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The Biden administration’s top antitrust enforcers have asked Congress for more money to pursue their ambitious enforcement strategy, telling a Senate panel they are ‘overwhelmed’ by the legal power wielded by giant corporations.

During a Senate Antitrust Judiciary Subcommittee oversight hearing on Tuesday, Jonathan Kanter, the assistant attorney general for antitrust, said the Justice Department will litigate more mergers this year than any fiscal year on record. and remains “committed to carrying tough cases”.

Kanter’s testimony came the day after a federal judge rejected the department’s bid to block UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s acquisition of Change Healthcare Inc. for $7.8 billion, dealing a blow to the aggressive program of the division.

“While I’m proud of the work we’re doing, we lack the resources to fully address these challenges,” Kanter said, pointing out that the antitrust division now has 350 fewer people than it did in 1979.

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Lina Khan said in her monopolization case against Meta Platforms Inc., the commission was “one to 10.”

Read more: UnitedHealth gets court approval to change healthcare agreement

Khan said vigorous antitrust enforcement is essential to economic growth, adding that when industries consolidate, “prices go up, wages go down, and our markets become more fragile and less resilient.”

She said the agency has had “significant success with at least six mergers dropped due to an FTC lawsuit.”

The abandoned deals include the proposed acquisition by Lockheed Martin Corp. from Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. and the agreement from Nvidia Corp. to buy ARM from Softbank Group Corp. Three hospital groups also walked away from the merger, as did Great Outdoors Group, the tightly held owner of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, which was seeking to buy Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc.

Khan and Kanter, along with White House adviser Tim Wu, have been hailed as the Holy Trinity of a new antitrust movement advocating for stronger government in the face of market concentration. Their calls to return trust to its more aggressive roots by smashing the steel barons and oil tycoons of the last century have found enthusiastic support from progressives, as well as more populist Republicans who also speak out against the abuses of the corporate power.

This attitude has found a particularly rich target among the tech giants — both in legislation that seeks to restrict anticompetitive practices in the internet economy and in federal antitrust enforcement. Kanter’s DOJ division is suing Alphabet Inc.’s Google and investigating Apple Inc., while Khan’s FTC is suing Meta and investigating Amazon.com Inc.

Such cases, however, are tough after decades of what progressives see as lax enforcement and conservative rulings that have built case law favoring the idea that consolidation can benefit consumers with lower prices. Khan and Kanter have indicated that they are prepared to file aggressive lawsuits – even if they are difficult to win – to force companies to reconsider mergers and acquisitions which they will have to defend in court.

This year alone, the Justice Department was tried for blocking four deals, an unusually high number of cases that antitrust prosecutors must pursue at the same time. Rulings in three of the cases remain pending, and the antitrust division will appear in court next week in a fifth lawsuit against American Airlines Group Inc. and JetBlue Airways Corp. about a joint venture between the airlines.

The UnitedHealth merger challenge wasn’t the Justice Department’s only trial loss this year. In June, five chicken industry executives, including the former CEO of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., were found not guilty of price fixing after two landmark trials. Following the June trial loss, prosecutors dismissed charges against most other executives, Koch Foods Inc. and Claxton Poultry Farms Inc.

The FTC and the Justice Department are rewriting federal merger guidelines in an effort to persuade courts to block more deals.

Republican senators criticized Khan for what they described as politicizing the FTC. Mike Lee of Utah, the top Republican on the subcommittee, singled her out for being willing to “sacrifice the actual app for flashy headlines.”

“Getting good press isn’t enough,” Lee said. “What little we’ve seen from the FTC is legally questionable and misrepresented.”

Republican FTC commissioners Noah Phillips and Christine Wilson submitted a statement disagreeing with parts of the testimony approved by the three Democratic commissioners. Phillips and Wilson said the majority had misrepresented the agency’s work under Khan and complained of an “unfortunate departure from the agency’s tradition of working toward bipartisan consensus”.

Amy Klobuchar, chair of the Senate antitrust subcommittee, praised Khan and Kanter. She also reinforced the need for new legislation, such as her U.S. Online Innovation and Choice Act, to give the FTC and DOJ new rules and the power to stop America’s biggest tech companies. to abuse their dominant market position.

“We have many opportunities to create common sense rules to ensure that entrepreneurs and small businesses can compete on a level playing field, and also to give those who appear before us today more tools to do their jobs in a modern economy,” Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, said during the hearing.

