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Monday evening October 11, 2021


Encourage POCs to get involved in the redistribution

Analysis of recent census data shows that more than half of Utah’s growth over the past decade has come from racial and ethnic minorities, and nearly 25% of Utahns identify themselves that way. For example, the Utah Coalition of La Raza, a Latin American civil rights organization, is working with other advocacy groups to involve people of color in the redistribution process. Rep. Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake City, is on the Legislative Assembly Redistribution Committee. She said many people of color already feel disenfranchised, but she still encourages them to speak out. Read the full story. – Emily means

Austin Cox calls allegations of sexual misconduct against him baseless

Austin Cox’s lawyers call the allegations of sexual misconduct against him “baseless.” Cox was the former campaign manager of Utah Gov. Spencer Cox. The two have no relation. KUTV reported that lawyers representing him said the relationship with a campaign worker was a long-term relationship between two young adults that he ended earlier this year. His lawyers have also said he unequivocally and categorically denies any allegation to the contrary. Gov. Cox said Thursday that an independent investigation had brought an end to Austin Cox, but he resigned before his completion. – Associated press

Consumer confidence in Utah rises in September

Consumer confidence in Utah edged up from August to September. That’s according to data released Monday by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. The Confidence Index is based on a series of questions about the economy and financial well-being and 44% of people responded ‘favorably’ when asked if they thought they or their family were better off financially. than a year ago. However, over 60% of those polled believe that over the next five years there will be more spells of general unemployment or depression than there will be good times. Utah’s consumer confidence was also higher than that of the United States – but it is still well below where the country was before the pandemic. – Ross Terrell

Northern Utah

Edgemont Elementary Switching to distance learning

An elementary school in Provo district is switching to distance learning to start the week due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Edgemont Elementary School held a test event to stay last Friday. State data shows they have 26 active student cases, which represents a 5% positivity rate. Edgemont will only have online classes until Wednesday. It is the only school in the district of Provo that must go virtual. So far this year, Utah has seen nearly 9,300 total student cases. – Ross Terrell

Region / Nation

Reconsider land recognition

Monday was Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to recognize the real and violent history of white settler treatment of Native Americans. But it is not enough to recognize that the earth has been stolen. The Association of Indigienous Anthropologists wants an interruption in “land recognition”. That is, statements about how the lands of a company or a university once belonged to indigenous groups. This is because acknowledgments can oversimplify or whitewash past events without making any real changes.. – Madelyn Beck, Mountain West Press Office

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Rexburg owners honored to have their property become the site of a new temple https://utahbbq.org/rexburg-owners-honored-to-have-their-property-become-the-site-of-a-new-temple/ Sun, 10 Oct 2021 17:04:19 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/rexburg-owners-honored-to-have-their-property-become-the-site-of-a-new-temple/

Shelley and John Hegsted’s 3,200 square foot home sits on a 100-acre plot of land across from Walmart in Rexburg, Idaho, and will become the site of a new temple. (Shelley Hegsted via EastIdahoNews)

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REXBURG, Idaho – Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were surprised over the weekend to learn of the announcement of a second temple being built in Rexburg.

EastIdahoNews.com has learned that it will be built on a property in North Second East and Moody Drive across from Walmart.

Shelley Hegsted, who owns the property with her husband, John, and her three sisters and their spouses, Marcia and Don Heinz, Marilyn and Larry Evans, and Diane and Lewis Clements, said the church had purchased the plot of land from 100 acres in July. after several months of negotiations.

“We closed it on July 15,” Shelley said.

Shelley and John’s 3,200 square foot home occupies approximately one acre in the southeast corner of the property. The rest is farmland. She does not know the details of the project or the expected start date, but she says they have until July 2022 to relocate.

“Our family has lived in this house since 1914, when it was built,” says Shelley. “It’s a wonderful place to raise our family, but since the city moved that way and Walmart came along, it’s been so crowded. It’s not a fun place to live anymore.”

Still, Shelley says the idea of ​​giving up a piece of land that has been in her family for three generations is sad. They’ve been trying to sell it since 2005. Around 2008, Home Depot and Fred Meyer planned to build a store there, but then withdrew when the economy collapsed.

It’s a wonderful place to raise our family, but since the city moved this way and Walmart came along, it has been so crowded. It is no longer a fun place to live.

–Shelley Hegsted

Over the years, other deals never seemed to work, and the Hegsteds ultimately thought the sale of the land just wasn’t meant to be.

The couple eventually sold part of it to Kurt Harmon, a local business owner, this spring and soon after, a church representative contacted both parties expressing interest in buying the entire property. .

Knowing that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is taking over makes lifelong Church member Shelley happy. She is convinced that he is in good hands.

