utah state – Lindon Utah http://lindonutah.org/ Sun, 27 Mar 2022 05:43:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://lindonutah.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/icon-28.png utah state – Lindon Utah http://lindonutah.org/ 32 32 Utah Sports Hall of Fame to Honor Title IX Anniversary | News, Sports, Jobs https://lindonutah.org/utah-sports-hall-of-fame-to-honor-title-ix-anniversary-news-sports-jobs/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 00:01:46 +0000 https://lindonutah.org/utah-sports-hall-of-fame-to-honor-title-ix-anniversary-news-sports-jobs/ Photo by Brian Winter, Daily Herald BYU volleyball head coach Elaine Michaelis in the BYU vs. Wyoming game on October 4, 1997. The Utah Sports Hall of Fame Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX with a special exhibit beginning Tuesday, March 8 and running through the end of […]]]>

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BYU volleyball head coach Elaine Michaelis in the BYU vs. Wyoming game on October 4, 1997.

The Utah Sports Hall of Fame Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX with a special exhibit beginning Tuesday, March 8 and running through the end of June.

Admission to the museum, located at the northwest corner of the City Creek Mall, is free. It is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. There is free two-hour parking at City Creek.

Landmark legislation established competitive equity, removed barriers for women and girls, and created new and greater opportunities in athletics, education, and professional careers.

The museum features members of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, including many pioneering female athletes. Special Title IX will feature 10 pioneering women in Utah sports.

They include Fern Gardner of Utah and Utah State; BYU’s Lu Wallace; BYU’s Elaine Michaelis; Weber State’s Carol Westmoreland; Kathryn Berg of SUU; Norma Carr of SLCC and Davis High School; Enid Enniss of Brighton High; Leila Ogden of Orem High and Shirley Allen of Cottonwood High.

These women helped dispel myths about girls and sport, break down barriers and open doors. They laid the groundwork for scholarships and economic opportunities for women in athletics.

The special exhibit is located inside the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Museum, which features a variety of hands-on exhibits and sports memorabilia.



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Courtroom artist Scott Snow shows off his sketches at Gallery East https://lindonutah.org/courtroom-artist-scott-snow-shows-off-his-sketches-at-gallery-east/ Mon, 31 Jan 2022 11:05:06 +0000 https://lindonutah.org/courtroom-artist-scott-snow-shows-off-his-sketches-at-gallery-east/ Press release An exhibit, “Courtroom Art Retrospective: 40 Years of Scott Snow Sketches,” featuring the work of Salt Lake City artist/illustrator Scott Snow, will be on display in the East Gallery from USU Eastern from February 1 to 25. Scott Snow has been a courtroom artist for over 35 years, drawing for all major television […]]]>

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An exhibit, “Courtroom Art Retrospective: 40 Years of Scott Snow Sketches,” featuring the work of Salt Lake City artist/illustrator Scott Snow, will be on display in the East Gallery from USU Eastern from February 1 to 25.

Scott Snow has been a courtroom artist for over 35 years, drawing for all major television news organizations including CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX News, as well as local news channels KUTV and KSL where he started. He grew up in Salt Lake City, attended public school including Highland High School and legendary art teacher Harold Peterson. He graduated from Utah State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising, Art, and Communication and a minor in Illustration and Painting. Besides courtroom art, Snow established himself as a graphic designer and illustrator.

Snow’s foray into courtroom art came unexpectedly. “I had no idea I would become a courtroom performer,” he says. “It was not premeditated. I was a freelance illustrator and artist working in Salt Lake and building a small but stable reputation. Then the opportunity presented itself. An acquaintance called who worked at KSL-TV news saying they needed a courtroom performer. He asked if he could do that stuff. Without hesitation, I said yes but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Instructed to bring my art materials and speak to Spence Kinard, the news director, I found myself in the newsroom sketching a reporter. It was my audition. When Spence returned, his verdict was, “I think that sounds pretty like him.” He summoned me to draw in court the next day. That was it. I was a courtroom performer.

His working method may seem a little messy to some, but it is efficient. “I work in pastel on large colored paper with a napkin on my lap, a rather messy medium. I’ve trashed a few courtroom rugs in my day, but the pastels let me get to the subject very quickly and are very forgiving,” he explains. “I was the first to enter court in this region with pastels and large colored paper. Before my time, artists used colored pencils on oversized white sketchbooks. It didn’t seem very appealing to me to have a white surface staring at you under the designs as they were shown on color TV. I think it’s really nice to see the richly colored backgrounds with the designs jumping across the TV screen. Colored paper gives the drawing a head start.

Twenty-nine selected drawings will be presented in the exhibition. “You’ll notice many different colors of paper in the show,” says Snow. “Each is chosen for a particular reason when I begin a drawing, either to complement or contrast, create emotion or help tone a scene. Colors do amazing things. To start a trial, I render a wide courtroom scene that the cameraman can walk through while reporting. It includes the judge, the defendant and the lawyers. I need to achieve all of this and simultaneously attract all the important witnesses. The first day can be the most intense. A drawing can take half an hour to an hour, but sometimes the window of opportunity can only be a few minutes. Needless to say, a courtroom performer has to be quick.

“Everything you see in this exhibit (apart from artist depictions like the Wilberg mine disaster or working drawings) was started and finished in the courtroom,” Snow explains. “No additional work or retouching takes place. There just isn’t the time. The drawings go directly from my hands to the editorial team.

Snow has created courtroom art for some of Utah’s most notorious court hearings and trials. He has also covered several major cases in federal court. Some of his most important designs, including those made for the Singer-Swapp Standoff Trial, the Mark Hoffman Murders Trial, the Bill Gates Software Suit, the Wilberg Mine Disaster, and the Elizabeth Smart Kidnapping Trial, will be featured in the exhibit.