However, momentum is slowing for Klobuchar’s bill, which has surpassed all US legislative efforts to tackle the market power of some of the world’s wealthiest companies. The Senate has only a few weeks and several competing priorities before leaving Washington for the November election.

More stories like this are available at bloomberg.com

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In 2022, Zac Efron got a desk job (kinda) https://utahbbq.org/in-2022-zac-efron-got-a-desk-job-kinda/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 01:49:58 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/in-2022-zac-efron-got-a-desk-job-kinda/

Kodiak Cakes’ commitment to sustainability and conservation is important to Efron, who has demonstrated his own eco-conscious beliefs on “Down to earth.” Throughout the eight-part Netflix series, Efron travels to Iceland to learn about renewable energy, lives off-grid in Costa Rica, and campaigns against biopiracy in Lima.

With Kodiak, Efron puts all of his weight behind the keep it wild initiative. The first sale of sold-out merchandise included limited-edition prints and apparel, with 100% of proceeds and a matching dollar donation from Kodiak Cakes going directly to grizzly bear and wildlife habitat conservation.

“We will continue to partner with artists and other brands to create limited edition products and apparel to raise funds for a range of conservation initiatives across North America focused on preserving ecosystems. delicate for wildlife and future generations,” Efron said.

“Keeping it wild” also extends to how the Kodiak Cakes team views its partnership with Efron. “We’re asking, ‘How can we make sure Zac is woven throughout the organization?'” Smith says. “Whether it’s through different products that we can launch with Zac’s imprint or other ways of doing good as a brand, we want Zac’s thoughts to be there. We want to stay close to him and we sure he helps us as we navigate some of these areas for Kodiak.

Of course, Kodiak Cakes also aims to be the best pancake mix in the world – and this partnership with Efron just might get them there.

“When I joined [Kodiak Cakes] in 2019, sales were just under $1 million,” Smith says. “I remember meeting another company at a food show, and they said they were making about $15 million in annual revenue. At the time, I thought, ‘Cow Holy shit, that’s over a million dollars a month.’ I remember thinking how cool it would be if Kodiak reached that level.

Kodiak far surpassed that level last year, making more than $300 million in annual revenue. “To see this and to see that someone like Zac is thrilled to partner with Kodiak and that athletes are saying they love the product, it takes my breath away,” Smith says.

In a meeting with Forbes earlier this year, Kodiak Cakes co-founder Joel Clark said the company was just one and a half points in market share from being the number one pancake mix brand on the market.

“When I started working with Joel, our pancake share was about 2% of the category. The pancake category was worth $300 million, and we had 2% of those dollars,” Smith says. “Today “Today, the pancake category has almost doubled, and as a brand, we are close to a 20% share.”

Today Kodiak Cakes is second only to Pearl Milling Company, formerly known as Aunt Jemima, and is rapidly gaining momentum. “We are passionate about not only becoming the number one brand, but also elevating what food can mean to consumers in this category,” Smith says. “When we become number one, we will have changed what pancakes mean to consumers.”

For the Kodiak Cakes team, pancakes are more than America’s favorite breakfast. Bayers believes the company’s products “fuel epic days and crazier lives.” and that an epic life can be achieved whether you’re a professional rock climber, a single mom starting her own business, or, in Zac Efron’s case, a movie star.

“A member of our management team once said that he fed his kids Kodiak cakes so they too could have epic days,” Bayers says. “Even if they’re just sending their kids to school, they want them to have an epic day where they meet new friends, do new things and anything is possible.”

Saturday night brings a long-awaited clash between UTSA and UT-Austin | UTSA today | UTSA https://utahbbq.org/saturday-night-brings-a-long-awaited-clash-between-utsa-and-ut-austin-utsa-today-utsa/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 15:46:52 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/saturday-night-brings-a-long-awaited-clash-between-utsa-and-ut-austin-utsa-today-utsa/

UTSA’s Frank Harris was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Player of the Week for his performance against the Army. Harris and the Roadrunners will travel to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, September 17. Photo by Dexter Jenkins

SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 — Thousands of Roadrunners will be road-trippers this weekend as UTSA Football makes the short trip north on Interstate 35 to take on the Texas Longhorns in Austin. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 17 at Darrell K. Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium. Saturday’s game will mark the first-ever meeting between the two institutions in the UT system on the gridiron.

