Salt Lake City – Upper Sevier http://uppersevier.net/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 19:54:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://uppersevier.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/upper-sevier-icon-150x150.png Salt Lake City – Upper Sevier http://uppersevier.net/ 32 32 Mormon leader calls abuse ‘abomination’ amid political scrutiny https://uppersevier.net/mormon-leader-calls-abuse-abomination-amid-political-scrutiny/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 18:56:15 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/mormon-leader-calls-abuse-abomination-amid-political-scrutiny/ SALT LAKE CITY, AP — Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told members of the faith Saturday that abuse is “a grave sin” that should not be tolerated and would bring down the wrath of God on the guilty.

Although the leader of the faith of nearly 17 million members did not mention it directly, the remarks were the first about abuse by a senior church official since the Associated Press published an investigation into how the church handles reports of sexual abuse when they come to its attention. .

“Let me be perfectly clear: any kind of abuse of women, children or anyone is an abomination to the Lord,” Nelson told members of the faith gathered in Salt Lake City for his conference. half-yearly.

The AP investigation found that the hotline used by the church to report abuse can be misused by its leaders to divert accusations from law enforcement to church attorneys. The story, based on sealed records and court cases filed in Arizona and West Virginia, revealed a host of concerns, including how church officials cited exemptions to mandatory reporting laws, known under the name of clergy-penitent privilege, as a reason not to report abuse.

Since its release, the church has said the survey misrepresents its policies, while highlighting how its teachings condemn abuse in the strongest terms.

The church has historically used its conference to set the tone for its members, reflect on current events, and announce doctrinal changes. Nelson’s remarks on Saturday echoed statements the church has released since the publication of the AP investigation – condemning the abuses, while defending the church’s policies.

“For decades the Church has taken significant steps to protect – especially – children from abuse,” said Nelson, the 98-year-old church president, sitting on a stool behind a lectern in the conference center, imploring listeners to research church politics. themselves.

Nelson described the abuse as an influence from the “adversary,” employing a term the Church frequently uses to describe forces that oppose the gospel and its teachings.

Amid the church’s insistence that the report misrepresents its sex abuse hotline, Nelson also said the “adversary” has worked “to blur the line between what is true and what isn’t.” is not true”.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that Nelson is a prophet.

This weekend’s event, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, is being streamed to members worldwide.

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Utah Radio Community Loses Diverse Voices Champion https://uppersevier.net/utah-radio-community-loses-diverse-voices-champion/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 17:08:08 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/utah-radio-community-loses-diverse-voices-champion/

Salt Lake City diversity force Donna Land Maldonado dies at 78.

(Adam Finkle | Salt Lake Magazine) Donna Land Maldonado in 2010. Maldonado, one of KRCL’s original staffers who later served as chief executive, raising various voices as she rose through the ranks, died. She was 78 years old.

Utah lost a reckoning force on the community radio stage on Sunday.

Donna Land Maldonado, one of the original staff of Salt Lake City station KRCL-FM 90.9 who eventually served as general manager, raising various voices as she rose through the ranks, has died. The Northern Ute tribesman was 78 years old.

“She was willing to do what needed to be done and it wasn’t always easy to do,” said Stephen Holbrook, founder of station KRCL. He introduced Maldonado in July 1979, just five months before the station went on the air in December 1979.

The magnitude of Maldonado’s work at the station, Holbrook said, is even greater when considering the context of the media landscape as Maldonado debuted. His position was originally funded by grants under a federal anti-poverty program introduced by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Holbrook said.

“She was completely new to [broadcasting]“recalls Holbrook. “It was unique to have a Native American woman [on board], [especially at] a time when there weren’t many women in the workplace in general.

Maldonado’s main responsibility was to find various underrepresented groups and recruit people who could be on the air to represent those groups, Holbrook said.

While at the station, she launched several shows, including “Living the Circle of Life”, the state’s only music show dedicated to Indigenous peoples, and “Concerning Gays and Lesbians”, formerly known as ” Gayjavu”, a one-hour show. dedicated to the LGBTQ community. It was the first such program on a regular basis in America for many years, Holbrook said.

Maldonado received significant pushback for this particular program, Holbrook recalled. When she became chief executive in 1998, Holbrook knew KRCL would be in good hands.

“She knew what [KRCL]’s purpose in the community was,” says Holbrook. He will remember her as a dedicated person who was willing to assert herself, even if it was against her nature.