“It humbled us a lot to think this is a place for a temple. We can’t even believe it,” she said. “Whatever they do, it will be well done and enjoyable. We just couldn’t be happier. It will be beautiful.”

An exciting prospect

Rexburg Mayor Jerry Merrill said the church is planning additional business development next to the temple. He is not aware of the details, but he is excited about the prospect of the additional income and the appeal the project will bring to the region.

“There are very few places in the world that have two temples within the same city limits, and we’re going to be one of them,” Merrill said. “Having a temple in town gives a nice impression of the area. It gives a certain sense of reverence and spirituality which helps reduce crime. Anything that helps in these aspects is always an exciting thing to us. “

There are very few places in the world that have two temples within the same city limits, and we’re going to be one of them.

–Jerry Merrill, Mayor of Rexburg

The current Rexburg Temple was dedicated in 2008.

Rexburg-area Chamber of Commerce president Chris Mann said he heard rumors about another temple arriving in Rexburg ahead of Sunday’s announcement, but didn’t never imagined that this would actually be true.

“It’s exciting for Rexburg. It’s always great to know that the LDS Church has great faith in the city of Rexburg. We have amazing students and citizens. I can’t wait to see how they develop the property that they bought, ”Mann said.

Once completed, the Rexburg Temple will be open to the public on an open house. Once consecrated, only members approved by their ecclesiastical leader will be allowed to enter.

The Rexburg Temple is one of 13 temples announced during the church’s semi-annual general conference. Other temples have been announced in Cody, Wyoming and Heber Valley, Utah. One of the most recently completed temples is in Pocatello. It will be dedicated on November 7.

Read the full article on EastIdahoNews.com.

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Congress just put in place another debt ceiling showdown in December. Everything will probably be fine because neither side really wants to default. https://utahbbq.org/congress-just-put-in-place-another-debt-ceiling-showdown-in-december-everything-will-probably-be-fine-because-neither-side-really-wants-to-default/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 10:20:00 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/congress-just-put-in-place-another-debt-ceiling-showdown-in-december-everything-will-probably-be-fine-because-neither-side-really-wants-to-default/

President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

  • The past two weeks have underscored one thing: both sides want to avoid defaulting on debt.

  • When the debt ceiling expires in December, things will likely be fine, just like in October.

  • Plus, the United States might have a longer window to act next time around.

Congress is on the verge of barely avoiding a default this month, with Republicans and Democrats reaching a deal to extend the debt limit in what will amount to a two-month truce.

The agreement sets up a new confrontation over the country’s ability to reimburse its bills in early December, a battle that will be coupled with government funding. It threatens to block Democrats as they strive to push President Joe Biden’s economic agenda across the finish line, drawing on their slim majorities.

Still, there’s a good chance the United States will continue to avoid a default that experts say will cut Social Security payments, disrupt financial markets and jeopardize the global economy. Despite the intense political stance, the events of the past two weeks have underscored one thing: Neither Republicans nor Democrats want to see the nation plunged into yet another economic crisis.

“The debt limit is going to be increased,” Senator Mitt Romney of Utah told Insider earlier in the week. “Republicans want it increased. Democrats want it increased.”

“There has never been a danger of the United States defaulting on its debt,” Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey at the same time told Insider.

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Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah. AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Congress may have longer window for December showdown

Senate Republicans led by Kentucky Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had blocked Democrats’ attempts to lift the debt ceiling, even as the clock ticked and the United States moved closer to a fiscal abyss. The GOP obstruction has stepped up calls among Democrats to blow up a hole in the obstruction – the 60-vote threshold most bills must cross – if it means averting disaster.

The prospect of Democrats harming the filibuster and unilaterally forcing an extension led McConnell to propose a two-month debt limit extension to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Eleven Senate Republicans ultimately voted to pave the way for the final passage of a debt limit extension, including McConnell.

Democrats have expressed some concern about congressional priorities creating a traffic jam for the legislature. Republicans are “absolutely trying to slow down the legislative agenda and make it harder to get things done,” Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan told Insider.

As Republicans drop their demands that Democrats use the party line reconciliation process, Schumer insisted the GOP must share the burden in December.

“For the sake of American families, for the sake of our economy, Republicans must recognize in the future that they should approach debt limit setting in a bipartisan fashion,” Schumer said in a ground speech that was condemned by Republicans. “We hope the Republicans will join the passage of a long-term solution to the debt limit in December.”

Yet even if Republicans and Democrats fail to come to an agreement on a debt limitation deal by December 3, they may have a longer window to act before the United States again collides with fiscal ruin. Donald Schneider, former GOP personnel economist on the House Ways and Means committee, projected that the Treasury Department could launch emergency liquidity conservation measures to fund US debt until early February.