UTSA (1-1) is riding high after a hugely entertaining 41-38 overtime win at Army on Sept. 10. The Roadrunners erased a 28-14 third quarter deficit with three straight touchdowns before the quarterback. Frank Harris connected with wide receiver OfCorian “JT” Clark on a 7-yard touchdown pass to seal the UTSA victory in overtime. It was the first time Army had lost an opener since 2015. Meanwhile, Jeff Traylor improved to 3-0 in road openers as Roadrunners head coach.

Harris put on another masterful performance at Army’s Michie Stadium. The senior quarterback completed 32 of 45 passes for 359 yards – just eight yards off the school record – and three passing touchdowns. He also added 30 rushing yards against the Black Knights. For his tremendous efforts, Harris was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Player of the Week Award. He also earned American Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second week in a row.

Harris was bolstered by wide receivers Zakhari Franklin and Joshua Cephus, who had 122 and 112 receiving yards, respectively. Franklin also participated in two touchdown receptions, including the 9-yard touchdown catch that sparked UTSA’s late game comeback.

The No. 20/21 Texas (1-1) played its own instant classic last Saturday, narrowly failing in its thwarted attempt against the then No. 1. 1 rated Alabama. Kicker Will Reichard threw a 33-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the game to lift the Crimson Tide to a 20-19 victory over the Longhorns. UTSA’s matchup with Texas on Saturday will be its third against a Top 25 team in the last four games (including the 2021 Frisco Bowl).

Saturday’s contest will be televised on Longhorn Network. Lowell Galindo provide play-by-play commentary alongside the analyst Sam Acho and journalist Alex Chappell. The radio show will air live on Ticket 760 AM in the San Antonio area and on channel 988 of the SiriusXM app. Andy Everett (game by game), Jay Riley (analyst) and pat evans (journalist) will call the action. The pre-game show will start at 5 p.m. and there will be a 45-minute post-game show. The radio show can also be listened to online at Ticket760.com and through the iHeartRadio and The Varsity Network apps.

Roadrunner fans traveling to Austin for Saturday’s game are invited to the UTSA Alumni Tailgate from 2-7 p.m. Attendees can park at 204 E. 17th St. The event will include an open bar sponsored by Bud Light, free food (such as breakfast tacos, sausage rolls, hot dogs, tacos pulled pork street food and ground beef sandwiches), cocktail tables, lounge chairs, HDTVs, tailgate games, misting fans, and restrooms.

Tickets for the UTSA Alumni Tailgate can be purchased from the UTSA Alumni Association and come with in and out privileges. Each ticket is $50, but shoppers can use promo code BIRDSUP for a $10 discount.

Longhorn City Limits offers another pre-game option. The Gameday Free Concert Series, located on the lawn of the LBJ Presidential Library (2313 Red River St.), will feature indie pop rock band Misterwives. The event starts at 3 p.m. Spectators can visit the Still Austin Music Lounge or Tito’s Tailgate to purchase drinks and the Stubb’s BBQ stand to purchase food.

Rangely is surrounded by a coal mine and over 1,000 oil wells. What will happen when we stop burning fossil fuels? https://utahbbq.org/rangely-is-surrounded-by-a-coal-mine-and-over-1000-oil-wells-what-will-happen-when-we-stop-burning-fossil-fuels/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 10:04:37 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/rangely-is-surrounded-by-a-coal-mine-and-over-1000-oil-wells-what-will-happen-when-we-stop-burning-fossil-fuels/

Without the fossil fuel industry, “I think Rangely would be a ghost town,” Mayor Andy Shaffer said.

Rangely is one of 11 counties that are the focus of the Colorado Office of Just Transition, which state lawmakers created three years ago to support regions whose economies rely heavily on coal.

The bureau has given local governments more than $4 million so far this year for projects that could help replace industry jobs and income. During the 2022 legislative session, lawmakers approved an additional $15 million for the office.

“More ghost towns would be a failure,” said office manager Wade Buchanan. “Ghost towns testify to the brutality of certain economic transitions of our past.”

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Rangely Mayor Andy Shaffer poses inside Rangely Town Hall, September 3, 2022. Shaffer works as a supervisor for a regional natural gas company.
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The closed site of an ancient Gilsonite vein outside of Rangely, Colorado on September 3, 2022

“I think we aspire to do this differently,” he said.