(KRCL) Donna Maldonado at work at KRCL in 2009. Maldonado, one of the station’s original staff members who later served as general manager, raising various voices as she rose through the ranks, has died. She was 78 years old.

For others, like Ebay Hamilton, the current director of programming and afternoon host at KRCL, Maldonado will be remembered as a mentor – someone who pushed those around him to be better. .

He was only 14 when he interviewed Maldonado on a summer youth program, which he heard about while listening to the station with his family. He was a shy kid, and it was his very first interview, so he mumbled, he said.

When Maldonado called after the interview, she said, “I didn’t understand a word you said. I think accepting you as a summer intern would be really good for you.

Later, with advice from Maldonado, the station would offer Hamilton his own radio show.

“I learned so much about radio and working with the community from Donna,” Hamilton said. “I certainly wouldn’t do what I do without her.”

Everyone who worked with her at the station has an individual story to remember her by, Hamilton said.

“She not only acknowledged that she had this opportunity; she made sure others had that opportunity to move forward,” Hamilton said. “She always pushed, always made sure we had diverse voices on air.”

Maldonado has always rooted for the underdog, he said. When she left the station in 2009 and still today, 13 years later, the staff strives to carry on this legacy.

“We know what she wants from us, but we also believe in the importance of doing it,” Hamilton said. “It’s in the spirit of community radio and in the spirit of Donna that we continue to make sure there is a place for marginalized and underserved communities to have the opportunity to be on the air.”

In a 2019 interview for the station’s 40th anniversary, Maldonado spoke about his work at KRCL, saying, “I spent 30 years there, most of my adult life, so KRCL is in my DNA. .”

KRCL plans to air tribute programming honoring Maldonado from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, where stories about him will be shared.

His cause of death was not publicly known Thursday morning. No details on funeral services were immediately announced.

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Salt Lake Co. Democrats call on state senator to resign over harassment allegations https://uppersevier.net/salt-lake-co-democrats-call-on-state-senator-to-resign-over-harassment-allegations/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 23:07:06 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/salt-lake-co-democrats-call-on-state-senator-to-resign-over-harassment-allegations/

SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake County Democratic Party is calling for the resignation of Utah State Senator Gene Davis, who was accused of sexual harassment by former staff member.

The woman was originally an intern for Davis, a Democrat who represents Senate District 3 in Salt Lake City on Utah’s Capitol Hill. She was later hired as a paid staff member for her campaign. She said she had heard of past allegations from other former staffers against Davis, but expressed her concerns about whether to work at Capitol Hill. She said she was harassed while in both positions.

Last month, shortly after the woman shared her allegations via social media, the The Salt Lake County Democratic Party ‘temporarily’ suspended him of any event, committee and activity related to the party. The The Utah State Senate then launched an investigation. in the charges, and the The Utah Democratic Party also suspended him from party activities after he reportedly refused to resign voluntarily at the request of party leaders.

On Tuesday, the Salt Lake County Democratic Party announced that its Judiciary Committee completed an investigation on Sept. 8 and voted unanimously to back the claim that it “violated the party’s anti-harassment policy.” They then recommended to the Executive Committee that Davis be suspended for two years from all official party events and all party support, and asked him to resign.

The executive committee unanimously accepted the recommendation at a meeting held Sept. 12, then forwarded the decision to Davis and the woman who brought the charges against him.

There was a 14-day period in which an appeal could be lodged, but the party wrote in Tuesday’s announcement that it had not received one – so the recommendation went into effect. They officially called for his “immediate and unconditional resignation”, and he was suspended for two years from all party events and support.

“We remain committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment, free from harassment, for all who wish to participate,” the party said in a written statement. “We take our responsibility to provide this environment seriously and will always stand up for those who are harassed, regardless of the identity of the accused.”

Last week, Davis declined to comment when asked by FOX 13 News about the charges against him.

Davis lost his primary election this year to Nate Blouin and will not be in office when the 2023 legislative session begins in January. If he resigns before the general election, the party will choose an interim senator to fill the vacancy until the new senator takes office.

However, an attorney representing Davis released a statement late Tuesday saying he would not resign. He also accused the party of conducting an unfair investigation. He also claims that he appealed the decision, but his appeal was ignored.