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Biden’s approval rating drops to new low, poll finds https://utahbbq.org/bidens-approval-rating-drops-to-new-low-poll-finds/ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 12:47:32 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/bidens-approval-rating-drops-to-new-low-poll-finds/

In this September 24, 2021 photo, President Joe Biden listens during the Quad Summit in the East Room of the White House. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

(NEXSTAR) – Americans’ approval of President Joe Biden’s professional performance has fallen to a new low in a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.

Only 38% of Americans polled approved of Biden, up from 42% three weeks ago. Fifty-three percent of those polled gave it a negative opinion.

When broken down topic by topic, Biden doesn’t fare much better. Only 25% approved of his handling of immigration, 39% approved of his management of the economy, and 37% approved of his work as commander-in-chief.

His best score reported by Quinnipiac was on handling the coronavirus pandemic: 48% approval versus 50% disapproval.

“Beaten on confidence, questioned on leadership and challenged on overall competence, President Biden is hammered from all sides as his approval rating continues to drop to a number not seen since the scrutiny of it. ‘Trump administration,’ Quinnipiac poll analyst Tim Malloy said in a press release.

The way people view the president’s performance is clearly divided along party lines: 94% of Republicans polled said they disapproved, while 80% of Democrats said they approved.

President Biden’s ratings have plummeted in recent months as the Delta variant ravaged the country, prompting some places to reinstate mask warrants and overcrowded hospitals to cancel elective surgeries. At the same time, Biden oversaw a messy and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan. To make matters worse, its legislative priorities, like a massive infrastructure package, have stalled in Congress.

“Everyone is frustrated, it’s part of being in government, of being frustrated,” Biden told reporters on Saturday. He pledged to “work like hell” to get the pillars of his national program adopted.

See the full breakdown of the survey results on the Quinnipiac University website.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Committee vying to bring Olympics back to Utah to meet IOC next month https://utahbbq.org/committee-vying-to-bring-olympics-back-to-utah-to-meet-ioc-next-month/ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 01:32:23 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/committee-vying-to-bring-olympics-back-to-utah-to-meet-ioc-next-month/

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The next step in bringing the future Olympics back to Utah is expected to be over 5,000 miles next month.

Members of the Salt Lake City-Utah Games Committee, led by President and CEO Fraser Bullock and Bid Chairperson Catherine Raney Norman, will travel to Lausanne, Switzerland to meet with the International Olympic Committee to discuss a potential candidacy.

While a visit to the Olympic capital may seem fun and fun, Raney Norman, a former Olympian herself, sees it as a business trip. The goal: to prepare the ground for bringing other Olympic Games to Utah in 2030 or 2034.

“We’re extremely focused and I think that’s an important stepping stone in this process,” says Raney Norman.

Although Raney Norman, a Wisconsinite-turned-Utahn, has competed in four Olympic Winter Games during her speed skating career, meeting the IOC for the first time in her positive position as bid chair, arouses feelings similar to those she had when representing her country. in a race on the world stage.

“It is such an honor to be in this role as an athlete, as a woman, as a sports leader, to be able to represent and have that voice for our state or our city and the athletes,” she declared. “It is a tremendous honor and a huge responsibility that I take very seriously, and close to my heart, and I recognize this is a tremendous opportunity for the United States.”

The Salt Lake City Games in 2002 were the last time the United States hosted the world’s largest sporting event, which first began in the modern era in 1896 but has roots in ancient Greece . Los Angeles is poised to put America back at the center of the sports world for the 2030 Summer Games. If the local committee can bring the 2030 Games to Utah, it would be the first time since 1936 that a country welcomes back-to-return to the Olympics and for the first time with the alternating two-year schedule.

If the 2030 Games do not materialize for Salt Lake, the committee has also expressed interest in hosting the Olympics in 2034.

While it may be a 28 or 32 year gap between lighting an Olympic torch in Utah, Raney Norman’s pitch is going to be straightforward; the flame has never been extinguished in Salt Lake. The spirit is still alive and the facilities which hosted the Games in 2002 are still in perfect condition.

“I think it is absolutely important and essential to point out that we have some wonderful historical sites which are more active than they were in 2002”, she explains, citing that not only the sports sites of skiing in the Park City area are still used by many Olympians. in training, the Kearns Olympic Oval is still a training center for the US speed skating team. “These places help reinvigorate our communities and inspire our young people. “

The fact that many state buildings, facilities and infrastructure have stood the test of time may be one of the committee’s strongest points when competing against people like Sapporo, Japan; Barcelona, ​​Spain; Vancouver, Canada; and Ukrainian.

Several host cities, even during the recent Olympics, have struggled to set up their world-class venues in time for the first events, and many have left their facilities abandoned in the years since.

Another point that will certainly be made in Switzerland is that since the organization of the Games at the start of the new millennium, Utah has continued to grow. With the country’s youngest population, the fastest growing economy and a thriving sports landscape, Raney Norman will have a lot to brag about when she presents Utah to the IOC.

