Salt Lake City – Upper Sevier http://uppersevier.net/ Tue, 17 May 2022 19:38:15 +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 Salt Lake streetwear and sneaker store seeks help after devastating burglary https://uppersevier.net/salt-lake-streetwear-and-sneaker-store-seeks-help-after-devastating-burglary/ Tue, 17 May 2022 16:07:29 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/salt-lake-streetwear-and-sneaker-store-seeks-help-after-devastating-burglary/

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SALT LAKE CITY — After a devastating recent burglary, the owner of a streetwear and sneaker store is asking for help to stay open and catch those responsible.

Austin Tate said around 11:30 p.m. on May 1, a surveillance camera captured two burglars breaking the glass front door and entering Eastside Hype at City Creek Center.

“Not only did they take the clothes, but they took the money we had for our consignees which was put away – of which we only take 10%, so do the math – and then a cashier’s check for a good sum cash, and then our cash deposits for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” Tate said. “We don’t even have enough inventory to earn the amount of money we need to support our employees. and our costs of everything.”

Tate said the family business had to close for several days to restock and reopen. It was open on Monday afternoon, although Tate admitted the store still looked thinned out compared to its usual appearance.

Although it was the first time in City Creek, the burglary was apparently not the first for Eastside Hype – which had been located, until December, on 200 South near 300 West.

“We had a string of burglaries at our last location – like three of them in 10 days, I think,” Tate said of the crimes, which happened last year.

Tate said he believes the same suspects may be responsible for all the heists, in part because the disguises look somewhat alike. In the latest robbery, he said they probably should have walked several hundred yards down the street and bypassed many other stores to target his.

Austin Tate says a surveillance camera captured two burglars breaking the glass front door and entering Eastside Hype at City Creek Center on May 1, 2022.
Austin Tate says a surveillance camera captured two burglars breaking the glass front door and entering Eastside Hype at City Creek Center on May 1, 2022. (Photo: Austin Tate)

It was a blow to the shop, which was the brainchild of Tate as he turned his life around.

“I was incarcerated for a couple of years, got out in 2017. (I) went through addiction and stuff and had this idea,” Tate said. “I went to LA and saw the culture around Fairfax and Melrose and all the people were drawn to it and obviously I was in love. Here if you like that stuff you gotta go, and I just kind of wanted to create an outlet for creatives and influencers and fashion enthusiasts — people who were into that stuff.”

Tate said the move to City Creek was great and it was amazing to see his idea of ​​a store placed next to the national brands that surround it.

“It was great, really,” he smiles.

He said he just didn’t know how to make ends meet in the short term between employee salaries, repairs and repair for those who offered products in his store on consignment. Tate has created a GoFundMe* account in the hope that the community will continue to support the store during a difficult time.

“What can you do?” he shrugged. “It’s stressful because I don’t know if we’re going to lose this place or anything, you know what I mean? I hope for the best, obviously.”

Anyone with information about the recent or previous theft targeting Eastside Hype at its previous location has been asked to contact Salt Lake City Police at 801-799-3000.


* Disclaimer: KSL.com has not verified the accuracy of any account information provided, nor does KSL.com ensure that monies deposited will be applied for the benefit of those named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit or donation, you should consult your own advisors and proceed otherwise at your own risk.

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Salt Lake City police arrest man in fatal State Street stabbing case https://uppersevier.net/salt-lake-city-police-arrest-man-in-fatal-state-street-stabbing-case/ Sun, 15 May 2022 19:41:15 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/salt-lake-city-police-arrest-man-in-fatal-state-street-stabbing-case/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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🌱 Does SLC have the highest rental prices in the country? + No more school walkouts https://uppersevier.net/%f0%9f%8c%b1-does-slc-have-the-highest-rental-prices-in-the-country-no-more-school-walkouts/ Sat, 14 May 2022 02:52:00 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/%f0%9f%8c%b1-does-slc-have-the-highest-rental-prices-in-the-country-no-more-school-walkouts/

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


First, today’s weather forecast:

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


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

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

Today in Salt Lake City:

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

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

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Salt Lake woman admits selling fake COVID test results to airport travelers https://uppersevier.net/salt-lake-woman-admits-selling-fake-covid-test-results-to-airport-travelers/ Thu, 12 May 2022 18:39:17 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/salt-lake-woman-admits-selling-fake-covid-test-results-to-airport-travelers/

A Salt Lake woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to selling false negative COVID-19 tests to travelers at Salt Lake City International Airport in 2021. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to selling false negative COVID-19 tests at Salt Lake City International Airport.