The full statement reads as follows:

“The Salt Lake County Democratic Party Executive recently released the results of its internal investigation into the allegations against Senator Gene Davis. The Executive Committee said its investigation was conducted fairly in accordance with its policy and anti-harassment procedure.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. The Salt Lake County Democratic Executive Committee failed to follow the most important procedures in its ‘investigation.'” From the scathing Twitter statement posted by the President Eva Lopez on August 4, 2022, the Salt Lake County Democratic Party Executive Committee has consistently and continuously violated the Democratic Party’s Anti-Harassment Policy procedures, requirements, and restrictions, including but not limited to , the requirement of confidentiality, the right to an impartial investigation and the right to appeal any decision.

“As multiple statements from the executive committee of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party demonstrate, confidentiality was never even contemplated, let alone followed. Further, rather than ensuring an impartial process, the accuser in this case was allowed to sit on the Judiciary and Executive Committee.Contrary to the statement released today by the Salt Lake Democratic Party, Senator Davis did in fact appeal the decision of the Executive Committee in a timely manner, but his appeal was simply ignored by the executive branch of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party There is no check of powers in the Salt Lake County Democratic Party because the same people investigating the allegations are the people who are the prosecutor, the jury and the court of appeal.

“At no time during the Salt Lake County Democratic Party’s investigation was Senator Davis given an opportunity to be heard, a violation of his constitutionally protected due process rights. While the leadership of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party claims to believe in Constitutional protections, in practice they do not follow due process.

“Senator Davis has done nothing to warrant his resignation from the Utah State Senate. Senator Davis will continue to be a fervent voice on Capitol Hill for public education and for health and economic stability. of Utah families Senator Davis is saddened that the Salt Lake County party leaders have continually violated party policies and procedures, but he will continue to tirelessly serve the greats of his district and the State of Utah throughout his tenure, as he has for the past 36 years.”

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FanX Salt Lake City brought epic costumes. Here are our favorites https://uppersevier.net/fanx-salt-lake-city-brought-epic-costumes-here-are-our-favorites/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 22:51:00 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/fanx-salt-lake-city-brought-epic-costumes-here-are-our-favorites/

Everywhere you look there’s someone dressed as their favorite movie or TV character in downtown Salt Lake City right now. FanX, the annual comic book convention in Salt Lake City, is underway — so don’t worry if you see a Spider-Man or Cinderella on the street.

Taking place at the Salt Palace Convention Center, the events kicked off on Thursday, with panels, speakers like Gaten Matarazzo and Grace Van Dien of “Stranger Things,” hundreds of vendors, photo ops and plenty of cosplay.

Even though I wasn’t disguised as anything, I was determined to find whoever did it best on Friday, the second day of events.

Thousands of people, young and old, celebrated their love for fictional characters by going all-in. Some were professionals, like a Daniel Radcliffe lookalike, who was British and dressed as Harry Potter. Meanwhile, others have embraced masks and face paint.

Lots of people have had the chance to dress up together — like the three ladies dressed as witches from “Hocus Pocus” or this family’s “Batman” themed outfits. (They were prepared with poses.)

And one group tried to recreate parts of the Mario universe, featuring Shy Guy and even the carnivorous plants Piranha, although the latter seemed uncomfortable to speak.

While strolling the crowded aisles, Deseret News also came across Waldo, or Waldos, based on the children’s book “Where’s Waldo?”

Meanwhile, on the second floor, Clochette was engaging in conversation with Captain Hook. When asked for a photo, she said yes. Together they posed, with a comical expression that matched their costumes perfectly.

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Real estate market: do the Fed’s rate hikes lower real estate prices? https://uppersevier.net/real-estate-market-do-the-feds-rate-hikes-lower-real-estate-prices/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 19:15:00 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/real-estate-market-do-the-feds-rate-hikes-lower-real-estate-prices/

After announcing another 0.75% hike in its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday amid the Federal Reserve’s fight against inflation, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the U.S. housing market would likely experience a “hard correction” before reaching a “better balance”.

What does that mean?

Well, we already see it. House price increases – in some regions more than others – are stabilizing or even beginning to decline.

“The deceleration in house prices we’re seeing should help bring prices more in line with rents and other real estate market fundamentals,” Powell told reporters on Wednesday. “And this is a good thing.”

But that doesn’t mean it won’t be painful.

“Longer term, what we need is for supply and demand to be better aligned so that house prices rise at a reasonable level, at a reasonable pace and people can afford themselves again. homes,” Powell said. “So we probably have to, in the housing market, go through a correction to get back to that place.”

Powell added: “From a kind of business cycle perspective, this tough correction should put the housing market back into a better balance.”