“Personally, one of the things I’ve always enjoyed living here is that you can have a good job because we’re a big metropolitan city. We’re innovative and progressive in our business, but you can play really hard here, ”she boasts. “And we have these beautiful mountains, we have amazing trails, and we kind of have this mindset and this sport culture here and I think sets us apart from a lot of other cities.”

If Utah hosts any future Games, and Raney Norman says they’ll have a better idea of ​​which opening to focus on by this year, she’s confident residents will show up in droves to support the effort. Getting an Olympic volunteer jacket, one of Utah’s hottest fashion items in 2002, would likely be a must again over the next decade.

“A lot of this wouldn’t be possible without the support of our community, without the many people involved in it,” she said, thanking the locals who love the Olympics. “To the volunteer effort that’s being put forward again for tourism here in Utah, to those who volunteer their time to help with this, it’s huge. It is extremely commendable to have that.

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Representative Albrecht provides update on legislation https://utahbbq.org/representative-albrecht-provides-update-on-legislation/ Wed, 06 Oct 2021 11:50:20 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/representative-albrecht-provides-update-on-legislation/

By representative Carl Albrecht, District 70

Electoral redistribution

The legislative redistribution committee has been busy at work, traveling across the state to gather feedback and review maps. Be sure to submit your own maps for review using the state of the art drawing tool available at https://redistricting.utah.gov/maps/.

The Legislature will meet in special session in mid-November to approve maps that will determine Utah’s borders for the next decade. You can keep up to date by following the Legislative Boundaries Committee on social media (Twitter & Facebook) and by visiting redistrict.utah.gov.

Vaccination mandates

President Biden recently called on the Department of Labor to require all companies with more than 100 employees to either require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or test negative weekly. The president’s decision to make vaccination of private entities compulsory is unprecedented and unacceptable. While a private company may choose to require vaccinations or tests for its employees, the government forcing companies to take these steps is too much of a manual.

Speaker of the House Brad Wilson said, “I want to reaffirm my continued support for the immunization effort. Vaccines have proven to be the most effective measure in reducing the pressure on our hospitals and saving lives. However, requiring employers to impose these decisions on their employees is not the role of government and should not become the new precedent. “

Veterans Home Service Project

The Utah House Majority Caucus participated in a service project at the William E. Christoffersen Salt Lake Veterans Home. Representatives pulled weeds, painted planters, planted flowers, and helped with other landscaping needs. We loved the opportunity to give back to our veterans and appreciate all they have done to serve our country.

Monoclonal antibody treatments

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Centers are now providing care to patients in Utah. These treatments should not replace the vaccine but can ease the burden on our hospitals by preventing hospitalizations and saving lives. See your health care provider if you are at high risk and your COVID-19 test is positive.

Learn more about monoclonal antibody treatments here: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/noveltherapeutics/

September interim Meetings

The Legislative Assembly met in September to resume interim meetings. The committees discussed several important and topical issues, including vaccine requirements, access to child care, student mental health, bail reform and more. The topics discussed and the action to be taken by the committee are available at https://le.utah.gov/interim/2021/pdf/00003099.pdf The October meetings are scheduled for October 19 and 20.

Highlights of management credits

The Office of the Legislative Budget Analyst presented the 2021-2022 budget for the State of Utah to the Executive Appropriations Committee during the interim September period. This budget funds all of our state’s needs, including education, transportation, outdoor recreation, affordable housing and more. You can read the full report here: https://le.utah.gov/interim/2021/pdf/00002925.pdf

The Credit Executive Committee also discussed how the state can use ARPA funds to meet our critical water needs, received an update on the new University of Mental Health facility. Utah and reviewed a report from the Homeless Council.

UtahRaptor State Park Update

Earlier this year, the legislature passed HB 257 to create Utah Raptor State Park near Moab. New development, engineering and design plans for the park are well underway. This new national park will feature two new campgrounds with around 60 to 70 individual campsites, a handful of group campsites, an entrance post, a visitor center and many other exciting amenities.

Military and defense economic impact

The Utah Defense Alliance commissioned the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute to assess the economic impacts of Utah’s defense industry. Utah’s defense industry makes a substantial contribution to the state’s diverse economy, contributing 10.3% of state employment and $ 13.9 billion in personal income. Listen to the presentation or read the full report at https://le.utah.gov/MtgMinutes/publicMeetingMinutes.jsp?Com=SPEVMA&meetingId=17737


Head over to Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to the recent Utah House Majority podcast, covering topics ranging from economic development to our new civic engagement program!