USU Eastern’s Gallery East is located in the Central Instruction Building and its exhibits are free and open to the public during the academic year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on weekends and holidays. The gallery observes COVID-19 precautions, including face coverings and a limit of 10 people in the gallery at a time.

Snow’s exhibition reception will take place on February 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. He will discuss his work and answer visitors’ questions.

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Utah’s economy to gain new momentum at Point of the Mountain, near Silicon Slopes https://lindonutah.org/utahs-economy-to-gain-new-momentum-at-point-of-the-mountain-near-silicon-slopes/ Sat, 11 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://lindonutah.org/utahs-economy-to-gain-new-momentum-at-point-of-the-mountain-near-silicon-slopes/ This year, Utah was featured in the national spotlight as the No.1 economy and one of the best states in the country for infrastructure and financial stability, according to US News & World Report. As we look to 2022, we are confident that our state will continue to lead the country as we develop new […]]]>

This year, Utah was featured in the national spotlight as the No.1 economy and one of the best states in the country for infrastructure and financial stability, according to US News & World Report.

As we look to 2022, we are confident that our state will continue to lead the country as we develop new economic and quality of life opportunities for Utahns. One of the state’s priorities for advancing these opportunities is The Point, which is the new redevelopment project for the soon-to-be-relocated Utah State Prison site in Draper.

The Point consists of 600 acres of state-owned land that will foster innovation and technological advancement, provide parks and open spaces, support economic growth, and improve the quality of life for the Utahns. Plans for the site will soon become a reality when inmates move to the state’s new correctional facility in the summer of 2022. Utah residents couldn’t have asked for a better time to create this new one. economic center.

Utah is uniquely positioned to make The Point the epicenter of our premier economy. The Point sits at the heart of our state’s vibrant high-tech industry, known as Silicon Slopes, and in the town of Draper, which was recognized as the sixth best place to live in the nation by the magazine. Money. Additionally, Utah has a young, educated workforce that is ready for additional options to live, work, and recreate in the Wasatch Front.

The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority recently released the Master Plan for The Point, a major milestone that reflects the contributions of more than 10,000 Utahns. We are encouraged by the active participation of so many Utahns who shared their priorities during our visioning and planning processes.

The Master Plan will guide future development that advances the public interest. As trusted stewards of the public’s investment in the site, we proactively plan for future development in a way that maximizes the economic return and lifestyle of all Utahns.

For example, the master plan includes more than a dozen iconic elements that directly reflect what the Utahns have said they want, including a new innovation district for advanced research and education, an extensive regional network of parks and trails and a balanced mix of land uses for retail, entertainment and housing.

As co-chairs of the land authority, we are committed to taking world-class sustainability measures such as a state-of-the-art air quality laboratory, electric vehicle charging stations, self-automated shuttles and a seamless public transit system.

The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority has released new renderings of what development in southern Salt Lake County might look like, including this rendering of the Main Street commercial area.
Mountain State Land Authority Update

The Point is designed as a ’15 minute town’ where residents and visitors can access all daily needs such as jobs, housing, retail, food, recreation and entertainment within 15 minutes. minutes walk from a public transport stop. We expect The Point to become known around the world and loved locally as the “Utah Innovation Community”.

With so many important elements planned for The Point, it’s crucial that we select qualified development partners who can bring the audience’s vision to life. Over the next few months, we will oversee an open, transparent and competitive selection process to identify private sector partners who have extensive experience in building sustainable communities on a large scale and who will promote public interest in the site. The in-depth verification process will take several months, with the selection of the development partner (s) scheduled for summer 2022.

The Point is on the way to becoming a reality, and we expect it will provide significant economic and quality of life opportunities for Utahans for generations to come. We look forward to many more opportunities for the Utahns to help us take stock. For more information about The Point, visit thepointutah.org.

Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson and Representative Lowry Snow are co-chairs of the Point of the Mountain State Land Authority.

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Cal Basketball: Preview Box for Sunday’s Game in Utah https://lindonutah.org/cal-basketball-preview-box-for-sundays-game-in-utah/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 18:22:16 +0000 https://lindonutah.org/cal-basketball-preview-box-for-sundays-game-in-utah/ [ad_1] Cal will be looking to play Pac-12 2-0 for the first time in six seasons when he faces Utah in Salt Lake City on Sunday at 2 p.m. PT. Cal comes off a 73-61 victory over Oregon State in its conference opener Thursday, while Utah lost its first Pac-12 game to USC 93-73 on […]]]>


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Cal will be looking to play Pac-12 2-0 for the first time in six seasons when he faces Utah in Salt Lake City on Sunday at 2 p.m. PT.

Cal comes off a 73-61 victory over Oregon State in its conference opener Thursday, while Utah lost its first Pac-12 game to USC 93-73 on Wednesday. Not only did the Utes lose that game, their starting center Branden Carlson was injured and may not be available for Sunday’s game.

Cal beat Utah in Salt Lake City last year, but lost to the Utes in Berkeley. This Utah squad looks very unlike last year’s Utah squad, which is chock-full of transfers under first-year coach Craig Smith.

“When you go on the road you have to avoid a fight,” Cal coach Mark Fox said in the video at the top of this story.

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CAL (4-4, 1-0 Pac-12) to UTAH (5-2, 0-1 Pac-12)

OR: Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

WHEN: Sunday, 2 p.m. PT.