What does a housing “correction” mean for the West?

Powell’s language on Wednesday gave more insight into what Powell meant in June when he said the housing market needed a “reset.”

There was speculation as to whether this meant the Fed’s goal was to temper buyer demand to give stocks a boost or whether the Fed actually wanted lower house prices, a Fortune reported Thursday, but in the minds of some housing analysts, Powell’s language this week reinforces the interpretation that the Fed’s intention is to depress home prices.

What they say : “Clearly the change in the Fed’s choice of words from June ‘housing needs a reset’ to ‘today’s housing reset actually means a correction’ indicates that they are pretty good with falling real estate prices, slowing home sales and construction pulling back significantly in order to achieve their mission,” Rick Palacios Jr., head of research at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, told Fortune.

The big picture: The COVID-19 pandemic sent the country into a real estate frenzy, driving home prices to unprecedented levels as mortgage rates persisted at times below 3%, fueling demand not only for sales, but also for refinancing.

Now that mortgage rates are above 6%, the party is over. Low mortgage rates no longer mask the impact of these record high house prices on affordability.

Today, the United States faces an affordability crisis it cannot avoid. Enough potential buyers have reached their limit and retreated rapidly in recent months for this to have a dramatic impact on demand.

Real Estate Prices in Utah, Idaho: The impact was rapid and dramatic, especially in the West. Local housing markets, including Boise, Idaho, and yes, Salt Lake City, which have been among the cities to see home prices soar amid the pandemic frenzy, are also now among the first to see the price drop as the frenzy collapses.

From May to August, home values ​​in metro Boise fell 5.26% and in Salt Lake City more than 7%, according to Fortune’s analysis of the Zillow Home Value Index. .

The “chilling effect” in Utah

On Thursday, the Salt Lake Board of Realtors took a closer look at the impact of soaring mortgage rates on home sales and home prices in Salt Lake County.

Real Estate Prices in Salt Lake County: The median price for single-family homes in August was $601,000. Now, that’s still up more than 10% year-over-year from $545,000 in August of last year. But, it’s also down 7.5% from when they peaked at $650,000 in May, according to the Salt Lake Board of Realtors.

Let’s put this into perspective. Single-family home prices in Salt Lake County have increased 63% since the start of the pandemic, from March 2020 to May 2022.

That’s an increase of $250,000 in two years, up from $400,000 in March 2020.

Now those days of rapid price acceleration are over.

Cold effect: “The Federal Reserve’s aggressive rate hikes appear to be having little effect on inflation, but a chilling effect on the housing market,” Steve Perry, chairman of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors, said in a prepared statement. We are selling about 400 fewer homes per month than the 10-year average.

Home inventory on UtahRealEstate.com topped 10,000 homes, a 150% increase from 4,000 active listings at the same time last year, when buyer competition was high and inventory was tight. weak. Now, stocks are at a more balanced level, according to the board.

“The bidding wars are over,” Perry said. “Offers above asking price and waiver of appraisals have ended. Homebuyers have more choices and options when buying a home.

Homes also take much longer to sell. In August, the median number of days a home was on the market in Salt Lake County was 22 days, according to the council. That’s three times longer than a year ago, when the median days on market was just over seven days.

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Audit hits Utah Inner Ports Authority over untendered contracts https://uppersevier.net/audit-hits-utah-inner-ports-authority-over-untendered-contracts/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 22:15:32 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/audit-hits-utah-inner-ports-authority-over-untendered-contracts/

The port’s new management should guarantee the agency greater transparency in its use of public funds, according to the report.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Trucks carrying shipping containers move in and out of the Union Pacific Intermodal Terminal in the Utah Inland Harbor jurisdictional area, as seen Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.

The Utah Inland Port Authority needs better planning and transparency in its spending, according to a limited audit presented to lawmakers on Tuesday.

When the legislature created the Port Authority in 2018, it exempted it from most rules that other state agencies must follow. This includes the contract procurement process. The Port Authority relied too heavily on this exception, according to the audit.

The Salt Lake Tribune previously reported on some of the port’s no-tender contracts, including a multi-million dollar deal with QuayChain, an obscure California company that has few credentials other than his links with the former port manager. Two Utah real estate companies have also been awarded a 30-year contract for a proposed transshipment center, with the port shelling out millions to lease the land and pay contractors to build the facility. The site remains vacant land, but the port has been paying rent there since January 2021.