Upcoming Events Statewide

Dreamscapes immersive art exhibition (Salt Lake) Through December, Thursday to Sunday

Cedar Saturday Market (Cedar City) every Saturday

Tuacahn Saturday market every Saturday

Tuacahn Amphitheater (St. George) Open-air theater performances until October 21

Nature Hills Harvest Fest (Cedar City) October 2–16

Moab Red Rock Festival October 9

Fall Harvest Festival (Cache) October 15-16

Fall Festival and Pumpkin Lane (St. George) October 25

As always, thank you for the opportunity to represent you in the Utah House of Representatives. Please contact me with any questions or concerns by calling or texting me at (435) 979-6578 or emailing carlalbrecht@le.utah.gov.

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New report shows Utah’s gender pay gap hasn’t changed in four years https://utahbbq.org/new-report-shows-utahs-gender-pay-gap-hasnt-changed-in-four-years/ Tue, 05 Oct 2021 23:48:37 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/new-report-shows-utahs-gender-pay-gap-hasnt-changed-in-four-years/

LOGAN, Utah – The gender pay gap in Utah generally ranks among the highest in the country. A new report from the Utah Women & Leadership Project at Utah State University shows little is changing.

“Unfortunately, with our pay gap, not much has changed,” UWLP director Susan Madsen told ABC4.

Madsen is one of four authors to write a report titled “Utah Gender Wage Gap: A 2021 Update”. Although the report is the product of four authors, it is actually the product of hundreds of people. The authors compiled research data from 60 sources and asked more than half a dozen other organizations to review the completed report.

This new report comes about four years after WWLP’s last as a follow-up. “We want to make sure that when we release this, it is actually the latest data from different perspectives, employers, the state and people who know how to do census data,” Madsen explained.

The report shows that women in Utah earn about 30% less than men. Nationally, women earn about 18% less.

Madsen told ABC4 that Utah almost always ranks last for women’s wages. She pointed out how well the state’s economy is doing right now and noted that to make it even bigger, it’s a title the Utahns need to work on in order to change. She said it could help attract tourists, businesses and other organizations that will bring more income to the state.

According to Madsen, there are a few major factors that play into this wage gap in Utah. One of these factors is social structure. “We actually have more of a traditional society,” she explained. “We have more distinct roles between men and women and some of these things really create bigger gaps. “

Research cited in the report shows that some of these roles mean that Utah women entering the workforce are less likely to earn graduate degrees that help get better paying jobs, are less likely likely to pursue better-paying careers in general for jobs that fall. in the social norm for Utah women and are less likely to negotiate a salary. “When we do it, there is reluctance from both men and women,” Madsen added. “Like, ‘Why are they asking for more? It’s a little selfish. Oh, this is interesting. It is not an easy subject.

Madsen told ABC4 to change to close the wage gap in Utah, public perception, business practices and state policy will have to change. She said: “We need to change not only for women, but for children, and for families and for our society.

Madsen explained that research shows the wage gap is only getting worse for women of color and single mothers. Both of these demographics are growing in the state. “If you are a single mother in the state of Utah, 40% of you will be living in poverty. 40 percent, ”she said. This, she said, sets the next generation up for failure.

Madsen told ABC4 that the Utah Women & Leadership Project used the compiled data to draft legislative recommendations to narrow the gender pay gap.

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Files show slow response to report of California oil spill – ABC4 Utah https://utahbbq.org/files-show-slow-response-to-report-of-california-oil-spill-abc4-utah/ Tue, 05 Oct 2021 05:00:29 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/files-show-slow-response-to-report-of-california-oil-spill-abc4-utah/

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) – The United States Coast Guard received the first report of a possible oil spill off the southern California coast more than 12 hours before a company reported the major leak in its pipeline and that a clean-up effort be initiated, according to the records. .

Oil spill reports reviewed by The Associated Press on Monday raise questions about the Coast Guard’s response to one of the state’s largest recent oil spills, as well as how quickly Amplify Energy, the company operating three offshore platforms and the pipeline, admitted it had a problem and notified authorities.

Two first calls regarding the spill arrived at the National Response Center, which is made up of the Coast Guard and advises other disaster agencies for a swift response. The first was from an anchored ship that noticed a shard in the water and the second, six hours later, from a federal agency which said a possible oil spill had been spotted on satellite images, according to the reports. California Office of Emergency Services reports.

The spill sent up to 126,000 gallons (572,807 liters) of heavy crude into the ocean off Huntington Beach, then spilled onto miles of beaches and a protected marsh. The beaches could remain closed for weeks or more, a blow to the local economy. Coastal fishing in the area is closed to commercial and recreational fishing.

Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in Orange County, ordering state agencies “to take immediate and aggressive action to clean up and mitigate the effects” of the spill.

Experts say it’s too early to determine the total impact on the environment, but so far the number of injured animals has been minimal.