Coal-fired power plants in Colorado have already shut down or are scheduled to shut down by the end of 2030. Craig and Hayden received millions of dollars in pandemic relief this summer from the federal government for economic development projects. The Cut Inflation Act passed this summer also promises more generous tax credits for cities that replace their fossil fuel operations with clean energy projects.

Rangely’s coal operations are governed by Utah regulations. However, Colorado’s move away from fossil fuels has forced city officials to look for other assets that could keep the city alive, Shaffer said. This includes the local campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College and a regional airport, which hosts the school’s aviation program.

Some folks at Rangely think it’s time to look above ground at the economic potential that outdoor recreation has to offer. The industry adds $9.6 billion in market value to the state’s economy, according to estimates by the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

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Rodger Polley, front left, tells visitors about the Gilsonite mining that happened around Rangely, Colorado on September 3, 2022.

“I’m a recreation fanatic and I know how much money people have to spend on recreation,” said Jocelyn Mullen, urban planner and engineer at Rangely.

Industry jobs aren’t well paid, she said, but that should be seen as part of Rangely’s bid to expand its economy.

Rangely has already tapped into some of these activities, including off-road and other tire sports. Mullen is now focused on mapping mountain bike trails and expanding access to another natural amenity: the White River, which stretches from Utah to the White River National Forest, but is hidden behind trees and tall brush in Rangely.

The State Office of Just Transition awarded Rangely nearly $400,000 this year to help build boat ramps and make the stretch of river more welcoming to kayakers, paddleboarders and the rafters. Mullen, a self-proclaimed “river rat,” said the toughest challenge was getting other people on board in town.

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The TANK Center for Sonic Arts, a redeveloped water treatment facility in Rangely, Colorado that now hosts shows, September 3, 2022.

“People have been bluntly saying things like, ‘We don’t want kayakers wearing spandex on our property,'” she said.

City revenue from federal mining taxes and leases fell 58% from 2019 to 2020, according to financial documents provided by Mullen. She said the decline has led residents to rethink the economic potential of kayaking, including visitors buying food, filling up their cars or camping.

Mayor Shaffer arrived at Rangely Town Hall on a recent Saturday evening in a red four-wheeler with no windows and lockable seat belts. He takes it on long trips with his daughter and has offered to take this reporter by car to see Rangely from a higher vantage point. Shaffer drove slowly down the main street of town, then accelerated ferociously as he turned onto a dirt road and climbed a rocky hill.

Earlier in the day, Shaffer said recreation can only be a seasonal activity in northwest Colorado and cannot offset taxes and jobs in the fossil fuel industry year-round.

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The “Carrot Men” pictographs, from prehistoric cave paintings located outside of Rangely, Colorado, September 3, 2022.

Others are more optimistic about its potential. Jen Rea, associate dean of the Colorado Northwestern Community College campus and friend of Mullen, said recreation and tourism could put Rangely on the map.

“I think the most important thing is just to get us out there…and target the right audience,” said Rea, who often paddles the White River and visits other nearby city features, including the prehistoric cave paintings known as the “Carrot Men”.

Angie Miller, Rea’s colleague and friend, said she was constantly thinking about Rangely’s post-fossil fuel future. It’s one, she says, that won’t depend on just one industry, but on many.

“If I’m really mired in fear, I’m not going to do any good,” Miller said. “I won’t be able to see the possibilities around us.”

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Rangely, Colorado, September 3, 2022.

Ex-Summit County Inmate Turns A New Leaf With Painting https://utahbbq.org/ex-summit-county-inmate-turns-a-new-leaf-with-painting/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 00:26:18 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/ex-summit-county-inmate-turns-a-new-leaf-with-painting/

OGDEN, Utah – The rain has a way of changing plans, but for a former Summit County inmate, the show goes on.

Matt Henderson had a lot in mind for his outdoor art exhibit in Ogden until it started to rain.

“We were going to have some chalk art and a little festival going on,” Henderson said.

He still decided to go ahead with what he could with barbecue, crafts and music.

“I mean, we’re here for a reason,” he said.

After what he went through, there was no way a light rain could stop him.

“Yes, 23. I was seventeen when I got sent to the max. It was burglary, theft and forgery,” Henderson explained. due to my drug use.”