TV: Pac-12 Networks – Todd Harris (play-by-play) and Matt Muehlebach (analyst)

RADIO: 810-AM

HISTORY OF CAL-UTAH: The all-time series is tied 18-18. The teams split their two games last season, each winning on the opponent’s field. Cal beat the Utes 72-63 in Salt Lake City, and Utah then beat the Golden Bears 76-75 in Berkeley.

CAL STORIES: The Bears opened the Pac-12 game with a 73-61 victory over Oregon State in Berkeley on Thursday. . . . Jordan Shepherd had 25 points for Cal in that game and had 3 of 4 three-pointers. Andre Kelly added 20 points and 13 rebounds, and he ranks third in the Pac-12 for score (16.6 points), second for rebounds (9.6) and second for field goal percentage ( 67.5%). In the last four games, Kelly has succeeded 77.4% of his field goal attempts (24v31). Shepherd is averaging 14.6 points and is hitting 37% of his three points. . . . The Bears hope to start the Pac-12 game 2-0 for the first time since 2015-16, when Cuonzo Martin was Cal’s head coach. . . . The Bears are second in the Pac-12 in three-point shooting percentage, at 35.2%, but are 10th in revenue margin, averaging 1.38 more in revenue than takeaways for the season. . . Cal is last in the Pac-12 in assists at 9.75 per game and 11th in the conference for steals at 5.25 per game. . . Cal topped Oregon State 42-24, and the plus-18 rebound margin was the Bears’ highest since passing Oregon State by 20 on February 24, 2017. . . Eleven different players started games for Cal last season. This season, the same five players have started all eight games for Cal: Kelly, Shepherd, Grant Anticevich, Kuany Kuany and Joel Brown.

UTAH STORIES: Craig Smith faces injury issues in his first season as head coach for the Utes. The most significant injuries are those of Marco Anthony (6ft 5in) and Branden Carlson (7ft). Anthony, a Utah State transfer and the team’s top rebounder at 8.8 per game, missed the last two games with an ankle injury and he is questionable for the game against Cal. Carlson, who is averaging 13.7 points and 6.1 rebounds, injured his ankle early in the game against USC, and is also questionable for the game against Cal. . . Several other Utah role players are also injured. . . The Utes have seen massive turnover compared to last year, with nine players transferring after Larry Krystkowiak’s sacking and seven players transferring to. . . David Jenkins Jr., a transfer from UNLV, leads the team with 14.7 points per game. The two Gachs, a transfer from Minnesota, are averaging 12.0 points and scored 28 points in Wednesday’s 93-73 loss to USC. Rollie Worster, a transfer from Utah state, is averaging 9.0 points and 4.1 assists. . . . Utah have played a fairly loose non-conference schedule so far, with their best wins being against Tulsa and Boston College. Besides USC, Utah also lost to BYU. . The Utes don’t commit a lot of turnovers, but they don’t impose a lot of turnovers on their opponents either. . . . Utah limits their opponents to 40.5% of shots from the field, and he’s particularly good defensively against three-pointers, allowing opponents to make just 26.2% of their shots from long range.

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How Much Money Does Renewable Energy Make for Utah’s Rural Economy? https://lindonutah.org/how-much-money-does-renewable-energy-make-for-utahs-rural-economy/ https://lindonutah.org/how-much-money-does-renewable-energy-make-for-utahs-rural-economy/#respond Tue, 05 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://lindonutah.org/how-much-money-does-renewable-energy-make-for-utahs-rural-economy/ [ad_1] A Colorado-based conservative organization that promotes the West says political “law” must own environmental problems, identify solutions, and better promote how real change transforms the energy economy. To that end, The Western Way released a report it commissioned that shows how much renewable energy is growing in Utah, contributing $ 5.3 billion to economic […]]]>


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A Colorado-based conservative organization that promotes the West says political “law” must own environmental problems, identify solutions, and better promote how real change transforms the energy economy.

To that end, The Western Way released a report it commissioned that shows how much renewable energy is growing in Utah, contributing $ 5.3 billion to economic output in rural areas of the United States. State in recent years.

While oil and gas remains the dominant energy sector in the state of Beehive, Utah ranks No. 10 in the country in solar power generation capacity, with 1,525 megawatts installed and more to come.

“We’ve known for some time that a dramatic shift is happening with the transition to a new energy, but I don’t think anyone knew it had a $ 5.3 billion economic impact in Utah,” he said. said Senate Speaker Stuart Adams, R-Layton. “The fact that construction and maintenance workers have passed 9,000 is impressive. “

Adams was reacting to the recently released report, “The Economic Benefits of Utah’s Rural Renewable Energy Industry”, which examined the impacts of 31 projects in 11 rural Utah counties.

The projects analyzed represent 2,275 megawatts of nominal capacity from solar, wind and geothermal projects.

Utah, in fact, is third in the country for geothermal energy and is a pioneer in developing new technologies that could make this natural resource more accessible worldwide through a demonstration project.

Here are some key points the report highlights about renewable energy in Utah:

  • $ 4.1 billion in construction and investment with 4,638 full-time construction jobs.
  • $ 24.6 million paid in annual property taxes to local governments.
  • $ 6.3 million in annual lease payments to ranchers, farmers and other landowners.

The figures are derived from these 31 projects over a period from 2007 to 2023, including five new ones that are in development or under construction.

Utah is echoing an established rhythm nationally and globally as well.

The International Energy Administration, with 30 member countries, pointed out that in 2020, the addition of renewable energy increased by 45% worldwide to reach almost 280 gigawatts, the largest annual increase since 1999. .

He added that high-capacity additions have become the “new normal” in projects in 2021 and are expected to come online next year, accounting for 90% of new electric capacity across the world.