Investigators are investigating whether a ship’s anchor may have struck a pipeline on the ocean floor, Coast Guard officials said Monday.

Amplify Energy CEO Martyn Willsher said company divers were inspecting the area of ​​the suspected leak reported on Saturday and that he expected Tuesday there to be a clearer picture of the cause. damage. Willsher said an anchor from a freighter hitting the pipeline is “one of the distinct possibilities” behind the leak.

Freighters entering the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach regularly cross the region. Arrears have plagued ports in recent months, and several dozen or more giant ships have been steadily docked while waiting to enter ports and unload.

“We are investigating whether this could have been an anchor from a ship, but it is in the evaluation phase right now,” said Lt. Cmdr of the Coast Guard. said Jeannie Shaye.

Shaye said the Coast Guard was only notified of the disaster on Saturday morning, although records show his dangerous spill response hotline received the first report of a possible oil spill on Friday evening.

A foreign vessel anchored off the coast witnessed an “unknown shard in the water near their ship” at 6:13 p.m. and the report was called to the response center just after 8:22 p.m., according to the state report. .

Lonnie Harrison Jr., vice president of Colonial Compliance Systems Inc., which works with foreign ships in U.S. waters to report spills, said one of his clients reported the sighting.

Harrison, a retired Coast Guard captain, said the ship was not involved in the spill and was then cleared over the weekend to enter harbor to refuel after having determined that it was not contaminated by the slick.

About six hours after receiving the first report, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that satellite imagery had spotted a possible oil slick more than 3 miles in length. The National Response Center report said the image of a “possible oil anomaly” was likely associated with the first report.

“Although there were many ships in the immediate vicinity of the anomaly, none were clearly associated with the anomaly,” the report said. “These factors prevented the possible identification of a point source. Yet the NRC report allows great confidence that it was oil. “

The company that operates the pipeline first reported the spill to the Coast Guard Response Center at 8:55 a.m. Saturday. However, the report says the incident happened at 2:30 a.m.

Federal and state authorities require prompt reporting of a spill. Failure to do so has led to criminal proceedings against Plains All American Pipeline, which caused a coastal spill near Santa Barbara in 2015, and Southern California Gas Co. for a massive well blowout later in the year.

A 2016 spill response plan for Amplify rigs submitted to federal regulators called for immediate notification to federal officials when more than one barrel of oil is released into water. Releases greater than five barrels – or that threaten state waters or the coastline – require immediate notification from the state fire marshal and California wildlife officials.

The pipeline was supposed to be monitored by an automated leak detection system that would report problems to a permanently staffed control room on the oil rig known as Elly.

The system has been designed to trigger an alarm whenever a change in oil flow is detected. But the speed at which it can account for these changes should vary depending on the size of the leak. For a large leak – 10% or more of the amount of oil flowing through the pipeline – the detection time was estimated to be 5 minutes. According to the response plan, smaller leaks were expected to take up to 50 minutes to detect.

The spill plan warned that a pipeline rupture could cause “substantial damage to the environment” and that in a worst-case scenario 3,111 barrels (131,000 gallons) of oil could be released from the pipeline .

Willsher said the required agencies were notified “instantly” when the company acknowledged the leak was from its pipeline. Records show the spill was not reported by Amplify Energy, but by Witt O’Brien’s, a crisis and emergency management company listed on the spill response plan as a point of contact to inform the NRC.

The report said the leaking pipe had been closed but containment was not confirmed. The cause of the rupture was unknown.

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said investigators were looking to determine if he could file a lawsuit against the state over the spill, even though the leak occurred in waters supervised by the US government. Other potential criminal investigations were being conducted by the US Department of Justice, Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, officials said.

Safety advocates have lobbied for years for federal rules that would tighten oil spill detection requirements and force companies to install valves that can automatically shut off the flow of crude in the event of a leak. The petroleum and pipeline industries have resisted these demands because of their high cost.

“If the operator had installed more valves on this line, he would now have a much better chance of isolating the point of failure,” said Bill Caram of the Pipeline Safety Trust, an organization based in Bellingham, Wash.

The pipeline was constructed using a process known as electrical resistance welding, according to a company regulatory filing. This welding process has been linked to past pipeline failures, as corrosion can occur along seams, according to government safety advisories and Caram.

Annual reports filed with federal regulators in 2019 and 2020 showed that inspections of the interior and exterior of the pipe did not reveal anything requiring repair.


Associated Press editors Michael Biesecker in Washington, Bernard Condon in New York, and Amy Taxin in Huntington Beach, Calif., Contributed to this report.