Linda Tufui Toli, 28, pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Toli’s potential prison term will likely range from zero to three months, according to a pre-plea statement from Toli filed Wednesday.

Toli used his position at a company called XpresCheck — which offered testing for COVID-19 at airports — to hijack XpresCheck’s business and sell the counterfeit coronavirus tests for his own profit, according to the plea statement. The scheme took place between July and September 2021, which included Toli’s sale of “counterfeit negative COVID-19 test results to air travelers for under-the-table payments,” the plea statement said.

Initial billing documents indicate that Toli would intercept calls from travelers trying to schedule COVID-19 tests. Toli would then cancel their appointments via XpresCheck and instead sell travelers the counterfeit negative test. Prosecutors accused Toli of knowing the tests were bogus.

Toli would ask travelers to send money directly to him through apps like Cash App and Venmo, depending on the upfront fee. She then explained to travelers how to upload the fake results online in order to be allowed to fly.

Toli specifically pleaded guilty to the underlying allegations in the wire fraud count, which alleged that Toli asked a traveler to send him $200 via Venmo in early September. Toli admitted to sending a “forged test result even though I knew (the traveler) had not actually been tested for COVID-19 by XpresCheck,” according to the plea statement. Toli also admitted to telling the traveler how to upload the form to a government website so the traveler could visit Hawaii.

The charge against Toli was highlighted in a nationwide law enforcement effort announced by the US Department of Justice in April that was aimed at cracking down on fraud related to COVID-19.

Toli, who is not being held in jail while her case is pending, is due in court in July for her sentencing hearing.

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Police identify victim found dead in South Salt Lake https://uppersevier.net/police-identify-victim-found-dead-in-south-salt-lake/ Wed, 11 May 2022 00:33:45 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/police-identify-victim-found-dead-in-south-salt-lake/

SOUTH SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A man was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds outside a WinCo supermarket in South Salt Lake around midnight Tuesday morning.

The victim, later identified as 27-year-old Romero Charles Stevens, was found at the intersection of Main Street and West Utopia Avenue (approximately 2200 South).

READ: Pipe bomb exploded outside South Salt Lake restaurant

South Salt Lake Police are trying to identify the suspect(s) in this case. Later the same day, they posted photos of a car they believe may be involved. The car was a dark blue Chevrolet Impala, estimated between the years 2014 and 2020.

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Police said they believe the occupants of that vehicle were known associates of Stevens, but they hope to find out exactly who they are. Their age is estimated between 18 and 35 years old.

The Impala was last seen Monday evening around 10:15 p.m. She was leaving Winco’s parking lot through the southwest exit on Main Street, where she then headed south.

Anyone who may know the driver and/or passenger(s) of the Impala, or have any other information on the case, is asked to call 801-840-4000 or email -email to nheile@sslc.gov.

Stay with FOX 13 News live and online for the latest developments in this groundbreaking story.

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Bee attack makes good progress after slow start https://uppersevier.net/bee-attack-makes-good-progress-after-slow-start/ Mon, 09 May 2022 02:31:53 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/bee-attack-makes-good-progress-after-slow-start/

SALT LAKE CITY –Salt Lake’s offense shakes off a slow start to the season as pitchers continue their strong performance for the second-place Bees.

After opening a nine-game homestand by winning two of three games against the visiting Round Rock Express, Salt Lake hosted the struggling Tacoma Rainiers in town for a six-game series.

After losing Game 1 in a 13-11 slugfest, Salt Lake won four straight games for the first time since Aug. 13-16, 2021. The two teams combined to score 49 points in the final two games of the series ; a wild 13-12 Bees victory that ended with the season’s second starting error.