The port authority has issued 43 contracts so far with 29 suppliers, according to the audit. A whopping 81% of these deals have never been tendered.

“This reduces transparency,” adds the audit report, “and can foster an environment in which public resources are not sufficiently protected.”

More offers with high price tags are revealed

The Port Authority’s revenue comes from statutory appropriations and property taxes collected in the Port area, which is primarily in the northwest quadrant of Salt Lake City. He also secured up to $150 million in bonds after forming a public infrastructure district last year.

The Port Authority’s budgets are vague, offering few clues about where all of its public funds go. But the audit revealed at least two previously unknown deals.

Just over $8 million was spent on a lease-purchase payment for the “Stadler Rail test track”. No other details about this project were included in the report. The test track is a rail spur south of Interstate 80 and west of 5600 West that the Port Authority wants “to expand manufacturer rail access south of I-80 and [to] improve rail traffic in the region,” according to a person hired to manage public relations for the port.

The Port Authority also signed a $10 million contract with “NWQ, LLC” to build a road at 700 North. Road projects are usually funded by developers, the audit observed. The Port Authority has paid $4.6 million on this deal so far.

“We have reviewed the available documents to understand why [the port authority] pays the entire road construction bill,” the audit report noted. “We have not been able to obtain enough evidence to make a decision.”

Other expensive items listed in the report include $2.4 million spent renting the vacant transshipment site and $500,000 paid to build a computer network.

“While these decisions may prove prudent,” the audit report states, “we are concerned about the significant financial commitments made with public funds before a development master plan has been drawn up and all options have been considered. be considered”.

QuayChain exceeded its $2 million untendered contract by $1.7 million, and report auditors raised questions about the relationship between the company’s CEO and the port’s former chief executive, Jack Hedge.

“This contract is an excellent example of the need for board oversight and review of contracts,” the audit report adds. “…A fundamental concern with engaging in sole-source contracts is that decisions about how or why certain companies were hired can be difficult to defend.”

The audit further struck the chord for its lack of timeliness, metrics, and proper accountability with its contractors.

Efforts to improve surveillance

Despite all its dealings and spending, the Port Authority has few notable accomplishments or projects.

Apparent frustration at the lack of movement in the port prompted lawmakers to shake down authority earlier this year. A reorganized and streamlined Board of Directors was sworn in this spring. MEPs immediately commissioned the legislative audit. They also hired Ben Hart as their new executive director.

Most of the audit’s findings probably came as no surprise to the port’s new management, which has already implemented many of its recommendations.

The board has become more involved in the procurement process, for example, putting many major Port Authority spending projects on hold and updating policies. Hart has pledged to complete a master plan to better guide investments in the future. The board also formed an audit committee this month to improve internal controls.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the Port Authority thanked the Office of the Legislative Auditor General for its recommendations, adding that staff supported the review.

“We are grateful for this audit,” Hart said in the release, “and its role in bringing substantial update to [the port authority’s] organizational policies and procedures.

Read the full limited audit report below:

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StoryCorps in Utah: How to Record Your Story in Salt Lake City, Ogden https://uppersevier.net/storycorps-in-utah-how-to-record-your-story-in-salt-lake-city-ogden/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 23:55:00 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/storycorps-in-utah-how-to-record-your-story-in-salt-lake-city-ogden/

Late last week, an Airstream trailer pulled up in a parking spot on West Temple in downtown Salt Lake City and hasn’t moved since.

Normally, the caravan would have already received a hundred parking tickets, but that didn’t happen, all because of the big red letters painted on the side: StoryCorps.

Anyone who knows what StoryCorps stands for knows you don’t turn down its iconic mobile van when it comes to your town, let alone give it a quote or tow it.

It may not be able to fix inflation or drought, or bridge the rift in Washington, but it can help restore your faith in humanity.

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The concept behind StoryCorps is so simple, so basic, when you hear it, you think, “No, it’ll never work”:

Two people who know each other sit in a recording booth and have a 40-minute conversation on the subject of their choice. When they’re done, they receive a copy of the recording, and another copy is sent to the Library of Congress for safekeeping in perpetuity.

That’s it. It’s StoryCorps. The goal is to get people – anyone and everyone – to share their stories with the world, thereby preserving the heartbeat and history of humanity.

David Isay, the New York-based radio producer who came up with the idea, certainly wasn’t betting his house would go anywhere when he set up a small recording booth in New York’s Grand Central Station in 2003 and invited passers-by to enter. .