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Small Business Development Center bids farewell to Lennart Erickson – St George News https://utahbbq.org/small-business-development-center-bids-farewell-to-lennart-erickson-st-george-news/ Mon, 04 Oct 2021 12:53:36 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/small-business-development-center-bids-farewell-to-lennart-erickson-st-george-news/

ST. GEORGE – The Southern Utah Small Business Development Center bade farewell to its director, Lennart Erickson, on Wednesday morning.

Left to Right: Len Erickson and Dixie Technical College President Kelle Stephens walk arm in arm to cut the ribbon to celebrate the launch of the Dixie Business Alliance, St. George, Utah September 29, 2021 | Photo by David Dudley, St. George News

Erickson consulted over 1,400 clients during his 13-year tenure, which had a $ 44 million impact on the southern Utah economy.

Dixie Technical College President Kelle Stephens spoke a few words about Erickson to the audience who gathered for Wednesday morning’s list of events, which included two panels, a keynote speaker, a ribbon cutting to celebrate the launch of the new Dixie Business Alliance and recognition of Erickson’s departure.

“I had an office near Len’s,” Stephens says. “I had the opportunity to hear a lot of commercial arguments. Most of them thought they had big ideas. It was Len who must have said, ‘No, that will never work.’ … We all need someone like that, don’t we?

Erickson made the crowd laugh when he replied, “Not everyone would agree with you.”

Erickson watches Stephens prepare to cut the ribbon, St. George, Utah September 29, 2021 | Photo by David Dudley, St. George News

Erickson said he was responsible for feasibility reports, which considered a company’s strengths and weaknesses when their owners applied for loans. While some business owners took his advice to heart, others were more stubborn, he said, adding that sadly many of those companies didn’t.

Among them was a group looking to start a tire recycling business.

“I saw that they weren’t going to be able to have enough tires and that there was not much they could do with the tires they received,” Erickson said. “They weren’t going to have enough clients or customers, even though they had already invested in the business.”

In addition to the unsuccessful businesses, Erickson has helped over 240 other businesses get started, creating nearly 2,000 jobs. A statistics sheet distributed Wednesday said Erickson had spent more than 15,000 hours working with business owners.

Following Stephens’ comments, Jeff Mather, the new director of the Small Business Development Center, took the stage. Almost as soon as he started to speak, Mather held back tears.

Jeff Mather gives Len Erickson a framed stat sheet to commemorate Erickson’s accomplishments, St. George, Utah September 29, 2021 | Photo by David Dudley, St. George News

“Len worked for one of the worst bosses in history: the White Shark of Wall Street,” Mather said, referring to Thomas Mellon Evans, the financier who has been called one of the first corporate raiders. . Lobbying for shareholder rights, Evans used controversial tactics to gain control of more than eighty American corporations, ushering in a new era for corporations in 1950s America.

Mather went on to say that Erickson told him about a friend’s funeral which was packed with mourners.

“Len said he didn’t think he could get 10 people to come to his house,” Mather said. Then, drawing his attention to Erickson, he added, “Well, it’s not your funeral, but look how many people are here today.”

As Erickson moves from St. George to Salt Lake City, he said he will continue to work for the Small Business Development Center. As his 76th birthday approached, he recalled his father’s approaching retirement.

“My father was a lawyer in Denver,” he told St. George News. “He didn’t stop working until he was 80 years old. Work has reinvigorated him, and so am I.

Still, Erickson has said he intends to retire in the next few years. Until then, he will be spending his billable hours helping Salt Lake City clients get their businesses off the ground in a competitive economy.

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The Illini men’s basketball buzz – and the business – is already flowing in CU | Economy https://utahbbq.org/the-illini-mens-basketball-buzz-and-the-business-is-already-flowing-in-cu-economy/ Sun, 03 Oct 2021 15:15:00 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/the-illini-mens-basketball-buzz-and-the-business-is-already-flowing-in-cu-economy/

CHAMPAIGN – Associate director of ticketing, sales and customer service for track and field Illini watched last year’s men’s basketball team have a dream season in a hollowed out State Farm Center.

This year, the possibility that Jason Heggemeyer will still be able to hear players’ chatter or footsteps during home games is minimal.

This is because the student season tickets sold out on the same day they were made available. In three hours.

“They sold out faster than I expected. I knew they would be gone, but I didn’t think it would be that quick, ”said Heggemeyer. “It’s obviously a phenomenal sign of what people think of this team.”

What has changed since the last time the Illini men’s basketball team hit hardwood?

Of course, star guard and team leader Ayo Dosunmu left for the NBA.

But many veteran talent – including Trent Frazier, Da’Monte Williams and star center Kofi Cockburn – have decided to return.

Much of the evolution is off the field: the spectators will be in the arena. Several members of the team are taking advantage of deals under a new state law allowing them to earn money from their names, pictures and likenesses.

For the fans and business interests who live and breathe Illini basketball, it’s a whole new ball game. Because while the world has changed around them, the team on the pitch has a comfortable continuity.