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After scoring 10-plus points just three times in their first 24 games, the Bees scored in double digits three times in their six-game series against the Tacoma Rainiers. The addition of former top prospect Jo Adell to the roster after his early-season struggles with the Angels has resulted in less playing time at the big league level.

In his first two games with the Bees Adell 4-9 with a double and a homer while scoring three runs and collecting two RBIs.

Adell seems to take the demotion with ease as he sees his time with the Bees as a chance to play everyday, “I’m a player. I’m ready to go. I plan to play most games here, no doubt. So go ahead and chase it.

Salt Lake entered the weekend ninth in the PCL with 20 homers this season, any power was welcome. With warming weather, Salt Lake bats matched park temperatures as Bees hitters combined for 10 long balls in the final three games of the series.

David MacKinnon (5) hit a pair of big flies on Friday for his second two-homer game of the season. MacKinnon is batting .407 in the first week of May. His seven RBI, nine runs scored and 11 hits all lead the Bees for the month.

Brendon Davis (5) won all three games over the weekend, officially emerging from his slow start to the season after receiving his 2021 Angels Minor League Player of the Year award before the series opener.

Matt Thaiss (3) had a solo shot on Saturday to go along with a seventh-inning Grand Slam that kicked off Saturday night’s comeback. Finally, Jake Palomaki (1) made his Triple-A debut for Salt Lake on Sunday and finished with an eighth-inning home run in a late-inning Bees comeback that ultimately fell through.

As a team, Salt Lake hit .321 in May with 58 runs scored, each good for second-best in the PCL behind Round Rock. The Bees’ 10 homers in May are third in the league. Salt Lake outscored its opponents by 43 carries this year, 34 carries better than the division-leading Las Vegas Aviators.

Valdez dazzles

For the second time this season, Cesar Valdez, 37, finished a full nine innings scattering eight hits while allowing just one run in an 8-1 win for the Bees on Thursday, May 5.

Valdez previously earned PCL pitcher of the week honors when he limited Reno to five hits and two runs in his first full game of 2022 on April 22.

Valdez is 4-1 this season with a 3.03 ERA. Averaging nearly one strikeout per inning with 34 punches in 35.2 innings thrown, Valdez was a master of the strike zone while walking fewer batters than games started, 4:5.

Bee pitching coach Jairo Cuevas couldn’t hold back his praise when speaking of Valdez: “What Cesar Valdez is able to do on the mound is impressive,” Cuevas said. “Him on the mound as a competitor is amazing. There is no situation that would take him out of his comfort zone.

Las Vegas Airmen

Las Vegas sits in first place in the PCL West division with a 17-13 record. Leading the Bees by one of thirty games played, the Aviators will enter the series with Salt Lake on a two-game winning streak after winning four of the Sacramento River Cats’ six games last week.

The Bees and Aviators shared a six-game series in Salt Lake in Week 2 of the 2022 season.

Las Vegas features a pair of top prospects for the Oakland Athletics in wide receiver Shea Langeliers and infielder Nick Allen.

The No. 2 ranked prospect in System A is Langeliers and his big league power has lit up the scoreboard in recent weeks. In his last ten games, Langeliers has five homers and ten RBIs, including a two-homer performance against Tacoma on April 30. homers (11), runs scored (24) and RBI (24).

Allen made his major league debut in late April where he appeared in eight games for Oakland, including seven starts between second base and shortstop.

In 16 games with the Aviators, Allen is batting .266 with just two extra base hits and just three runs scored. He had trouble on base paths as indicated by five stolen bases.

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Jhonathan Diaz was called up to make his third major league start on Friday, May 6. Originally slated to start in Salt Lake on Friday, Diaz found he would take the major league mound instead and he rose to the occasion. Diaz allowed three hits while walking four, but managed to hold the Washington Nationals scoreless in five innings.

Diaz wasn’t the only Bees pitcher to make an appearance with the parent club this week as reliever Kyle Barraclough pitched two shutout innings, allowing just one hit against the Nationals on Saturday.