Henderson has spent most of his adult life inside and outside of prison. However, it was there that he learned the art.

“I bought all the books I could find. I learned that on my own,” he said.

Henderson did some paintings while being held in Summit County Jail earlier this year. He was surprised when people outside the prison said he was pretty good.

“A lot of people started focusing on, ‘hey look, there’s something here.’ I couldn’t realize that until recently,” he recalls.

Now that he’s out, Henderson has found people are willing to pay him for his work.

Henderson draws and paints as often as he can while working full time and being husband and father. He hopes his story will inspire others, especially those still in prison, there is always hope.

“We have so many people spinning and coming back and coming back, and it sucks. It sucks,” Henderson said. “If these guys see there’s a way back, man, let me be the example. Let me show them. You know, that’s what I want.

Garry Walker used to visit Henderson while he was in prison. He worked with him and talked to him to help him find a better life.

“[Henderson] is really special. He has a soft heart and is a very kind and loving person. He had such an impact on the inmates of the prison. Changed its nature. It can be depressing in there, but he made it light and airy,” Walker said.

Some of his former cellmates also came to his show on Saturday morning and afternoon in a parking lot in Ogden. They are proud of what he has become.

“He’s always been a good guy, but it’s good now to see the transition,” said Ryan Evans, who spent time in jail with Henderson.

It’s the kind of transition Henderson never thought possible until he did.

“My dream is coming true now. I love life, I love God and I love everything in this world now,” Henderson said.

Utah desert farms thrive on water from the shrinking Colorado River https://utahbbq.org/utah-desert-farms-thrive-on-water-from-the-shrinking-colorado-river/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 14:13:20 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/utah-desert-farms-thrive-on-water-from-the-shrinking-colorado-river/

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — The nation’s second-driest state, Utah, doesn’t supply much water to the Colorado River as it flows from the headwaters of the Rocky Mountains through Canyonlands National Park to the lake. Powell.

Utah has a unique position in the middle of the river basin, geographically and politically, and it wields less influence than thirstier, more populous states like Colorado, California, and Arizona.

Its sprawling urban centers along the Wasatch Front, home to 80% of the state’s population, lie outside the Colorado River Basin and rely less on the river than cities like Phoenix or Las Vegas. Only 27% of the water used in Utah comes from the Colorado River, with the majority of the state’s water supply coming from other rivers that feed into the Great Salt Lake.


EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a collaborative series on the Colorado River as we approach the 100th anniversary of the historic Colorado River Compact. The Associated Press, Colorado Sun, Albuquerque Journal, Salt Lake Tribune, Arizona Daily Star and Nevada Independent are working together to explore pressures on the river in 2022.


Under a 1948 agreement, Utah is entitled to 23% of the water used by the four states in the upper Colorado River basin – receiving less water than Colorado but more than Wyoming or New -Mexico – and it typically uses about 1 million acre-feet of Colorado water every year.

For decades, Utah has sought to develop diversions of the river by pursuing projects like the controversial Lake Powell Pipeline, which would transport 86,000 acre-feet of water from the reservoir to St. George and surrounding areas. But the state’s use has remained relatively stable since 1994 despite its rapidly growing population.

However, twenty-two years of drought in the basin prompted the Bureau of Reclamation to exert more pressure on Utah and the other six Colorado River states to reduce their use and abandon development plans, and States are preparing to renegotiate water use guidelines. which expire in 2026.

Utah’s designated representative in the talks, Utah’s Colorado River Commissioner Gene Shawcroft, said the drought has made planning difficult.

“It’s hard to forecast four or five years if you can’t see past next spring,” Shawcroft said. “Part of our challenge from the start has been to really focus on the renegotiations when faced with such a critical day-to-day situation.”

Shawcroft said Utah is committed to planning for 2026 while participating in more immediate water negotiations, such as the Bureau of Reclamation’s call on basin water users to reduce their use until to 30% next year to stabilize rapid depletion levels in Lakes Powell and Hydromel.

Utah is aggressively pursuing conservation measures through an extensive series of state laws passed this year, Shawcroft added, including a law that allows farmers to opt out of irrigation without losing their water rights. ‘water. But he said restoring the system to balance will likely require the biggest reductions to come from the largest water users in downstream states.

