Utah – Upper Sevier http://uppersevier.net/ Wed, 18 May 2022 03:15:41 +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 Utah – Upper Sevier http://uppersevier.net/ 32 32 Utah lawmakers consider pipeline from Pacific Ocean to Great Salt Lake https://uppersevier.net/utah-lawmakers-consider-pipeline-from-pacific-ocean-to-great-salt-lake/ Wed, 18 May 2022 02:58:31 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/utah-lawmakers-consider-pipeline-from-pacific-ocean-to-great-salt-lake/

SALT LAKE CITY – A legislative commission is floating the idea of ​​a pipeline to bring water from the Pacific Ocean into the Great Salt Lake.

“There’s a lot of water in the ocean and we have very little in the Great Salt Lake,” said Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville, who co-chairs the Legislative Water Development Committee.

At a meeting on Tuesday, the commission authorized a study of the idea – along with a number of other water measurements – while acknowledging that it seems like an unusual idea.

When FOX 13 News asked commission co-chairman Rep. Joel Ferry if they were really serious about the idea, he replied, “Oh no, we’re very serious about it. Well, the times desperate calls for desperate measures and all options are on the table.”

The study would examine the cost of creating a pipeline from the Pacific Ocean, through California and the Sierra Nevada mountains, through the deserts of Nevada and ultimately into the Great Salt Lake in Utah.

“It’s just an idea,” warned Senator Hinkins in an interview with FOX 13 News. “Other countries are doing it to fill their lakes because of drought situations. We should know if there is any feasibility or even if we will have rights of way for this stuff but have an idea of ​​how much it will cost.”

The idea, the committee chairs acknowledged, could cost billions (not to mention whether other states would even allow such a thing).

As FOX 13 News first reported in April, the Great Salt Lake is expected to hit a new all-time low this year.. Utah is currently under a drought emergency. The massive lake is shrinking due to water diversion, development, drought and climate change. A dry lake presents a massive environmental crisis for Utah with toxic dust storms (there is arsenic in the lake bed), a lack of snow, and billions of dollars in lost economic impact for the State.

“Our whole way of life in northern Utah is affected by a declining lake,” Rep. Ferry warned. “We have instituted and put in place significant conservation measures, but that will not be enough and so we need to look at other options and one of those options is to import water from the Pacific Ocean.”

While commission members were supportive of the concept, others were skeptical. Asked about the idea after the meeting, Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake City, sighed loudly and said, “Why don’t we try to conserve water?”

Beyond its feasibility, Rep. Briscoe said he’s worried about the cost to taxpayers.

“I thought we were a state that respected frugality and efficiency,” he said. “There’s no way you can afford to pump salt water from the Pacific into Utah.”

The Alliance for a Better Utah, a left-leaning political group, criticized the idea.

“Legislators should spend more time and resources on water conservation policies, and less time on boondoggles like more dams and unnecessary pipelines. In all areas – individuals, industries, agriculture, etc. – we we are overusing water as a state and we need to conserve this precious resource,” said Chase Thomas, group director.

The Utah State Legislature has advanced a number of water conservation bills and House Speaker Brad Wilson personally sponsored a bill this year spending $40 million to support efforts to bring more water to the lake, such as environmental groups leasing or buying water rights for the Great Salt Lake itself.

While most unusual, the Great Salt Lake pipeline concept wasn’t the only idea put forward by the commission on Tuesday. Other projects include water reuse, exploring ways to cope with declining water levels at Lake Powell, the amount of water Utah receives from the Bear River, a study of pipeline for the Green River, agricultural optimization, rural water metering, aquifer storage and more water conservation measures.

“The cost of doing nothing is more,” Rep. Ferry said.

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As Utah youth show more mental health issues, schools seek answers https://uppersevier.net/as-utah-youth-show-more-mental-health-issues-schools-seek-answers/ Mon, 16 May 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/as-utah-youth-show-more-mental-health-issues-schools-seek-answers/

There is a lot of speculation about what is causing the crisis in young people’s mental health. The pandemic has certainly played a role, but long-standing issues like social media usage and concerns about housing and food security are also contributing.

“There are so many theories and it’s really hard to figure out,” said Dr. Neil Davis, pediatrician at Intermountain Healthcare. Education and Mental Health Coordinating Council recently.

Whatever the cause, he noted that data from the hospital system shows that the number of behavioral health-related emergency room visits for children has tripled in the past five years. School districts are also seeing increasing cases of younger students — as early as kindergarten — struggling with serious mental health issues.

Peter Ingle, specialist in Murray School Districtsaid his team is thinking about the best steps to take on the challenges.

Although there is a social worker in each school, as well as behavior support technicians who work with students with the most difficult problems, school staff still face resistance from parents and difficulties in getting children into dedicated treatment centres.

“I think that’s one of our main concerns…what is our role?” he said. “It is not clearly defined and there is no established mechanism to support this type of collaboration [with other organizations].”

The board discussed various solutions to the far-reaching challenges that include screening students before they enter kindergarten and operating a underutilized component of Medicaid to help better coordinate physical health services with mental health.

“Medicaid has enormous potential to help children, especially young children, especially the most needy children,” said Jessie Mandel, health policy analyst for Voices for Utah Children. “This is an area where we are already making significant investments as a state. But I’m very excited for the work of this group to think about how we can maximize and innovate across the board. of the Medicaid program.

Ingle said using Medicaid funds and regular child screenings would help families tap into additional resources and identify problems before they become problems. It’s also important, he said, to continue to fight the stigma around mental health, especially with parents, so people are more willing to seek out the help available.