On the bridge

Salt Lake opens a six-game series against Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 10. Each Tuesday-Saturday game is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. (MST) with Sunday morning for a first pitch at 1:05 p.m. (MST). All Bees games can be streamed on The Zone Sports Network and Bees tickets can be purchased at slbees.com.

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Illinois trucker found not guilty of sexually assaulting Salt Lake City woman https://uppersevier.net/illinois-trucker-found-not-guilty-of-sexually-assaulting-salt-lake-city-woman/ Sat, 07 May 2022 16:26:01 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/illinois-trucker-found-not-guilty-of-sexually-assaulting-salt-lake-city-woman/

A jury trial for John Redmond, an Illinois trucker charged with sexually assaulting a woman who worked as an escort in Salt Lake City was held this week at the Matheson Courthouse. The jury has determined that Redmond is not guilty and he will be released from prison. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — An Illinois trucker charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Salt Lake City is released from jail after a jury ruled Friday after a four-day trial that he was not guilty.

John Henry Redmond, 37, was charged in late 2019 with two counts of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of object rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping, all first-degree felonies and one count obstruction of justice, a second degree felony. The jury decided that Redmond was guilty of a lesser offense instead of aggravated kidnapping and convicted him of unlawful confinement, a Class B misdemeanor.

The jury received the case Friday morning, after hearing closing arguments, and deliberated until around 8 p.m. At one point, they asked the court what would happen if they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict.

“Mr. Redmond has been in jail far longer than the maximum sentence for unlawful confinement,” 3rd District Judge Vernice Trease said.

She handed down a sentence, minutes after the verdict was read, of 180 days in jail and awarded Redmond the time he has already served. Trease said they would send a release order to the jail on Friday evening.

The accuser claims she met Redmond while working as an escort and was paid $200 for an hour of companionship, but refused any sexual advances when he offered her an additional $800 for sex. She said that after that he threatened her with a gun and sexually assaulted her.

The woman said during her testimony at the jury trial that she agreed to what he was doing because she was scared.

“I was scared…I didn’t want to die,” she said.

She explained that as an escort, she only provided companionship and returned “tickles” but did not have sex with clients. After her interaction with Redmond, the woman said she left her escort position.

According to trial testimony, Redmond made a video of the woman where she said the actions were consensual, and walked her to her car. The woman later went to the hospital and told authorities she had been assaulted.

Redmond testified at the jury trial, answering questions from his attorneys and prosecutors. He and his lawyers denied having had a gun or using it to threaten the woman. For a brief part of the trial, Redmond decided to represent himself so he could claim that a video presented in evidence was fake, then asked his lawyers to represent him again.

Assistant District Attorney Brandon Simmons argued that even in the version of the story told by Redmond, he could be charged with sexual assault, meaning it was not a “he said against her” situation. said”. He told the jury that Redmond knew his actions could be considered sexual assault, but he acted anyway.

“His hour is $200, not his body,” Simmons said.

He argued that detectives not finding a gun does not mean a gun did not exist and that Redmond would have had time to hide a gun. He asked the jury to find Redmond guilty on all counts.

Katherine Conyers, one of Redmond’s attorneys, said in her closing arguments that escort agencies often feature provocative photos and give false information. She said escorts frequently provide “enhancements” to earn more money and the government is aware of this as they demand STD tests. for commercial licenses.

She said the escort agency was hiding information, but Redmond was not, he was open about what he was looking for and gave the woman accurate information.

Conyers pointed to inconsistencies between the story the accuser told different police officers and inconsistencies in her trial testimony. She told the jury that the woman was threatening to report him if he didn’t pay the $800 he had promised.

“It’s all about the money,” Conyers said. She said Redmond not paying “wasn’t right, but it’s not rape.”

She told the jury that Redmond was guilty of unlawful confinement, for forcing the woman to stay and making a video when she wanted to leave, but that he was not guilty of aggravated kidnapping or sexual assault. . The jury agreed with Conyers after reviewing the evidence.

Emily Ashcraft joined KSL.com as a reporter in 2021. She covers court and legal affairs, as well as health, faith and religion news.