“It’s like a 2.0, like we’re going to start all over and start all over again,” Heggemeyer said. “We are all hoping and expecting to be good again this year – all of that excitement is coming back – but it’s legitimate hype, because we actually won.”

Take it from Gameday Spirit’s Marketing Director Maclaine Stahl, who started selling basketball merchandise three months before the season’s typical ramp-up.

A swift and savvy partnership with Frazier produced “That’s Ca $ h”, a NIL-focused company t-shirts with the tagline of the Guardian on the Field.

“It doesn’t normally happen, selling basketball stuff in the middle of the summer,” Stahl said.

Mid-year sales were only months away from the business advantage that the team’s Big Ten tournament success and the onset of March Madness produced.

In-house products, like the team’s “script” white jersey set, garnered a lot of love during the nearly empty spring run.

With that in mind, Stahl finds it hard to think of an Illini basketball game with more excitement in the air.

“It has to be upwards,” he said. “With everything going the right way when everything’s shut down due to COVID, everyone is trying to build on what we had last year with most of the same actors.”

So far, over 1,500 people have purchased Illini season tickets. Some are still available, starting at around $ 410, Heggemeyer said.

Despite the buzz, there will be plenty of chances to find places in any of the Illini’s 19 home games this season. For potential customers, he said, be prepared when ticket sales for a game start on October 27 (tickets to the exhibit go on sale October 13).

“There are opportunities. Now is the time to start thinking about it and putting the date on the calendar, ”he said.

“I have to get a ticket”

Fortunately, one of the people who was least surprised by the September 1 student ticket sales was one of its biggest benefactors.

Phil Usen, senior UI and communications director for the Orange Krush, will see thousands of student buyers pouring right into his encouragement section.

“I saw it coming a bit,” he said. “Some of my closest friends who weren’t thinking about the first or second year on the team were like, ‘I have to get a ticket. “”

After a year with rare virtual student cheering section meetings, the renewed interest is motivating for the lifelong fan of Illini, who controls the group’s social media pages.

“It excites me to know that I have more responsibilities, more people who care about his performance and motivates me to update Twitter or keep people informed,” he said.

Its lineup has its management team and 25 Krush Captains, all selected for the coming year.

Another Illini basketball staple – the Rebounders Callback Club – is gearing up for monthly in-person meetings, which will take place this season at the I Hotel and Conference Center on First Street.

The five monthly lunches planned for this season begin in November. In addition to booking speakers, raffles and meetings, it takes a lot of organizational work, which Vice President Deanna Woodard is happy to do.

“It’s busy, but it’s exciting, because we can do it this year,” she said. “When it’s gone for a year, that’s what makes you even more excited.”

Boosters still came together pretty much every month last season, including a handful of digital lunches, but it wasn’t the same.

Before the pandemic, Woodard and her husband “hadn’t missed a single game,” she said. They have been members of Fund I for over 25 years. Her son coached basketball for four years, until 2019.

She’s hoping to see the Rebounders bounce back in membership this year, returning to the 400-plus entrants they’ve held in years past.

Family memberships cost $ 75, Orange Partner for $ 300 and Business Partners for $ 1,500, and all come with increasing levels of perks and lunch appearances.

A lion’s share of the funds go to supporting Illini’s basketball team, whether it’s buying costumes for the team, tickets for their trips abroad, or thronging them. ‘other things.

“When you come to lunches, buy your raffles, you are helping the organization that will do good things for the team,” she said.

“Better than last year” The Krush has its own fundraising feature. The blue, orange and VIP levels, which allow for earlier entry to the games, are achieved by students who help organize charitable donations to CU organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club, the Red Cross or the tournament. Knockout for Athletes Vs. Epilepsy.

Beyond these philanthropic events, they determine where to position the “Hype Night” student and whether to join one of the exhibition games on October 23 or 29.

Usen and his team are trying to determine if the home games over the winter break against Michigan and Purdue will have appearances at Orange Krush, as the two key clashes fall outside of the college semester.

As Usen noted, sophomore guard Andre Curbelo never played with the roar of his State Farm student section shaking the court. In the 2019-20 season, Illini’s men’s team set a home record of 15-3.

“I will also present the alternative: the teams came here last year and didn’t have to deal with the Orange Krush and the amount of energy they bring in,” Heggemeyer said.

The Krush rep was the only one to come up with his predictions for the season, which he described as “high” and “bullish”: “An undefeated non-conference and a 16-4 Big Ten record.”

He’s big on transfer talent – Omar Payne of Florida, Alfonso Plummer of Utah, Austin Hutcherson returning from injury.

He might be a prophet. CU fans and businesses certainly hope so.

“I honestly think we’ll be better than last year,” Usen said.

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