set.

The Cougars led the entirety of Set 2 after a relentless barrage of casualties gave them eight unanswered runs. Livingston left his mark on the match in the opening moments of the second set by scoring four of the team’s top eight.

The BYU defense came out strong with combination blocks from Llarenas and Grimmer as well as Gneiting and Eden Bower. Moments later, Billeter walked in and helped kill Whitney Bower. Llarenas followed that play when she found herself and sent the ball crashing into the UVU side for a 20-11 lead.

The Bower sisters ended the set with back-to-back eliminations as BYU took a 25-15 victory. As a team, BYU combined 14 kills on just three errors, hitting .333 with six blocks in the second set.

The Cougars held off a spirited third set from the Wolverines. UVU would cut BYU’s lead to two at 9-7 and 12-10 before making a final run that cut Cougar’s lead to 21-18. Four BYU errors kept the Wolverines close.

The Cougars overcame errors with kills from Whitney Bower, Gneiting and Stowell. Eden Bower would slam the door on the board with two straight kills that gave BYU the 25-20 win. The third set saw BYU record 15 kills against three errors and hit a game-high .353.

BYU opens West Coast Conference play with two home games next week. The Cougars host Loyola Marymount on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. MDT, then take on No. 22 Pepperdine at 1 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Smith Fieldhouse. Both games can be watched live on the BYUtv/BYUtv app.


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Utah’s unemployment rate remains stable; departmental rate at 1.8% | News, Sports, Jobs Fri, 16 Sep 2022 23:06:40 +0000

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The administrative offices of the Utah Department of Workforce Services are pictured Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Salt Lake City.

Utah’s unemployment rate for July 2022 was 2% for the fourth consecutive month, according to a report released Friday by the Utah Department of Labor Services. In Utah County, unemployment was flat at 1.8% in July, similar to June, and down from 2.2% at the same time last year.

About 35,500 Utahns are unemployed, according to the report, keeping Utah’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 2.0%, compared to the national unemployment rate in August, which rose two tenths. percent to 3.7%.

“This month’s economic data continues to hold up in the face of the national dialogue on inflation and other economic headwinds,” Mark Knold, chief economist at the Department of Workforce Services, said in a statement. “Employment data nationally and in Utah is strong and shows hiring remains strong. The national unemployment rate has risen slightly, but when those rates are as low as they are now, small upward moves are not seen as a concern. Utah’s rate was unchanged at 2.0%. This is the fourth month in a row that Utah’s unemployment rate has been 2.0%.

Total non-farm employment for the MSA of Provo-Orem increased from 290,200 in August 2021 to 303,400 this year, an increase of 4.5%. The goods-producing sector saw the largest total increase in employment, rising from 50,500 jobs in August 2021 to 54,500 jobs in August 2022, an increase of 7.9%.

Eight of Utah’s top 10 private-sector industry groups posted year-over-year net job gains over the past year, led by trade, transportation, utilities, l education and health services, construction, recreation and hospitality.

Only two sectors have experienced job contractions over the past year, including financial activities with a loss of 2,500 jobs, and professional and business services, with a loss of 600 jobs. However, Utah’s private sector employment still recorded a year-over-year expansion of 3.7%, an increase of 50,800 jobs.

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for the month of August has increased about 3.4% over the past year, adding a total of 54,400 jobs statewide since August 2021. The Utah’s job count currently stands at 1,673,200.

Utah County has the fifth-lowest unemployment rate in the state behind Summit, Morgan, Juab, and Cache counties. According to the most recent estimates from the US Census Bureau, Utah County has a population of 684,986 people, more than triple the four counties with lower rates combined (205,322 people).

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BYU football: How much is Oregon paying the Cougars for a ‘payday’ game? Wed, 14 Sep 2022 21:45:00 +0000

BYU’s football game against No. 25 Oregon at Autzen Stadium on Saturday will be historic, and not just because the Cougars haven’t been to Eugene, Oregon, since 1990 — the year Ty Detmer won the Heisman Trophy. but lost 34-16 to rival QB Bill Musgrave and the Ducks.

This will almost certainly be the last time BYU plays what is called a “cash game” or “payday game” or, as it did when Utah State went to Alabama two weeks ago and lost 55-0, a “body bag game”. .”

“What comes to mind when you think of the Ducks is the ‘wow’ factor. You are delighted to be here. They have a culture there, which has always existed in college football. It’s just, ‘wow.’ It’s, ‘dang, I want to play against them. I want to play with them. ‘” – BYU cornerback Kaleb Hayes

It’s gambling as the Cougars will receive $1.1 million for making the trip, according to the official playing contract signed in 2015 (as reported by Matt Brown’s Extra Points newsletter). Oregon won’t be heading to Provo for the foreseeable future, so it’s not the typical home deal BYU has played as an independent college footballer for the past 12 seasons.

When the Cougars accepted the game in 2015, athletic director Tom Holmoe said Oregon had an opening in its 2022 schedule “and the circumstances were right” for BYU.

“We hope to develop a long-term relationship with Oregon,” Holmoe said at the time.

According to the contract, the ranked teams showdown (1:30 p.m. MDT, Fox) will be run by a Pac-12 crew and the replay review officials will also be from the Oregon conference.

Aside from 2020, the year of COVID-19 when everything was scrambled, BYU generally pays one set of money per year. This year, the Cougars will pay Utah Tech $425,000 to play at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Nov. 19.

Next year, BYU will pay Southern Utah $475,000 to play Sept. 9, 2023, in Provo. The contract was originally for $425,000, but BYU is paying SUU an additional $50,000 to move the game to that date from its original November date.