Jack Schmidt, director of the Center for Colorado River Studies at Utah State University, said that since 2001 agriculture has used more than two-thirds of the water in Utah’s Colorado River. Another 15% is pumped out of the basin, mainly to feed the Wasatch Front.

More than 300,000 acres of land in the state is irrigated with water from the Colorado River, primarily to grow forage crops to feed livestock like alfalfa.

“Given the fact that 70 percent of the Colorado River’s total water is used by (agriculture),” Schmidt said, “it’s hard to imagine that agriculture won’t suffer the most significant cuts. “

But reductions in water use don’t have to hurt farmers’ bank accounts. “Farming could very well be fairly compensated for setting aside their fields,” he said.

Environmental groups like the Utah Rivers Council have pointed to Utah’s residential water usage – the highest in the basin, per capita – and low water rates as evidence that greater conservation in this area is possible and necessary.

The potential decommissioning of coal-fired power plants in Utah over the next decade, which use 6% of the Colorado River’s water, could also free up some of the supply for conservation or other uses.

Another consideration is tribal water rights in Utah, which must be satisfied by the state’s share of Colorado River water.

A court decree recognized the Ute Indian tribe’s right to 144,000 acre-feet of water, but the tribe can receive significantly more water if it settles its water rights claims with the state and government federal.

The Utah portion of the Navajo Nation settled its water rights in May and has a recognized right to 81,500 acre-feet.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said his administration’s priority is to supply the thousands of Navajo homes in Utah that still lack running water, but he said the tribe may consider renting the rest of its water to other users.

“If we’re going to sit on paper water, as they say,” Nez said, “and we’re not able to use it, we might as well rent it to those who need it.”

All of these factors will likely have a role to play as basin states renegotiate guidelines ahead of 2026.

Utah’s goals in future discussions, according to Shawcroft, will be to push for greater adaptability while ensuring that states share water surpluses or reductions equitably as availability changes.

“I think we have to be resilient across a wide range of flows,” he said, “whether lower…or higher.”

SBA chief visits Utah to discuss local small businesses and post-pandemic growth https://utahbbq.org/sba-chief-visits-utah-to-discuss-local-small-businesses-and-post-pandemic-growth/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 20:13:15 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/sba-chief-visits-utah-to-discuss-local-small-businesses-and-post-pandemic-growth/

SALT LAKE CITY — On Friday, Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the US Small Business Association, traveled to Utah for a tour of Beehive State.

“Utah is one of the best places to do business,” Guzman said.

One of his stops was Alpha Cafe location in downtown Salt Lake City.

Alpha Coffee owners Lori and Carl Churchill said it’s thanks to the SBA that their business has been able to grow even during the pandemic.

“It’s a labor of love – with a strong focus on hard work,” said Carl Churchill.

Churchill said a conversation over coffee sparked their idea for their small business.

The Small Business Administration was instrumental in helping them start their business.

“For us, the SBA was essential. I mean, we opened our first cafe with an SBA loan,” Churchill said.

That’s why this meeting is special, because Guzman visited their company. Additionally, she was a keynote speaker for the Small Business Digital Alliance.

Small businesses obviously face challenges in this economy because we all see inflationary pressures or a tight labor market,” Guzman said.

She said they have seen an increase in small business start-ups across the country.

“The Biden-Harris administration is committed to building an economy that works for everyone. From the bottom up, that means small businesses,” Guzman said.

Millcreek prepares to accept new temporary homeless shelter https://utahbbq.org/millcreek-prepares-to-accept-new-temporary-homeless-shelter/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 17:05:29 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/millcreek-prepares-to-accept-new-temporary-homeless-shelter/

Millcreek • Worried residents have scattered to a corner of the same small, empty library in Millcreek where some of Utah’s homeless will sleep warm in the worst of winter.

News that this suburban community next to Salt Lake City will house up to 100 homeless adults each night from October or November through mid-April in an overflow shelter at the former Calvin L. Smith Library n is not welcome in many neighborhoods. And it suddenly came to the point of taking many residents and even elected officials by surprise.

“None of us have had this much time,” Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini said Thursday night.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Millcreek will host a temporary overflow homeless shelter as the former Calvin S. Smith Library at 810 E. 3300 South is prepared Wednesday, August 31, 2022 for this winter to prevent homeless Utahns to come in from the cold.