It was an experiment to see if anyone might be interested. In New York no less. Would people even make eye contact, let alone stop for 40 minutes to have a conversation?

Telling the StoryCorps story, Isay admits, “I had no idea if it would work.”

But it worked. Four people recorded their conversations that day at Grand Central Station, and there was a queue behind them.

Thus encouraged, Isay invested himself body and soul in the expansion of StoryCorps. In 2005, two Airstream mobile booths – precursors to the one parked on West Temple – were launched in Washington, D.C. That same year, StoryCorps stories became a regular part of NPR’s national “Morning Edition” show. The popularity of these segments spawned a StoryCorps podcast, featuring stories based on StoryCorps conversations. In 2015, a StoryCorps app was created to allow people to record their oral histories from the privacy of their own mobile phone.

As a result, in less than 20 years, StoryCorps has registered over 600,000 people and deposited over 300,000 registrations with the Library of Congress. This is the largest collection of human voices – and stories – ever assembled.

Hosted by KUER, NPR’s Utah affiliate, the StoryCorps mobile booth will remain in downtown Salt Lake City until September 24, then move to Ogden for a two-week stay, September 26-October 7, before moving on to Las Vegas. .

Utah StoryCorps’ first on-site taping was on Thursday, September 8, the day the Airstream arrived in town. KUER invited acclaimed local writer Shannon Hale (author of “Princess Academy,” “Austenland,” and dozens of other published books) to have the inaugural conversation.

Shannon chose her husband, Dean, to be her interview partner. Not knowing exactly what they would talk about, they ended up spending their 40 minutes discussing their relationship and their love for each other.

Then they talked about “what a cool experience it was”.

“I didn’t think we were that interesting,” Dean joked.

Shannon confessed that she hadn’t heard of StoryCorps when KUER called.

Thinking it was a media event, the first question she asked was, “What do they want from me?”

Just a conversation, he is told.

“I found out they don’t want anything from you,” she says, “they want you to get something out of the experience.”

Alas, Dean and Shannon were unable to record their session inside the Airstream. COVID-19 restrictions rendered the mobile cabin unusable until mask-wearing disappeared completely. Instead, StoryCorps Salt Lake conversations are recorded inside the Museum of Contemporary Art in West Temple – as the Airstream sits on the pavement in front like a marquee.

In Ogden, the Airstream will be parked outside the Weber County Library at 2464 Jefferson Ave. Recordings will take place inside the building.

Six conversations will be recorded each day that StoryCorps is in Utah. To see if a slot is available, you can head to KUER.org, but be warned that you’ll likely be put on a waiting list as StoryCorps fans started lining up as soon as the Airstream made its grand entrance on West Temple. Everyone has a story, and StoryCorps has shown that there’s no shortage of people who would love to tell us theirs.

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EPA announces $63 million in federal funding for Utah drinking water https://uppersevier.net/epa-announces-63-million-in-federal-funding-for-utah-drinking-water/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 02:10:02 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/epa-announces-63-million-in-federal-funding-for-utah-drinking-water/

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced $63 million in federal funding to help improve water infrastructure in the state, including drinking water.

More than $50 billion has been allocated to the EPA by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act. This funding helps provide clean, safe and reliable drinking water to communities across the country.

“This bipartisan Infrastructure Act funding will support unprecedented investments in wastewater treatment and drinking water infrastructure in Utah communities,” said EPA Regional Administrator KC Becker. , in a press release. “These projects will create jobs and upgrade and expand the water supply systems that keep our rivers clean and our water safe to drink in every corner of the state.”

Federal funding to help clean water

The grant is the first major distribution of money for water infrastructure from the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

“We are grateful for the leadership of Senator Romney and everyone who has worked to make this critical funding a reality,” Kim Shelley, director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, said in a statement. hurry. “Much of Utah’s water and wastewater infrastructure has reached or exceeded its useful life. We are also facing drought and rapid growth. And communities are struggling to meet the high cost of major infrastructure projects. Funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act will enable these communities to not only meet short-term needs, but also plan for a water-resilient future.