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Egnyte Expands Presence with Opening of Salt Lake City Office | State News https://uppersevier.net/egnyte-expands-presence-with-opening-of-salt-lake-city-office-state-news/ Thu, 05 May 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/egnyte-expands-presence-with-opening-of-salt-lake-city-office-state-news/

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Utah leaders see decline of Great Salt Lake, decide what can be done to save it https://uppersevier.net/utah-leaders-see-decline-of-great-salt-lake-decide-what-can-be-done-to-save-it/ Tue, 03 May 2022 22:45:40 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/utah-leaders-see-decline-of-great-salt-lake-decide-what-can-be-done-to-save-it/

SALT LAKE CITY — Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson took lawmakers and state officials on a boat tour of the Great Salt Lake, drawing attention to the urgency of its decline.

“It’s hard to appreciate how low it is when you haven’t seen it,” she said in a subsequent interview with FOX 13 News.

They left from an almost empty marina. Most of the sailboats have been removed because the water levels are so low. The boats headed for Antelope Island, then Stansbury Island. Along the way, representatives from the Utah Department of Natural Resources answered questions about the Great Salt Lake and its importance to the entire northern Utah ecosystem and what a lake is. in decline means for the future of the state.

“I think one of the things that impressed me the most today is how much the Great Salt Lake impacts everything we do in Utah,” Lieutenant Governor Henderson said. “To our water, to the quality of our air, to our quality of life. This is something we haven’t talked about enough.

The lake has dropped 11 feet since it was first measured in the 1800s. Last year it hit an all-time low. This year, the Great Salt Lake is expected to fall to an all-new all-time low.said Laura Vernon, Great Salt Lake coordinator for the Utah State Division of Forests, Fires and Lands.

“We think the lake has peaked right now at around 4191.0,” she told FOX 13 News. “We think he’s going to go down another two feet.”

The shrinking of the Great Salt Lake has been attributed to a number of issues, including the diversion of water for development and the impacts of climate change. The decline of the lake threatens Utah’s snowpack, the ecosystem of millions of migratory birds, and billions in economic damage due to the loss of industry. The exposed lake bed contains arsenic, which can lead to toxic dust storms blowing into populated areas.

The Utah State Legislature introduced a number of bills this year in an attempt to protect the Great Salt Lake. Future water development plans need to consider the impact on the lake, there is more emphasis on water conservation in development and agricultural use. House Speaker Brad Wilson personally introduced a bill to spend $40 million trying to get more water into the lake and lawmakers took an aerial tour during the session to see the decline of the lake. For many, it was the first time they had seen him in years.

“I think the Legislature is going to step up,” said Rep. Casey Snider, R-Paradise, who was on tour.

Rep. Snider acknowledged a new emergency, but said people are more aware of the importance of the Great Salt Lake. He said he expects lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Utah, to pass more laws to protect him.

“I think so, but I also think that’s what’s left to do, that’s something we can handle,” he said. “Yes, it’s bad. Yes, it’s dark. But now we’re talking about it.”

Environmental groups and state officials agree that the Great Salt Lake has not passed a point of no return. Vernon said increased awareness of the situation facing the Great Salt Lake helps. She said Utahns taking action to conserve water would also help.

“But then, from a broader perspective, to encourage cities and counties, water conservation districts, agriculture users to think about how they use and use water more wisely, because we need the water to get here,” she said.

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Salt Lake and Sapporo headed for Olympics in 2030 and maybe 34 https://uppersevier.net/salt-lake-and-sapporo-headed-for-olympics-in-2030-and-maybe-34/ Mon, 02 May 2022 05:37:53 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/salt-lake-and-sapporo-headed-for-olympics-in-2030-and-maybe-34/

Fraser Bullock, who is leading Salt Lake City’s bid to bring the Winter Olympics back to Utah, seems very confident of success.

“I think we will organize one or more future games. It’s a question of when,” he said last week in an interview with local television.

But will it be in 2030, the first opening of the IOC calendar? Or could the International Olympic Committee award a double prize and also name the host of 2034? While it had two strong candidates 4½ years ago for the Summer Games, the IOC selected Paris for the 2024 Olympics and Los Angeles for 2028.