Utah’s high elevation and abundance of sunshine make it an ideal location for solar development, with power generation from all facilities accounting for 58% of the state’s renewable generation. It is 30 times larger today than it was just six years ago.

Representative Steve Handy, R-Layton, co-chair of the Legislative Assembly’s Clean Air Caucus, got to know The Western Way through advice and said the report highlights the economic benefits Utah derives from development rapid renewable energy.

“When it comes to wind, solar and geothermal energy, money and markets are moving together in impressive and meaningful ways, and the positive impact of these projects in Utah will continue at breakneck speed,” did he declare.

This rapid deployment of renewable energies has raised concerns about the need for “smart” development due to the amount of land needed and what happens to end-of-life materials.

The World Bank predicts an astronomical need for rare earth minerals and other materials to support renewable energy and has said effective regulations must be in place to promote careful management of the environment.

In January, under the Trump administration, the US Environmental Protection Agency warned of the extreme amount of global waste generated by solar farms reaching their end of life, but this backgrounder was subsequently withdrawn by President Joe Biden’s administration after taking office amid calls that he was inaccurate.

As clean energy development takes off in rural Utah, regulators that include state agencies and county commissioners are ensuring that management agreements are in place to protect landscapes.

This new report, an expert said, highlights the “rural renaissance” happening in Utah in terms of investments in renewable energy and monetary impacts on local jobs and tax revenues.

“This report should give policymakers in states, counties and cities confidence that local projects will benefit their neighbors and communities,” said Edwin Stafford, professor of marketing at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business from Utah State University.

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Former NFL star Haloti Ngata among new inductees to Utah Sports Hall of Fame https://lindonutah.org/former-nfl-star-haloti-ngata-among-new-inductees-to-utah-sports-hall-of-fame/ Wed, 15 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://lindonutah.org/former-nfl-star-haloti-ngata-among-new-inductees-to-utah-sports-hall-of-fame/ [ad_1] The Highland High School product will be one of five inductees at a ceremony on September 20 (Gail Burton | AP) Former Baltimore Ravens football player Haloti Ngata, center, talks about his retirement at a press conference on May 29, 2019. Ngata, who played at Highland High School, will be one of five new […]]]>


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The Highland High School product will be one of five inductees at a ceremony on September 20

(Gail Burton | AP) Former Baltimore Ravens football player Haloti Ngata, center, talks about his retirement at a press conference on May 29, 2019. Ngata, who played at Highland High School, will be one of five new members inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame this month.

The Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation will induct five new members at a dinner and ceremony on September 20 (7 p.m.) at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

Jay Don Blake, Haloti Ngata, Courtney Young Johnson, Nicholas Rimando and Teri Okelberry Spiers will be honored as the USHOFF Class of 2021, as their inductions have been postponed for a year due to issues related to the pandemic.

To reserve, visit USHOFF.org.

Blake, a Dixie High School and Utah State alumnus, won the NCAA Individual Golf Championship in 1980 and earned one PGA Tour victory and three PGA Tour Champions titles.

Ngata, of Highland High, became a perennial Pro Bowl selection as a defensive lineman and won a Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013.

Johnson, a Skyline High graduate, played for the US water polo team that won silver at the 2000 Olympics.

Rimando became known as Major League Soccer’s all-time best goalkeeper during his long career with Real Salt Lake, helping the team win the 2009 MLS Cup title.

Spiers, of Weber High School and Weber State, is one of the most versatile athletes in WSU history, having reached NCAA competition in volleyball and track and field in the same year.

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Nick Rimando and Haloti Ngata Headlining 2021 Utah Sports Hall of Fame Class https://lindonutah.org/nick-rimando-and-haloti-ngata-headlining-2021-utah-sports-hall-of-fame-class/ https://lindonutah.org/nick-rimando-and-haloti-ngata-headlining-2021-utah-sports-hall-of-fame-class/#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://lindonutah.org/nick-rimando-and-haloti-ngata-headlining-2021-utah-sports-hall-of-fame-class/ [ad_1] Nick Rimando, Haloti Ngata, Courtney Young Johnson, Jay Don Blake and Teri Okelberry Spiers are the latest to receive the honor of being inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame. The five athletes will take place in the Utah Sports Hall of Fame on September 20 at the Little America Hotel with a […]]]>


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Nick Rimando, Haloti Ngata, Courtney Young Johnson, Jay Don Blake and Teri Okelberry Spiers are the latest to receive the honor of being inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.

The five athletes will take place in the Utah Sports Hall of Fame on September 20 at the Little America Hotel with a ceremony in their honor.

Rimando played 20 years in Major League Soccer, including 13 years for Real Salt Lake. He is widely regarded as the greatest goaltender in MLS history and holds the MLS record for career wins, career saves and career shutouts. He played a key role for RSL winning the 2009 MLS Cup and competing in the 2013 MLS Cup. He was also a mainstay of the United States National Team.

Haloti Ngata, a Highland High football legend, played 13 seasons in the NFL along the Baltimore, Detroit and Philadelphia defensive line. He was five-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro, and won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2012.

The young Johnson graduated from Skyline High School and won a silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics in water polo, the first year that women’s water polo was an Olympic sport.

Blake, who was born in St. George and golfed for Utah State University, was the NCAA Individual Golf Champion in 1980. As a professional golfer, Blake won a PGA Tour event (the Shearson Lehman Brothers Open 1981) and three Champions Tour wins. He also won the Utah Open 1988.