“I think we’re already past the ‘is this a problem?’ “, did he declare. “There doesn’t seem to be much hesitation about it. And that gets you over the first hurdle. Now here we are [phase of] “OK, so what do we want to do and where do we best put our efforts?”

The council voted to prioritize an awareness campaign on early childhood mental health and exploring ways to better integrate mental health treatment with physical health care. He will make specific funding requests or policy recommendations to the state legislature in the coming year.

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Utah football: O-line faces tough challenge in Florida season opener https://uppersevier.net/utah-football-o-line-faces-tough-challenge-in-florida-season-opener/ Sat, 14 May 2022 19:02:00 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/utah-football-o-line-faces-tough-challenge-in-florida-season-opener/

Things didn’t start well for Utah’s offensive line in 2021, but by the end of the season, the O line was one of the strengths of the team that won the Pac-12 championship.

Offensive line coach Jim Harding knows that heading into the 2022 campaign, having a cohesive, cohesive squad in the trenches is a top priority, especially with the season opener against SEC Florida. September 3 in Gainesville.

“I recognize that we didn’t play very well at the start of the year. It had a lot to do with moving guys around. It’s going to be important to get these guys in place right away,” Harding said. “We recognize the first game we have this year. The sooner we can get these five guys playing together, getting used to each other, will only make us better in the long run.

What did left tackle Braeden Daniels learn from last season?

“What I want to take away from last year is that it’s not how you start, it’s how you end,” he said. “Coach Harding and all of us assessed ourselves and looked in the mirror. We looked at what the problem was and what we needed to address. It’s something we have to do this year. We know we have the Florida in our first game. It’s something we’re looking forward to.

Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig liked what he saw from the O line in spring training.

“It’s starting to solidify with the first and second teams, trying to develop that continuity, which was such a big part of our mid-season push,” he said. “We had the same five guys playing most of the time. We’re trying to focus on that moving forward.

Utah coaches love the depth they have on the O line, despite losing center Nick Ford and left tackle Bamidele Olaseni.

“We have a lot of good young offensive linemen in the program,” coach Kyle Whittingham said. “We lost our left tackle, Bam Olaseni, and Nick Ford, who played such good football for us. We have a lot of talent and the depth is solid along the offensive line. That’s what we coaches do, develop talent. I’m sure Jim Harding will do a good job of that.

Whittingham added that left guards Keaton Bills and Michael Mokofisi “have played their best football this spring…they’re absolutely ready to play for us.”

Center Paul Maile and tackle Jaren Kump missed spring training due to injuries, but both should be ready this fall.

“Johnny Maea has done a good job moving through the middle and is starting to consolidate that position. Braeden Daniels has solidified at left tackle,” Whittingham said. “Falcon (Kaumatule) had a really good spring at right tackle “Jaren Kump will be back this fall. It’s a position he’s played. We think we’ll have 10 quality guys with a few more guys who will continue to develop.”

Others in the mix include Sataoa Laumea and Zereoue Williams.

Kaumatule, a sophomore, has made great progress since joining the program.

“Falcon is a guy who had never played online before he got here. He only played the D end and a bit of the tight end, so he got better every year,” Harding said. This spring he got a lot more reps. It’s not always the same mistake.

“There’s a level of experience there where he sees something and he reacts quicker. He’s got really good strength numbers in the weight room. It’s never been a physical issue. It’s just a lack of experience. This spring he has done a good job of putting things together.

Harding is optimistic about Kump’s development.

“Jaren fought off two pretty major injuries. He always does everything he can. He has a great attitude and he breaks his tail. He’s a guy who will be in the mix somewhere. Where? I don’t know,” he said. “This piece of the puzzle is something we need to solve right away. But in terms of attitude and work ethic, he’s great. He’s a great boy. He’s going to kick ass to put himself in a position to be a postman this fall.

Harding said Spring Ball was a good place to start, but there’s a lot to do in the rest of the offseason.

“It’s been a lot of really good competition. I think the kids are getting better, but there are definitely things we need to do to improve and things we hope we can improve on…throughout the summer.

For Harding, it’s all about consistency – starting with the season opener.

“The guys we have right now, we’ve been playing in the same position the majority of the spring,” he said. “We will have the addition of two guys, Jaren and Paul, who will be thrown into this equation. The goal is to get these guys up and running right away.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham watches the action on the field behind the offense during the University of Utah Red and White game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 23, 2022 Whittingham likes the way the offensive line looks like as well as its depth.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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What Utah’s “Dirty Soda” Craze Tells Us About Regional Isolation https://uppersevier.net/what-utahs-dirty-soda-craze-tells-us-about-regional-isolation/ Fri, 13 May 2022 01:26:26 +0000 https://uppersevier.net/what-utahs-dirty-soda-craze-tells-us-about-regional-isolation/

There’s something comforting about the universality of soda. Any branded cola in the deep recesses of a California gas station freezer will taste nearly identical to its counterpart from a Kentucky soda fountain. The taste profile, meticulously crafted by chemists and flavor experts, has stood the test of time.

In recent decades, the soda industry has seen a decline in consumption, largely due to health campaigns encouraging Americans to switch to lower-sugar alternatives. However, the soft drink market remains a giant (currently valued at $407 billion), its popularity only growing in some parts of the country.

The American Mountain West bears the brunt of the soda industry, where soda shops are as ubiquitous as McDonald’s – and their popularity is spreading north. Western soda shops, which sell colas mixed with various dairy creamers and syrups, are popping up along the “Mormon Corridor,” an area stretching from Utah to Idaho with a highly concentrated Mormon population.