The IOC does not say so. An announcement is expected early next year, with media in Salt Lake suggesting a decision in May 2023.

“Obviously I’m keeping my fingers crossed for 2030, but any time we’re asked to house them, we’ll be ready,” Bullock told the Deseret News in Utah.

The Associated Press asked Bullock for an interview, but was told he spoke only to local media. Bullock was Mitt Romney’s No. 2 when Salt Lake hosted the 2002 Games.

Under its revised but opaque bidding process, the IOC appears to have four possible candidates. Three have already hosted Winter Olympics: Sapporo (1972), Salt Lake (2002) and Vancouver (2010). There is also interest from Barcelona, ​​which hosted the 1992 Summer Games and could bid with regions in the Pyrenees.

An IOC “technical team” was in Salt Lake City last week inspecting venues, and is in Vancouver this week. Meanwhile, a similar visit to Spain has reportedly been delayed.

Sapporo is not known to have scheduled a technical visit, but a Japanese bid is expected to be among the favorites after officially spending $13.6 billion. to stage the year-delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics. At least 60% was public money and probably more with government audits showing that Olympics costs were higher than advertised.

A study by the University of Oxford indicates that Tokyo was the most expensive Olympics on record.

Sapporo held an “All Japan” conference next week, led by former prime minister Taro Aso, to promote the bid and show support from the Japanese government and businesses.

Salt Lake puts the cost of the Games at $2.2 billion, and Sapporo has a similar figure – $2.4-2.6 billion. However, Olympic expenditures usually exceed estimates and it is impossible to accurately forecast costs a decade from now.

The Winter Games have become a tough sell for the IOC. The choice for 2022 fell on Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing after half a dozen European candidates withdrew after failed public referendums or fears over costs.

Neither Sapporo nor Salt Lake will hold referendums. Sapporo Mayor Katsuhiro Akimoto said surveys of 10,000 people – online, on the streets and by post – show support between 52% and 65%, Akimoto gave no details on the methodology or reliability of surveys.

Last month, Vancouver council refused to put a referendum on the ballot for the October municipal elections. Vancouver’s proposal is dubbed the first “Indigenous-led” bid for an Olympics, with Canada’s First Nations planning a feasibility study.

Mark Conrad, who teaches sports law and ethics at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, told AP a joint award seemed possible. He is not involved in the process and is looking at a stranger.

“The Salt Lake City facilities date from 2002 and are used and in good condition,” Conrad said, also noting strong public support for the bid. “But the IOC owes a lot to Japan and I think many facilities can be there or shared through Nagano.”

Nagano hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics and paid off the debt for those Games several years ago.

With the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, it would be unusual for the IOC to stay in the United States for the 2030 Winter Games. However, if sponsorship is strong, that could change course. The IOC also generates a large portion of its broadcast revenue in North America.

IOC President Thomas Bach, who steps down in 2025, may also prefer to leave the 2034 award to his successor.

The 2030 and 2034 Winter Olympics are the only open Games on the immediate Olympic calendar. Paris, Los Angeles and Brisbane, Australia are lined up for the next three Summer Olympics.

The Italians of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo will host the 2026 Winter Olympics.

The IOC has tried to streamline its bid process, in part because of corruption scandals linked to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016and Tokyo in 2019 which forced the resignation of IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda.

A corruption scandal also sullied the selection of Salt Lake City.

Host city selection has been largely removed from the hands of grassroots IOC members who will be asked to automatically endorse the recommendation of the IOC Executive Board.

The IOC technical team in Salt Lake was not made available to the media and the names of the members were not released. Technical team members were not considered IOC members. The IOC said the members who are part of the future host commission were not “on site”.

“The IOC regularly meets, in person or virtually, with interested parties and potential hosts of the Olympic Games and the Olympic Winter Games,” the IOC said in a statement. “The IOC respects the confidentiality of all such discussions.”

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Associated Press reporter Yuri Kageyama in Tokyo contributed to this report.

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