Okelberry Spiers competed for Weber State in track and field and volleyball in 1988. That year, she competed in the NCAA Championships in track and field and volleyball. Okelberry Spiers was an All-American in the javelin in 1988 and also helped the Wildcats volleyball team win a Big Sky Championship and compete in an NCAA tournament, becoming the state’s first female athlete. de Weber to compete in two NCAA Championships in the same year.

The public can visit the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Museum at City Creek Mall – 99 W. South Temple.

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Tony Hawk, Utah Sports Commission opens new skatepark in Salt Lake https://lindonutah.org/tony-hawk-utah-sports-commission-opens-new-skatepark-in-salt-lake/ https://lindonutah.org/tony-hawk-utah-sports-commission-opens-new-skatepark-in-salt-lake/#respond Sat, 28 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://lindonutah.org/tony-hawk-utah-sports-commission-opens-new-skatepark-in-salt-lake/ [ad_1] SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. – Salt Lake hosts the first of three stops on the 2021 Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Championship Tour this weekend, with the top male and female street skaters competing today. But after SLS and their skateboarders have packed their bags and left town, the skatepark they competed on will remain […]]]>


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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. – Salt Lake hosts the first of three stops on the 2021 Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Championship Tour this weekend, with the top male and female street skaters competing today.

But after SLS and their skateboarders have packed their bags and left town, the skatepark they competed on will remain in Salt Lake City for the local community to enjoy and will hopefully soon be hosting another great skateboarding competition. street, writes Michelle Bruton for Forbes.com.

In a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning, the park was inaugurated by Vans Senior Director of Global Marketing (Action Sports) Bobby Gascon; Tony Hawk, who joined Vans as Ambassador in 2020; and Jeff Robbins, CEO and Chairman of the Utah Sports Commission. The three parties worked together to bring the park to Salt Lake City, located right next to the Vans-Utah Sports Commission skatepark, a former park course designed and built for the Utah community by Vans and California Skateparks.

Stakeholders also worked with SLS to have the first circuit of the 2021 Championship stop the inaugural event to be held on the new street course.

Having two permanent and legacy skateparks in Salt Lake City is a goal that dates back to Salt Lake City which hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002. After that event, Robbins, who founded the Utah Sports Commission there is over 20 years old, wanted to make Salt Lake City a must-see destination for action sports events, summer and winter.

“[The SLS Championship Tour event] will be the biggest skateboarding event in the world after the Olympics, and [the event is] able to give skateboarding a boost and capitalize on that Olympic notoriety instead of calming down, ”Robbins told Bruton on Friday. Serving as the “mediator that brought all parties together,” Robbins said the parties were ultimately able to put aside differences in business models and ethics to build the park in time to host the SLS tour event.

The Utah Sports Commission hosted nearly 50 bubble events during Covid in 2020 – one of the first sports bubbles created, long before the NBA and NHL playoffs – generating an economic impact of 49 million of dollars. There was no model, no plan. So, to organize an event in August 2021 where fans could attend, unlike the Tokyo Olympics, where skateboarding made its debut in July, Robbins felt his team had the experience to do so safely, not to mention a brand new skatepark. to start.

“There are so many reasons to do it,” Robbins told Bruton. “Athletes need a break, our citizens need a break. I do all kinds of things here, but I have a thing for skateboarding and action sports.

The Utah Athletic Commission shared the cost of building the bowl park that was donated in 2019 with Vans. For the new street park, the state of Utah provided the bulk of the funding, using a public-private model. Over 750 taxpayers and community members were able to offer a unique amount of commentary on the construction of the park through Vans outlets in the Greater Salt Lake City area.

In this way, the goals of the public, the goals of the skateboarders, and the goals of the state all fit together.

The economic impact, image creation and brand awareness for the State of Utah, which has registered the State of Sport slogan in its quest to become a global destination for action sports competitions, are invaluable.

Skateboarders can have a direct impact on the characteristics of the permanent park. And community members are enjoying a new public park that could perhaps allow their city to produce the next great Olympic skateboarder, writes Bruton.

According to Robbins, on a per capita basis, Utah has the youngest demographic in the country. “Action sports have always been something that resonated here,” said Robbins. “We’ve had seven Dew Tours, we’ve had Rampages, we’ve had rallycross, we’ve had Nitro; all those action sports and skateboarding events. It fits our demographics very well.

The accessibility that the two parks now offer could accelerate the development of future professional skateboarders in Salt Lake City. “You have the incubator to encourage the next Olympians and really just so that the best talent in the world is prepared and supported by Salt Lake City,” Gascon told Bruton. “I wouldn’t be surprised, on the road you will certainly see skateboarders from all over the world choosing Salt Lake City as their home not only to train and enjoy the facilities, but also for all that Salt Lake City has to offer.”

According to Gascon, the inauguration of the street park is still seen as a “phase one” in the expansion of the initiative that saw Vans build the park course in 2019. Some elements of the street course are still missing, but phase two will achieve this. , as well as incorporating more community feedback.

The bowl park built in Salt Lake City in 2019 was the fifth of a total of five parks built by Vans around the world to host its Park Series competitions. Being able to leave the community with a free and accessible park after the organization of events is a fundamental principle of the Vans philosophy. “There is something about having an event where the following Monday is a field of dirt or damaged grass,” Gascon told Bruton. “For me, I said during Park Series, the real win or the highlight of the event is when this park is handed over to the community.”

As part of his role as Ambassador to Vans, Hawk builds on the work he already does with his foundation, The Skatepark Project, to help provide access to skateparks in many communities across the United States and abroad.

“It’s the most important job I do and definitely the thing I’m most proud of in my career, bringing skating facilities to underserved areas,” Hawk told Bruton. “This has been the mission of our foundation for almost 20 years. I love that. I am so grateful to be partnering with Vans because they are helping to grow much further than I ever imagined.