This will be the second go-around for the immediate neighborhood near 800 East and 3300 South since hosting shelter at a vacant memory care center a block away in 2020 — as the COVID-19 pandemic- 19 intensified. This establishment attracted a call from the police for the season, but it had 60 beds and this one is larger. There is a school just across the street.

Additionally, like the rest of Salt Lake County, Millcreek residents have seen increased issues with homelessness in general worsening since the coronavirus, with illegal camping, littering, crime, substance abuse, mental illness and human misery and misery more often exposed to the public.

Many who showed up Thursday night at the Old County Library at 810 E. 3300 South for Millcreek’s first hearing on how he will deal with the effects of the shelter were upset.

Brianne Johnson works at 3900 South and said she regularly faces drug use, prostitution and vagrants being escorted out of her building. The concern now is that the refuge will bring more.

“It’s not the homeless situation. It’s the drug,” Johnson said. “I feel like it’s just quadrupled, and it’s all over our face.”

But the public comments weren’t just opposition and pitchforks. Several speakers said they thought it was the compassionate thing to do, to great applause.

Kara Pope, who lives near 1500 East and 3100 South, said “these people are human. You all know that. I think we need to catch our breath and realize that not everyone is a drug addict and not everyone is going to pee in your backyard. There are many people who need help. »

Silvestrini, a second-term mayor, said it directly to the crowd of about 150 concerned residents and business owners, some of them clearly angry and fearful: It’s no longer yes or no under the new short-term term of the Utah Legislature in Salt Lake County. mayors. It is now a discussion of how best Millcreek can cope, he said, “with the least negative impact”.

Then he told Jill’s story.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) People comment at a public meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2022 to discuss and get feedback on the temporary homeless shelter coming to Millcreek this winter at the vacant Calvin S. Smith.

Volunteering at a nearby food bank for the past few months, Silvestrini’s duty has been to stagger vehicles in a drive-thru line to collect food. He met a teacher who came regularly and obviously lived in his car. He learned that she was a lifelong Millcreek resident. Medical problems left her disabled and she lost her job and then her home.

“I can’t stand the thought of people like Jill wintering in their car or on the street as it freezes over this winter without shelter,” Silvestrini said, clearly emotional. “That’s the humanitarian reason why I believe our city needs to step up.”

No more blaming the problem on Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake and Midvale, host to the county’s leading homeless resource centers. “It’s a statewide problem,” the mayor told nervous residents, “and a Millcreek problem.”

The mayor promises the city “is on it”, with Deputy City Manager and Director of Planning Francis Lilly as the main contact with the public. “My role here is to help this neighborhood absorb the impact,” said Lilly, who lives a few blocks away himself. “I’ve seen that happen in the past, and I think we can do it because we’re strong enough.”

Enhanced neighborhood security

Millcreek City Council members and Midvale Mayor Marcus Stevenson attended Thursday’s meeting in solidarity with Silvestrini’s decision, and Utah Homeless Services Coordinator Wayne Niederhauser said “We are here to support Millcreek and we appreciate what you are doing as a town.

“We made sure it’s not something permanent and it’s going to be something that goes to another city next year,” Niederhauser said. “We try to make sure everyone takes their turn.”

With at least $500,000 from the Legislative Assembly to cushion the effects of the sheltering, Millcreek will request two additional police officers to be deployed primarily on foot patrol. The city will also hire a contractor to pick up trash and waste, and is considering helping residents with items like lighting and security cameras.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Millcreek City Council member Silvia Catten speaks at a public meeting Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, to discuss and get feedback on the temporary overflow shelter for the homeless. shelter that will arrive in Millcreek this winter at the vacant Calvin S Smith Library.

“No Camping” signs go up on streets within 1,000 feet of the shelter and in Scott Avenue Park and officers are planning enhanced enforcement and targeted sweeps, said Steve DeBry, deputy chief of the Millcreek precinct of the Unified Police Department and a county. Member of the board.

Switchpoint, the service provider that operated the winter overflow shelter at nearby Osmond Living Center two years ago, will operate this, with additional private security.

“We can’t lock the doors”

The overflow shelter will be open between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., officials reassure, with strict separation between men and women. No meals, showers or social services will be available there.

“This is not a walk-in facility,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, who also thanked the city for its assistance with what she said was a national issue.

“All of us are affected,” Wilson said.

