In 1862, an enslaved black pioneer was buried with little fanfare in a pauper's grave in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. The man, who was identified only as “Tom (a Negro),” would not live to see the abolition of slavery just three years after his death. On Thursday, city officials dedicated a granite grave marker for Tom — a move that represented not only remembrance but also a gesture of reparation and a refusal to run away from a relatively recent past some would rather forget. “Today, on the 400th anniversary of slavery in America, we take a small step toward rectifying the wrongs of our past,” Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said at the ceremony. “We acknowledge that this community, which
Salt Lake City teachers today voted to ratify a 4.1% salary increase offered by school district officials. An overwhelming number of teachers voted to ratify the tentative bargaining agreement that was finalized in July with help from a federal mediator, the Salt Lake Education Association said in a statement. If approved by the district's Board of Education, the salary increase will take Salt Lake City teachers' starting salary from $45,000 a year to more than $46,000, making their pay the fifth highest in Utah. “We applaud and recognize the work of the Board of Education and the school district to improve education in our schools,” James Tobler, the teacher union's president, said. “We look
Tracy Aviary is tickled pink about two new members of its 400-plus flock. Flamingo chicks — hatched Aug. 14 and 19, respectively — already can be seen, along with the rest of the flamboyant Chilean flamingos at the aviary, 589 E. 1300 South in Salt Lake City. Daily viewing takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flamingos have one baby at a time. For the first few days after birth, chicks stay inside the nest. But they soon begin exploring their surroundings as their parents stay close by, according to a Wednesday news release. The chicks, which weigh an average of 70 to 90 grams at birth, depend on their parents' “crop milk” for the first six months, but they begin eating food on their own within
Salt Lake City's downtown is thriving — and changing. Young, educated and tech-smart workers are moving into condos and apartments close to their jobs and a host of new restaurants, bars and theaters across the business core. A new study, commissioned by the Downtown Alliance, representing merchants in the heart of Salt Lake City, has documented that growth in the working-age population, comparing it to other large cities in the West. Its key finding: Utah's downtown workforce is more tech based but also on the lower end of the national salary scale for that sector. The availability of highly skilled workers is a leading factor — more important than office rents or other metrics — for companies
THURSDAY ASHBERRY JAM Country and rock 'n' roll brought together, 7 p.m. Aug. 22, Lighthouse Lounge, 130 Historic 25th St., Ogden. FREE. ALEX BOYE Concert supporting suicide prevention and awareness, 8 p.m. Aug. 22, Sandy Amphitheater, 1245 E. 9400 South, Sandy. $15-$30, smithstix.com, 801-467-8499. FRIDAY COTES A young hip-hop artist currently doing his thing in Ogden, 9 p.m. Aug. 23, Funk 'n Dive Bar, 2550 Washington Blvd., Ogden. $5 at door. CARRIE MYERS A skilled ukulele player with a great voice, 7 p.m. Aug. 23, Harp and Hound, 2550 Washington Blvd., Ogden. FREE. SUPERBUBBLE An ever-expanding funk collective from Salt Lake City, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23, Lighthouse Lounge, 130 Historic 25th St.,
The Salt Lake County District Attorney has ruled that two police officers were justified when they shot Andrey Tkachenko to death in a Salt Lake City parking lot in October 2018. “Based on the evidence presented to us,” said Sim Gill, “we do not intend to file any criminal charges” against Detective Jerry Valdez of the Unified Police Department and Detective Nick Stidham of the Saratoga Springs Police Department. The evidence — including physical and photographic evidence, and statements from witnesses and officers — convinced Gill and his staff that the detectives “would be able to claim successfully at trial that each believed that the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent death or serious
In a packed meeting Tuesday, more than 50 people urged the Salt Lake City Council, acting as the city's redevelopment agency, to reject a proposal that would grant up to $28 million in tax increment reimbursement to a developer seeking to build a 3,000 acre industrial development in the city's northwest side. Phase one of the project, located in the inland port boundaries on about 378 acres directly north of the North Temple Landfill, could create up to 2,900 jobs and is expected to generate 6 million square feet of light industrial space across an estimated 10 warehouses. But opponents estimate, based on the plans provided by Northwest Quadrant LLC, that the development will also bring increased traffic emissions, dirtying the air by adding upward of 2,000 new truck trips and 3,300 car trips to the Interstate 80 corridor.