Why return to Salt Lake City? Per Gascon, Robbins and the Utah Sports Commission were “hubs” because of their shared vision of the role of skateboarding in the Salt Lake City community.

“This is the # 5 park we built around the world for the Park Series, but with Jeff it didn’t stop there, it was, ‘What’s next and how can we to make sure we continue to develop skateboarding? »» Gascon said Bruton. “His vision and commitment to skateboarding well was truly amazing to see and how respectful he was in making sure skateboarding was respected. It wasn’t just the event; that was the legacy for the community with the park, and then it was, okay, what are we going to do about the street? “

The park course and the street course were built by California Skateparks. On Friday, the street course hosted its very first competition with the men’s and women’s preliminaries of the SLS Championship Tour. The champions will be crowned in the finals on Saturday. It was essential for the Utah Athletic Commission that the events be free to the public; as a Covid mitigation, their capacity was limited on a first come, first served basis.

Bruton writes that in addition to the SLS Championship Tour stoppage, the Utah State Fairpark will also host the inaugural Tony Hawk’s Green Alert on Saturday, a green contest that Hawk has partnered with Vans to host. Friday saw the Green Alert Legends demo, where the biggest names in green skateboarding history, from Hawk to Steve Caballero to Christian Hosoi to Bob Burnquist to Andy Macdonald, all made their way to Hawk’s Green Ramp, which it shipped to Salt Lake City from its warehouse outside. San Diego, to show off their ever-impressive skills.

In the two decades between hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics and hosting this weekend’s SLS Championship stop, the Utah Athletic Commission has overseen some 1,000 events. Robbins credits this prolific production to partnerships, like the one his organization enjoys with Vans.

“No one ever does something great without a lot of great partners and collaboration,” Robbins told Bruton.

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Vans, Tony Hawk, Utah Sports Commission open new skatepark in Salt Lake City with Street League skateboarding event https://lindonutah.org/vans-tony-hawk-utah-sports-commission-open-new-skatepark-in-salt-lake-city-with-street-league-skateboarding-event/ https://lindonutah.org/vans-tony-hawk-utah-sports-commission-open-new-skatepark-in-salt-lake-city-with-street-league-skateboarding-event/#respond Sat, 28 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://lindonutah.org/vans-tony-hawk-utah-sports-commission-open-new-skatepark-in-salt-lake-city-with-street-league-skateboarding-event/ [ad_1] Tony Hawk (center), President and CEO of the Utah Athletic Commission Jeff Robins (left of Hawk), Senior Vans … [+] Global Marketing Director (Action Sports) Bobby Gascon (right of Hawk), Steve Van Doren of Vans and legendary skateboarders Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero help open the new street skatepark at the Utah State Fairpark […]]]>


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Salt Lake City, Utah, hosts the first of three stops on the 2021 Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Championship Tour this weekend, with the world’s best male and female skaters competing in the final on Saturday, August 28.

But after SLS and their skaters have packed their bags and left town, the skatepark they competed on will remain in Salt Lake City for the local community to enjoy and hopefully host another great skateboarding competition soon. of street.

In a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning, the park was inaugurated by Vans Senior Director of Global Marketing (Action Sports) Bobby Gascon; Tony Hawk, who joined Vans as Ambassador in 2020; and Jeff Robbins, CEO and Chairman of the Utah Sports Commission. The three parties worked together to bring the park to Salt Lake City, located right next to the Vans-Utah Sports Commission skatepark, a former park course designed and built for the Utah community by Vans and California Skateparks.

Stakeholders also worked with SLS to have the first circuit of the 2021 Championship stop the inaugural event to be held on the new street course.

Having two permanent and legacy skateparks in Salt Lake City is a goal that dates back to Salt Lake City which hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002. After that event, Robbins, who founded the Utah Sports Commission there is over 20 years old, wanted to make Salt Lake City a must-see destination for action sports events, summer and winter.

“[The SLS Championship Tour event] will be the biggest skateboarding event in the world after the Olympics, and [the event is] able to give skateboarding a boost and capitalize on that Olympic notoriety instead of calming down, ”Robbins told me on Friday. Serving as the “mediator that brought all parties together,” Robbins said the parties were ultimately able to put aside differences in business models and ethics to build the park in time to host the SLS tour event.

The Utah Sports Commission hosted nearly 50 bubble events during Covid in 2020 – one of the first sports bubbles created, long before the NBA and NHL playoffs – generating an economic impact of 49 million of dollars. There was no model, no plan. So, to organize an event in August 2021 where fans could attend, unlike the Tokyo Olympics, where skateboarding made its debut in July, Robbins felt his team had the experience to do so safely, not to mention a brand new skatepark. to start.

“There are so many reasons to do this,” Robbins said. “Athletes need a break, our citizens need a break. I do all kinds of things here, but I have a thing for skateboarding and action sports.

The Utah Athletic Commission shared the cost of building the bowl park that was donated in 2019 with Vans. For the new street park, the state of Utah provided the bulk of the funding, using a public-private model. Over 750 taxpayers and community members were able to offer a unique amount of commentary on the construction of the park through Vans outlets in the Greater Salt Lake City area.

In this way, the goals of the public, the goals of the skateboarders, and the goals of the state all fit together.

The economic impact, image creation and brand awareness for the State of Utah, which has registered the State of Sport slogan in its quest to become a global destination for action sports competitions, are invaluable.

Skateboarders can have a direct impact on the characteristics of the permanent park. For example, rails, stairs, and other obstacles on the course are mirrored perfectly, providing an equal advantage to runners with normal and clumsy feet. And community members are enjoying a new public park that could perhaps allow their city to produce the next great Olympic skateboarder.