As overflow limits at other shelters are maximum, people who have nowhere to go will be screened before coming to Millcreek by bus or van, including full searches of their belongings and checks against the state sex offender registry. Drugs, weapons and other contraband will be confiscated, DeBry said.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Switchpoint’s Christy Johnson listens during a town hall meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2022, to discuss and get feedback on the temporary overflow shelter for the homeless that will be coming to Millcreek this winter at Vacant Calvin S. Smith Library.

Those cleared for transport cannot be forced to stay once they arrive, “but that’s the expectation,” said Switchpoint’s Christy Johnson. “We cannot lock the doors.

“We know this is where you live and we want you to feel safe,” Johnson told Millcreek residents. “We also feel it is very important that our neighbours, our brothers and sisters, people who are part of this community who may be experiencing homelessness have shelter.

“We just want to be safe”

Petty crimes against homes and businesses and traumatic encounters involving drug addicts or those in mental distress have prompted many Millcreek residents to speak out.

Trae Eller, owner of Charlotte-Rose’s Carolina BBQ, said it wasn’t right to be demonized as apparently not caring about homeless people because they didn’t want shelter.

“We just want to be safe,” Eller said, recalling a day when small children being terrorized on the street by a homeless person ran into her store. He also complained about the short notice. “We have known for two weeks! Let me tell you where to drop a bomb near you in two weeks!

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) People comment at a public meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2022, to discuss and get feedback on the temporary homeless overflow shelter coming to Millcreek this winter at the library vacant Calvin S. Smith.

Others spoke of experiences of homelessness or helping those who had lived that way.

Erin Vistnes, a neighboring resident, worked as a case manager at the Fourth Street Clinic in Salt Lake City in 2021 when the county had no overflow shelter.

“My job is to tell people every night that they have to sleep outside,” Vistnes said. “I’m 24. It’s a devastating responsibility for me and my other social workers to take on.”

She never imagined seeing so many patients with frostbite and other injuries in a single night in the deep cold, let alone the number of homeless deaths in Salt Lake City that year.

Vistnes called the relief to learn that Millcreek would host the shelter this year “incredible”.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson responds to a comment during a town hall meeting Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, to discuss the temporary homeless overflow shelter that will will arrive in Millcreek this winter at the Calvin S. Smith Library.

UT Tyler Engineering ranked among America’s top 50 programs – The Gilmer Mirror https://utahbbq.org/ut-tyler-engineering-ranked-among-americas-top-50-programs-the-gilmer-mirror/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 11:18:51 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/ut-tyler-engineering-ranked-among-americas-top-50-programs-the-gilmer-mirror/

September 15, 2022

The University of Texas at Tyler College of Engineering is ranked 42nd nationally by U.S. News and World Report, as shown in the list of top undergraduate (non-doctoral) engineering programs released this week. The College of Engineering has steadily climbed the publication’s Top 100 list for four consecutive years, this time up from last year’s ranking of 75.

For the second year in a row, UT Tyler is the highest-ranked public institution in Texas for undergraduate engineering programs without a doctorate. This is just one of UT Tyler’s most recent rankings. The U.S. News and World Report list also ranked UT Tyler’s undergraduate nursing programming 112th, and the university is 35th on the Washington Monthly’s 2023 list of colleges for best shot of ranked colleges for Buck’s list of South Colleges.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by such prestigious publications as US News and World Report and Washington Monthly,” said UT Tyler President Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP. “I would like to thank the deans and professors for their commitment to providing our students with the best education.”

UT Tyler provides the only comprehensive engineering school in East Texas, offering degree programs in chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, as well as a new computer engineering program slated to launch in next fall. The college also offers construction management programs with teaching sites at the university’s main campus in Tyler and the UT Tyler Houston Engineering Center in Houston.

“This recognition by US News and World Report reflects our faculty and staff’s continued commitment to providing students with an engaging and meaningful experience,” said Javier Kypuros, PhD, Dean of the College of Engineering. “Our breadth of current and emerging undergraduate programs rivals research institutions in major metroplexes across the state, and as evidenced by the placement of our alumni in industry-leading companies around the world, the College of Engineering strives to prepare alumni who will be agents of change in their organizations and communities.

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler recently merged with the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Tyler (now known as the UT Tyler Health Sciences Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research, and excellent patient care. Listed by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by US News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine, and Houston.