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Water issues: Contamination at Sunset, Pleasant Grove; flooding in Salt Lake City https://uppersevier.net/water-issues-contamination-at-sunset-pleasant-grove-flooding-in-salt-lake-city/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 04:52:17 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/water-issues-contamination-at-sunset-pleasant-grove-flooding-in-salt-lake-city/

A Salt Lake County Health Department worker takes water samples Feb. 18, 2019. Both Sunset City and Pleasant Grove experienced water contamination issues on Wednesday. Residents of these areas should be careful before drinking tap water. (Silas Walker, Deseret News)

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SUNSET — Some Utahns across the state are experiencing water issues — from contaminated drinking water to flooding.

Residents of Sunset and Pleasant Grove should exercise caution before drinking water from their taps, as each town flushes the water system to remove contaminants.

Overfluoridation of Drinking Water in Sunset City

On Wednesday morning, staff from the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District-Central discovered a malfunction in the fluoride feed station responsible for injecting fluoride into the main Sunset pipeline. The malfunction started the day before and caused too much fluoride to enter the system.

Many cities in the United States safely use small amounts of fluoride in water to help prevent tooth decay. Some people who drink water with fluoride levels above the EPA’s maximum contaminant levels (4 milligrams per liter) for many years may develop bone disease, according to a city statement. Drinking water that contains half the fluoride limit can cause children under the age of 9 to develop brown spots or pitting on their still-forming adult teeth over a fairly short period of exposure.

According to a city press release, Sunset City staff members immediately began collecting samples and flushing the water system. Three of the eight samples tested were above the EPA’s maximum limit for fluoride contaminant levels, between 6 and 13 mg/L. After flushing the system, almost all samples showed safe fluoride levels. The city continues to flush and test the water in the affected area and will provide public results that residents can find at sunset-ut.com.

The Utah Drinking Water Division recommends Sunset residents and business owners flush each faucet used for drinking or bathing water for 3-5 minutes, flush water from service lines appliances, discarding ice and water used for pets, and reporting any strange or unpleasant tastes. , odors or post-rinse discoloration in town. And if anyone experiences negative health symptoms after drinking the water, they should contact their health care provider.

Flooding in Pleasant Grove has compromised the water line

Meanwhile, heavy rain on Wednesday compromised one of Pleasant Grove’s water lines. According to a Facebook post from the city, some residents have experienced cloudy water, and the city is warning residents not to drink or use contaminated water.

A city crew will repair the pipeline and evacuate the contaminated water from the system overnight and hope to fix the problem by morning.

Flooding at Skyline High closed school early

The Granite School District released Skyline High School students early due to heavy rain. The neighborhood tweeted that although flooding at the school is a normal occurrence during periods of heavy rain due to drainage issues and a leaky roof, there has been unusual flooding of the auditoriumresulting in the cancellation for the day of all extracurricular activities that would have taken place there.

After hours of hard work, maintenance crews at Granite Fix It have managed to clean up the excess water, which means the school should be open and back to normal on Thursday morning.

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Jenny Rollins is a Utah-based freelance writer and former KSL.com reporter. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University.

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SLCC renames School of Applied Technology to Salt Lake Technical College https://uppersevier.net/slcc-renames-school-of-applied-technology-to-salt-lake-technical-college/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 12:23:12 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/slcc-renames-school-of-applied-technology-to-salt-lake-technical-college/

Underserved groups face many barriers to applying to college. For some, it may be English skills or daunting placement tests. For others, lack of documentation on previous studies from their country of origin or time constraints. Degrees also take years to earn, and even attending a college campus can be scary.

Then there is the price.

What if there was a way to provide more flexibility in terms of admission requirements, course options and costs?

That’s what Salt Lake Community College had in mind when it renamed its School of Applied Technology Salt Lake Technical College.

The goal is to integrate technical skills into the college curriculum and help students advance or enter the workforce. Programs include certifications in healthcare, information technology, truck driving, and machining. These trainings would be spread over six campuses – South City, Jordan, West Valley Center, Westpointe Center, Taylorsville Redwood and the Miller Campus in Sandy.

The school also offers Contextual English as a Second Language courses, suitable for technical programs with vocabulary related to various industries.

“A lot of higher education institutions started paying attention to it a long time ago,” said Deneece Huftalin, president of Salt Lake Community College. “I actually think universities are starting to think about that too, is that the processes we put in place were for very privileged people,” like assuming high school records are readily available to everyone.

In this technical school, the admission process is not standardized but based on individual interviews with future students and some programs are taught in two languages. It’s also cheaper, with subsidies from the state, employers, and private scholarships.