According to Robbins, Utah per capita has the youngest demographic in the country. “Action sports have always been something that resonated here,” said Robbins. “We’ve had seven Dew Tours, we’ve had Rampages, we’ve had rallycross, we’ve had Nitro; all these action sports and skateboarding events. It fits our demographics very well.

The accessibility that the two parks now offer could accelerate the development of future professional skateboarders in Salt Lake City. “You have the incubator to encourage the next Olympians and really just so that the best talent in the world is prepared and supported by Salt Lake City,” Gascon said. “I wouldn’t be surprised, on the road you will certainly see skateboarders from all over the world choosing Salt Lake City as their home not only to train and enjoy the facilities, but also for all that Salt Lake City has to offer.”

According to Gascon, the inauguration of the street park is still seen as a “phase one” in the expansion of the initiative that saw Vans build the park course in 2019. Some elements of the street course are still missing, but phase two will achieve this. , as well as incorporating more community feedback.

The bowl park built in Salt Lake City in 2019 was the fifth of a total of five parks built by Vans around the world to host its Park Series competitions. Being able to leave the community with a free and accessible park after the organization of events is a fundamental principle of the Vans philosophy. “There is something about having an event where the following Monday is a field of dirt or damaged grass,” Gascon said. “For me, I said during Park Series, the real win or the highlight of the event is when this park is handed over to the community.”

As part of his role as Ambassador to Vans, Hawk builds on the work he already does with his foundation, The Skatepark Project, to help provide access to skateparks in many communities across the United States and abroad.

“It’s the most important job I do and definitely the most proud thing in my career, bringing skate facilities to underserved areas,” Hawk told me. “This has been the mission of our foundation for almost 20 years. I love that. I am so grateful to be partnering with Vans because they are helping to grow much further than I ever imagined.

Why return to Salt Lake City? Per Gascon, Robbins and the Utah Sports Commission were “hubs” because of their shared vision of the role of skateboarding in the Salt Lake City community.

“This is the # 5 park we built around the world for the Park Series, but with Jeff it didn’t stop there – it was, ‘What’s next and how can we to make sure we continue to develop skateboarding? “Said Gascon.” His vision and commitment to skateboarding well was really amazing to see and how respectful he was in making sure skateboarding was respected. It wasn’t just about the skateboarding. event, it was the legacy for the community with the park, and then after that, it was, okay, what are we going to do for the street? “

The park course and the street course were built by California Skateparks. On Friday, the street course hosted its very first competition with the men’s and women’s preliminaries of the SLS Championship Tour. The champions will be crowned in the finals on Saturday. It was essential for the Utah Athletic Commission that the events be free to the public; as a Covid mitigation, their capacity was limited on a first come, first served basis.

In addition to the SLS Championship Tour stoppage, the Utah State Fairpark also hosts the inaugural Tony Hawk’s Green Alert on Saturday, a green contest that Hawk has partnered with Vans to host. Friday saw the Green Alert Legends demo, where the biggest names in green skateboarding history, from Hawk to Steve Caballero to Christian Hosoi to Bob Burnquist to Andy Macdonald, all made their way to Hawk’s Green Ramp, which it shipped to Salt Lake City from its warehouse outside. San Diego, to show off their ever-impressive skills.

In the two decades between hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics and hosting this weekend’s SLS Championship stop, the Utah Athletic Commission has overseen some 1,000 events. Robbins credits this prolific production to partnerships, like the one his organization enjoys with Vans.

“No one ever does something great without a lot of great partners and collaboration,” Robbins said.

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Delta variant fuels national concerns but Utah economy continues to spin https://lindonutah.org/delta-variant-fuels-national-concerns-but-utah-economy-continues-to-spin/ https://lindonutah.org/delta-variant-fuels-national-concerns-but-utah-economy-continues-to-spin/#respond Mon, 23 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://lindonutah.org/delta-variant-fuels-national-concerns-but-utah-economy-continues-to-spin/ [ad_1] A growing number of economic red flags are appearing amid growing concerns that resurgent COVID-19 infection rates could lead to a secondary economic plunge in the United States. Falling consumer confidence, a freshly unleashed investor community, and further cautious rumblings from budget policymakers could point to a slowing of a recovery that has been […]]]>


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A growing number of economic red flags are appearing amid growing concerns that resurgent COVID-19 infection rates could lead to a secondary economic plunge in the United States.

Falling consumer confidence, a freshly unleashed investor community, and further cautious rumblings from budget policymakers could point to a slowing of a recovery that has been moving in a positive direction for months.

For now, the data reflects that Utah’s economy continues to be among the strongest in the country, but it would not be immune to emergencies if they worsened.

Long-standing benchmark consumer survey conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Sentiment among US buyers took a precipitous turn in the first half of August, declining by more than 13% from July. The report notes that the change is among the largest negative declines on record, pointing to significant economic swings.

“Over the past half century, the sentiment index has only registered larger losses in six other surveys, all linked to sudden negative changes in the economy,” wrote the report’s chief economist. , Richard Curtin. “The only larger drops in the sentiment index occurred during the shutdown of the economy in April 2020 (-19.4%) and during the depths of the Great Recession in October 2008 (-18.1% ). “

The new pessimism, the researchers said, was prevalent in all geographic regions of the United States as well as in income, age, and education subgroups. The change in sentiment has also crossed the boundaries of issues including personal finances, the outlook for the wider economy, inflation and unemployment.