As of midday on Wednesday, some 2,000 tickets remained available for Saturday’s game at the 54,000-seat Autzen stadium. On Monday, new Ducks coach Dan Lanning called on Oregon fans to create home-court advantage.

“I know they’re going to be stronger, more intense, next week,” Lanning said. “I think it’s the kind of game where the Autzen crowd can have a big, big impact in the game.”

Oregon quarterback Ty Thompson celebrates a touchdown with running back Byron Cardwell (21) and wide receiver Josh Delgado (83) during a game Saturday Sept. 10, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon. Flashy uniforms always create a buzz around the Ducks program.

Andy Nelson, Associated Press

Meanwhile, BYU players and coaches have expressed excitement about playing a historic program in its home venue.

“What comes to mind when you think of the Ducks is the ‘wow’ factor. You’re thrilled to be here,” said BYU cornerback Kaleb Hayes, a former Oregon State player. “They have a culture there, which has always existed in college football. It’s just, ‘wow.’ It’s, ‘Dang, I want to play against them. I want to play with them.

Hayes said Oregon’s colorful and creative jersey combinations are always the talk of college football.

“You know, I’m jealous,” he said. “I always used to say that at Oregon State we used to get Oregon helping hands, which made us play a little bit better, made us have a chip on shoulders and made us play a little harder. No, I like Oregon. Like I say, I’m a fan. I like it.”

BYU Safety Malik Moore is also a big fan – of Oregon’s uniforms.

“Same thing – jerseys,” Moore said, when asked the first thing that comes to mind when he thinks of Oregon. “I keep it real. Jerseys, you know. Oregon is obviously a good team. But we go into the game like it’s another game. We don’t go into games fearing anybody. … It’s just another game for me. But whenever I think of Oregon, I just think of the cool uniforms.

Cougars on air

No. 12 BYU (2-0) vs. No. 25 Oregon (1-1)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. MDT

Autzen Stadium

Eugene, Oregon

TV: Fox

Radio: KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM

No. 12 BYU prepares for test drive against No. 25 Oregon Tue, 13 Sep 2022 06:49:45 +0000

PROVO, Utah – The highs of victory over Baylor are now in the rearview mirror of BYU football No. 12 as they focus on the Oregon Ducks.

Going into Saturday morning at Autzen Stadium (1:30 p.m., FOX, KSL NewsRadio), Oregon’s No. 25 is a bit of a mystery.

Oregon descended on Atlanta to open the season and were crushed by defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs, 49-3. Then last Saturday, the Ducks showed off the high-flying firepower people typically associate with Oregon.

Oregon scored 70 points on FCS powerhouse Eastern Washington. The jury is still out on what Oregon is like under freshman coach Dan Lanning. But as BYU coach Kalani Sitake would tell you, this Oregon program is not to be taken lightly. Oregon enters the game by many screening services as a favorite over BYU, despite the Cougs’ higher seeding.

No shortage of talent on the Oregon roster

“I’m just watching Oregon in a movie – a great team with a lot of talent. You look at this coaching staff, I know a lot of the coaches personally, and the ones that I don’t know have great reputations in football and training,” Sitake said. “So I know from watching the movie, they’re coached well. They made a huge improvement from week one to week two in their level of execution. … To mark [70 points] in a team like [Eastern Washington]it’s hard and well practiced, it holds our attention.

To highlight the talent of the Ducks, Oregon ranks 7th in the 247Sports Team Talent Composite rankings. Oregon has five 5-star rookies and 47 4-star prospects on the roster. By comparison, BYU is 107th.

BYU’s trip to Autzen Stadium on Saturday will be the first visit to Eugene since 1990. The last time BYU was at Autzen Stadium, the Cougars were riding high, ranked No. 4 in the polls after wins over No. 1 Miami and the Washington State, before collapsing into an unranked Ducks team coached by Rich Brooks.

BYU will look to avoid a similar fate on Saturday afternoon after picking up its first victory over a Top 10 team in Provo since that victory in Miami.

“You come back to it,” Sitake said after passing the heights of Baylor’s victory. “We have a group of veterans used to the weekly routine of football, and you recover from it and you learn.”

BYU football teams put Baylor win in rearview mirror

It’s a similar message that BYU football players shared Monday during the weekly press conference.

“You can’t sit on your wins for too long,” BYU linebacker Ben Bywater said. “We are going to enjoy it for 24 hours, but then we go back to the drawing board on Monday morning. It was a huge win, and it will be a memory for me and Cougar Nation for a long time, but it’s about Oregon this week.

Sitake’s group is one of the most experienced teams in college football this season. Many of the top contributors to this BYU team were part of the perfect 5-0 run the Cougars had against Pac-12 teams a season ago. But that doesn’t seem to be a motivation for Sitake’s crew.

“I don’t think anyone thought about it until you said so,” Sitake told KSL Sports. “I didn’t even think about it. Our team doesn’t think like that. We’re just happy to play another game. I’m not going to get into all the side stories and stuff like that. We are going to focus on this game, this opponent, this week and what we see in the film is a really talented football team with very high quality coaching staff.

KSL Sports will be in Eugene, covering the Top 25 clash between BYU and Oregon. KSL NewsRadio’s extended pregame will begin at 10 a.m. (MT) from Eugene.

No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon

Location: Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Oregon)

To start up: 1:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)


Radio: KSL NewsRadio (102.7 FM, 1160 AM – Extended pregame starts at 10 a.m.)

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.