“The more global our world becomes and the more refugees we support, the more flexible we need to be about how we assess knowledge and what it is. [Whether it is] lived experience versus book knowledge,” Huftalin said. “And how can we give you credit for this lived experience? »

This change has an immediate impact on communities on the west side.

Attending the college’s West Valley Center often meant enrolling in general education or ESL classes, and then, once students got wet, they transferred credits to learn a technical trade on campus at Taylorsville Redwood.

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Now, given the upcoming addition of a major University of Utah hospital complex in West Valley City, there is enough reason to ramp up short-term health care programs at this center to students who wish to become certified practical nurses, physician assistants or licensed practical nurses.

“We’re going to start trying to do everything we can in this center in these community neighborhoods so that the workforce is developed as the hospital comes out of the ground,” Huftalin said. “So now you don’t have to leave your neighborhood.”

Courses that were previously uncredited now qualify for technical credits. “We’re going to make sure,” Huftalin said, “that we align and add programs that have been underdeveloped over the years.”

Salt Lake Technical College continues the mission of the former School of Applied Technology. At the Westpointe Center, the diesel lab looks like a workshop with trucks, engines, transmissions and brakes. Students learn basic and advanced engine, electrical and hydraulic systems.

Students from all types of backgrounds attend the technical school. In the diesel systems technology class, for example, new high school graduates and mechanics with years of experience learn or hone their skills.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Clint and Jared Layton work in a Diesel Systems Technology course at Salt Lake Community College’s School of Applied Technology in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. SLCC is renaming the school to Salt Lake Technical College.

When Clint Layton, 45, had to take a break from working as a small engine mechanic due to health issues, his 17-year-old son Jared, who was following in his father’s footsteps and started studying to be a mechanic, suggested that he joins the program.

Now Clint is not only helping Jared in the shop with systems he already knows, but also preparing himself for other work opportunities, incorporating truck engines into his resume.

“That’s pretty cool. When he was in high school, I didn’t spend much time [together with him]”, Clint said. “And now I see it every day.”

From class to workplace

After completing the program, alumni typically have a variety of jobs to choose from and often earn around $23 an hour after earning a year-long certificate, said Jeff Mulligan, Diesel Systems Technology Coordinator at SLCC. .

“There will be diesel mechanics in the workshops; they will work on heavy equipment [such as semitrucks]”, Mulligan said. “…They will be qualified to go out and work on a lot of things there as far as in the diesel industry.”

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Instructor Jeff Mulligan and student Alvaro Huizar work in a diesel systems technology class at Salt Lake Community College’s School of Applied Technology in Salt Lake City on Thursday, September 8, 2022 SLCC renames the school to Salt Lake Technical College.

That was Alvaro Huizar’s intention when he entered the program a few months ago: to work in the automotive industry, an interest he acquired at Taylorsville High School.

“Coming from a family that has been in construction all my life, I wanted to try something different because the physical labor in construction is hard,” Huizar said. “I wanted something that didn’t give you a lot of weight, something a little more laid back but still practical because I’ve always wanted to do hands-on activities.”

But in order for people to sign up for these types of programs, they need to be aware of it – and that’s a challenge that SLCC is trying to overcome.

For every student who has discovered and enrolled in a technical course, there are three or four others in the community who are unclear about opportunities to enter and obtain financial aid for their studies, said Jennifer Saunders, dean of the new Salt Lake Technical College.

The college also communicates with employers to determine hiring needs and to connect students with jobs. For those who want to learn contextual vocabulary in other languages, there are also accelerated basic Spanish courses that rotate from campus to campus throughout the year.

The name change “is an embellishment of this communication”. said Saunders. “But it’s also a new commitment to serve marginalized and vulnerable populations.”

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Clint and Jared Layton work in a Diesel Systems Technology course at Salt Lake Community College’s School of Applied Technology in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. SLCC is renaming the school to Salt Lake Technical College.

People in underserved communities often work a few part-time jobs and earn just enough to cover essentials, Saunders said. The fastest way to change career prospects is to learn a technical skill and be immediately placed in a job.

“It quickly launches a career trajectory, that there’s progression and then there’s advancement and there’s healthcare and there’s an emotional component that’s hard to quantify,” Saunders said. “But it’s very real.”

Hybrid programs, with virtual and on-campus options, also help students with smaller, more flexible class sizes.

“We don’t lose sight that if you haven’t been a successful student or you’ve had bad experiences or your language is still developing, a college campus is pretty daunting,” Saunders said. “So we’re really strategizing and debriefing with the students.”

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

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