“There is no doubt that the resurgence of the pandemic due to the delta variant has encountered a mixture of reason and emotion,” Curtin wrote. “Consumers have rightly reasoned that the performance of the economy will be diminished over the next few months, but the extraordinary increase in negative economic assessments also reflects an emotional response, mainly due to disappointed hopes that the pandemic would end soon. “

Customers visit Publik Coffee Roasters in Salt Lake City on Friday, August 20, 2021. Utah businesses are doing well but are cautious about exiting the COVID-19 pandemic as the delta variant rages on.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

While August data for Utah consumers has yet to be released, Analysis from the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute showed a 6% drop in consumer confidence statewide in July from June levels. The change also put Utah’s index below 90 for the first time this year, though the brand, which uses measurements identical to those in the University of Michigan report, is consistently above the national average since last fall.

Investors, shaken by the continued rise in new cases of COVID-19 and fearing that recovery-related inflation rates may rise faster and continue for longer than initially forecast, drove volatility across the three major U.S. stock indexes, all of which closed for the week Friday.

Signs that the US Federal Reserve will withdraw some of its massive contributions later this year, efforts that have been made throughout the pandemic to support the US economy and notably $ 120 billion in monthly purchases of government bonds. US Treasury and mortgage-backed securities have been strengthened. confirmed in the July board meeting minutes released last Wednesday.

But many national outlets reported that meeting notes also showed lingering divisions among board members over when to begin so-called “downsizing” changes amid renewed concerns about the impacts of the pandemic.

Earlier this month, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President Mary Daley told PBS Newshour”That the functional reality is that as COVID-19 goes, so does the economy.

“What we are seeing is that we are not completely beyond COVID,” Daley said. “And people are still very disturbed by the handling of a global pandemic. They lost their jobs. They have lost their means of subsistence. They were on the verge of losing their home. Housing insecurity is really critical.

“So we really have to go through this completely. “

But does current activity reflecting the thoughts of consumers, investors and federal policymakers guarantee an impending slowdown?

Maybe, but even if that’s the result, local economists and business leaders believe Utah is ready to weather the slowdowns of the pandemic recovery better than most.

Phil Dean, former Utah state budget manager and current public finance researcher at the Gardner Policy Institute, said Utah would have the benefit of entering all the troughs in the market ahead in a state of reasonably good economic health.

“Utah is certainly better off economically than the nation as a whole,” Dean said. “We entered the pandemic stronger and had a more robust recovery earlier. Our economic diversity is one of the reasons for this economic strength.

But Dean also noted that the state economy does not operate in a bubble and that outside forces cannot be completely avoided.

“At the same time, Utah is not an economic island,” he said. “So what’s going on in the wider US economy is definitely having an impact on us.”

Salt Lake Chamber President and CEO Derek Miller echoed Dean’s sentiments about the state’s current robust performance and positive economic stance, but said he also meant a little more caution from Utah Business Operators.

“If I had to sum up both my own feelings and what I hear from other business leaders in one word, that would be caution,” Miller said. “This spring and over the summer there was what I would call cautious optimism about our outlook for ending the pandemic and I think we all thought there was a light at the end of the tunnel.

“This optimism has not turned into pessimism, but the cautious sentiments are there.”

Miller said evidence of this renewed caution can be seen in the adjustments Utah companies are making to short-term strategies, including many deciding to delay return-to-work plans that were made before the rise of the delta variant.

Spencer Turner works at Publik Coffee Roasters in Salt Lake City on Friday, August 20, 2021.

Spencer Turner works at Publik Coffee Roasters in Salt Lake City on Friday, August 20, 2021. Utah businesses are doing well but are cautious about exiting the COVID-19 pandemic as the delta variant rages on.
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Missy Greis, owner of Publik Coffee Roasters, an independent Salt Lake food and beverage company with multiple locations, said her businesses are not experiencing any slowdown as COVID-19 cases increase. But Greis said she was concerned about the resurgent infection rates and the potential impacts on her employees and customers.

“My biggest concern this week is the increase in cases, associated with back to school and classrooms with younger children who have not had the opportunity to be vaccinated and are not wearing masks.” , she said. “I have employees with school-aged children whose ability to work remotely, if they are quarantined, is difficult.

“The increase in the number of cases is also becoming a conversation within the community about ordering take-out versus eating there – obviously eating and drinking requires removing your mask inside. Publik is ready to adapt to all CDC guidelines, which we have scrupulously followed throughout the pandemic. “

The most recent statewide statistics also do not reflect any clear signals of a significant slowdown so far in Utah.

Data from the Utah Fiscal Commission for Taxable Sales in June details year-over-year increases for each category of business tracked with an overall average increase of 20%. A few sectors experienced significantly higher growth, notably the hospitality industry up nearly 130% from the same month last year, with mining / quarrying / fossil fuels up over 50% and Utah food / beverage service companies experiencing an increase north of 37%. on June 2020.

An update from the Utah Department of Workforce Services released last Friday fixes the state’s unemployment rate in July at 2.6%, a number currently improved by only New Hampshire, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state has also created more than 65,000 new jobs since last July.

Mark Knold, chief economist for Workforce Services, said the state’s low unemployment and stellar job growth rates are fueled by a booming Utah economy that has returned to levels of pre-pandemic performance months ago.

“Labor shortages have been a buzzword lately, but despite this, Utah’s economy has grown significantly over the past three months,” Knold said in a statement. “By late spring, Utah trade had returned to pre-COVID levels. Jobs were plentiful. The workforce, however, has not returned as quickly, hence the call of labor shortages. But labor reacted.

“Otherwise, the Utah economy would not have been able to generate two percentage points of job growth in the past three months. “

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