The shift of women from The Road Home's downtown shelter to the resource center at 131 E. 700 South began last week, with about 100 relocated to the 200-bed facility so far. Normal glitches that happen when you open a new building and have new processes, but the women seem content," said Cathleen Sparrow, chief development officer for Volunteers of America, Utah, which is operating the shelter. The changeover is pausing briefly while some finishing touches are put on the building, but the VOA hopes to have it completed within the next few weeks, Sparrow said. Salt Lake City Councilman Andrew Johnston, vice president for program operations with VOA, said he expects the facility will fill up in the next two weeks.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Utah, where he'll visit a medical-device manufacturer in suburban Salt Lake City. His office said in a statement that Pence will tour the offices of disposable devices maker Merit Medical in South Jordan Thursday morning. The Republican who is popular with many officials in the GOP-leaning state is expected to speak to local leaders and employees. Pence is scheduled to arrive in Salt Lake City on Wednesday from New Mexico, where he is expected to be a special guest for a United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement trade event. Pence also visited Utah during the 2016 campaign, urging the voters in who felt uncomfortable with then-candidate
For 20 years, Mark Smith was a near-constant presence at the historic Salt Lake City Cemetery, where he served as its 31st and longest-serving sexton. After drinking coffee on the porch and watching the morning sunlight filter through the trees, he'd get to work managing operations, budgets, staffing, customer service and more for the 120-acre cemetery tucked in the Avenues neighborhood in Salt Lake City. Smith, 55, died of his battle with multiple myeloma July 30, leaving the office that bears his name dark and the chair he once filled empty. “Sometimes you think he's going to come back,” Kim Cardenas, an office tech who worked with Smith for two decades, said as she held back tears in a recent interview.
George Frey/Getty ImagesA high councilor with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was removed from his position on the administration of several Salt Lake City congregations after he was accused of filming a woman in an H&M; dressing room.Steven Murdock, an affidavit alleges, presented himself as an employee and guided the young woman, Alondra Alcala, into a room to try on clothes at the Opry Mills Mall in Nashville on Tuesday. When Alcala began changing, she told officers that she saw a black object at the corner of her stall—then realized it was a phone. “I thought it was a joke,” Alcala told FOX 17. “I thought it was a prank, I thought somebody was just messing with me."When Alcala emerged, Murdock reportedly came out of the next stall and tried to delete the photos. When Alcala moved to call police, Murdock’s wife allegedly stepped in to try and settle the issue “peacefully” without alerting authorities, The Tennessean reported. “I was kind of cornering him, kind of grabbing his arms, and I did watch him delete photos of me on his phone,” said Alcala. “Thankfully I was able to slap it out of his hand and take it and run out.”Police arrested Murdock on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful photography, and he was later released from jail the following morning on a $1,000 bond, according to The Tennessean. “Unfortunately, I felt disgusted with myself. I felt like what did I do wrong, what if I wouldn’t have done this, or wouldn’t have worn this,” Alcala said. “I did feel violated, I felt gross, why is this happening to me?”Church spokesperson Eric Hawkins confirmed Monday to WKRN-TV that Murdock was a high councilor and former bishop with the church. Both are volunteer positions, said the spokesman.“This type of behavior is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated from any church member,” Hawkins said. “When local leaders learned of the arrest and charges, he was immediately removed from all responsibilities.”Murdock may also have his church privileges restricted or face a loss of membership, said Hawkins.“It’s just disappointing to see that, especially someone in that position, isn’t meeting that same position themselves,” one parishioner told a local news station in Salt Lake City.H&M;’s headquarters said this week that the store is cooperating with local authorities in the investigation. “The safety and well-being of our customers is our first priority,” said the statement.Murdock is expected to appear in court on Sept. 6.“It can happen to anyone,” Alcala told local reporters. “Anyone can be a victim of this: men, women, children, anybody. I would just say be alert, be aware of your surroundings, and don’t be afraid to speak up, because this sort of stuff is real.” The ‘Hypersexualized’ Mormon Church President Impostor Angering LDS TwitterThis Mormon Survived Conversion Therapy. Now The Mormon Church Is Turning Against ItRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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