PM News: Burgess Owens on Critical Race Theory, Finding Baby Deer, and Salt Lake City Cemetery


Monday evening May 24, 2021


Utah Releases Pay Equity Study for Executive Employees

The Utah Governor’s Planning and Budget Office on Monday released a study analyzing wage disparities among executive branch employees. At first glance, men in state agencies earn 21% more than women. Whites earn 17% more than people of color. But when you factor in factors like job type and job tenure that affect results, the gap narrows to “essentially zero,” according to Nate Talley, deputy director of the Office of Planning and Development. governor’s budget. The study also found that women and people of color are underrepresented in higher paying jobs. Read the full story. – Emily Means

Burgess Owens Speaks Strongly Against Critical Race Theory

Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, told Newsmax that school workers pushing for critical race theory to be taught to students should be fired. But critics like Owens say it’s divisive and racist. “We have to send back every single one of them that we can find and those that we find later – we’ll find a way to get rid of them as well,” Owens said. “But we must move forward, my friends, together as a harmonious nation.” Critical Race Theory is not currently part of any public school curriculum in Utah. Owens introduced a bill in Congress to restrict the teaching of CRT in federal institutions. – Sonja hutson

Do not feed, touch or bring the baby deer home

If you are camping or hiking this summer and see a baby deer or moose, don’t touch, feed, or bring home. This is the final warning from the State Wildlife Division. Officials said calves and elk calves are usually born in June. Just because you can’t see her mother nearby doesn’t mean she has abandoned her offspring. Wildlife officials have said baby deer and elk are hiding places, which means that when they are born, the mother leaves them so they don’t attract predators to their newborns. If you disturb young animals, it could have fatal consequences for them. – Ross Terrell

The lowest number of COVID-19 cases in a day since last May

Utah health officials reported 148 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. This is the fewest reported cases in a single day since late May 2020. The state’s test positivity rate has remained stable over the past week. Meanwhile, hospitalizations are down from last Monday. Two other people died from the virus. They were each hospitalized at the time of their death. – Ross Terrell

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Northern Utah

Salt Lake City cemetery reopens to the public

Salt Lake City Cemetery is once again open to the public. It closed last September after a windstorm blew through thousands of trees across the city. The cemetery alone has lost 265 trees. Headstones were damaged, the ground was torn up and over 400 graves were destroyed in the process. Contractors have since cleaned up and repaired the area. The city also hired an archaeologist to document damage to historic monuments and artefacts. The cemetery is 170 years old. Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said she ultimately hopes to designate it as an official arboretum. – Caroline ballard

Region / Nation

Voting restrictions could make it harder for western mountain tribes

Newly enacted laws will make it more difficult to vote in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and Arizona. Laws are part of a in all the countries GOP pushes to restrict voting options. They target absentee voting, polling day registration, and third-party ballot collection – tools that some Indigenous communities in our region disproportionately rely on. In Arizona, the leaders of the Navajo Nation are speak against new state voting restrictions adopted after Indigenous voters helped toggle the blue state in the 2020 election. – Savannah Maher, Mountain West News Office

Reopening of missionary training centers for in-person training

Missionary Training Centers for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin offering in-person instruction at the end of June. Church officials announced Monday that centers in Provo, Ghana and New Zealand would reopen on a limited basis. At the Church’s largest training center in Provo, between 150 and 250 missionaries will be permitted per week, but they must be fully immunized. Local leaders will contact those who will be trained in person and online training will continue for everyone else. – Lexi Peery, Saint George


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