salt lake – Utah BBQ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 23:22:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 salt lake – Utah BBQ 32 32 Self-government can only work if we don’t reward threats and violence. Thu, 17 Mar 2022 23:22:48 +0000

Self-government can only work if we don’t reward threats and violence.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Angry residents react when the Utah County Commission meeting was adjourned before it even started. The group protesting mandatory masks in schools removed social distancing tape from chairs and filled the Utah County commission room to overflowing, prompting Commissioner Tanner Ainge to call for a vote to adjourn the meeting in Provo on Wednesday, July 15. 2020.

This is how it starts. Or, perhaps, how it ends.

Public life and public service in the United States, in Utah, in Salt Lake County, is getting meaner, more personal, sometimes even more violent. School board and county council meetings deteriorated into matches where arrests were made or meetings had to be adjourned for the safety of those involved.

The private homes of officials have been picketed and the Salt Lake County Chief Electoral Officer is hiring more security for his office ahead of the 2022 election. Those who bother to run in local and state elections are rewarded with confrontations, personal threats and cyberbullying that target not only officials but also their family members.

This is not how democracy is supposed to work. It is increasingly an atmosphere where democracy cannot work. And it’s scary to think that’s what some of us want.

It is up to all of us to oppose an approach to self-government where decisions are made by those who shout the loudest, do the most damage or carry the heaviest weapons.

Some legislation, such as Utah’s 2021 law prohibiting picketing in private homes, is appropriate. Public officials who are the target of threats or intimidation should report it to law enforcement.

But the real solution to this problem is less legal than cultural. Democracy works through the free expression of ideas, and that does not include threatening or violent acts aimed at preventing those you disagree with from expressing their ideas. Or do their job.

We must not fall into a society where people who care about the public good, those who are prepared to handle the sometimes long, boring, frustrating and back-and-forth business of self-government, are too afraid to come forward or being elected because they fear for their emotional and physical safety and that of their loved ones.

Yes, American history includes terrible examples of political violence, including deadly duels and US senators fighting with sticks. And this inconvenience that started in 1861. But we had reason to think that we had left all that behind us.

Then we started to see people with guns taking over federal wildlife refuges, standing in the galleries of state capitol buildings and storming the US Capitol when they didn’t like not actions taken by duly elected or appointed government officials.

Even where there is no gun violence, people who once wouldn’t sneer at a school crossing guard now seem to feel justified in yelling at county commissioners and school board members simply because of decisions that they don’t approve.

This disturbing trend can be attributed, in part, to the cultural upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the reluctance of far too many people to understand that the appropriate response to a public health crisis is public action. Far-right social media chatter and extremist broadcasting have spread lies and rage that have caused us far worse death tolls and damage to our economy and education system than necessary.

But there is also a Trumpist and fascist thread in our nation, our communities, that stems from fear that the white, male, Christian power structure is somehow threatened and on the verge of being overthrown. It is a fear deep enough that a growing number – although still, thankfully, a minority – feel the need to take up arms and issue threats rather than trust the process of open debate and free elections. .

Democracy can only work if those who lose an election can believe that there will be another election. That power, temporarily, goes to those who make the best case and get the most votes, not those willing and able to apply the most brutal force and shout the loudest.

Even if democracy in Utah and the United States does not completely collapse, we still do not want to live in a society where only the physically brave and heavily armed can hold office or have influence.

We want it to be normal for voters, citizens, everyone, to approach their elected officials, in public meetings and on street corners, to say what they think. This is something we will all lose if too many public servants have reason to fear interactions with the public.

Today, the world respects and respects the Ukrainian leadership and people because they do not attack democracy but give everything to defend it. They did not seek this bloodbath and everything indicates that they will lay down their arms and resume a normal life as soon as the Russian threat is over.

Utahns and Americans don’t need to put their lives on the line to defend their democracy. At least not yet. But we all have a responsibility to uphold a peaceful exercise of self-government that does not give an unfair and undeserved advantage to those who seek power through anger, threats and violence.

ESSENTIAL A&E CHOICES MARCH 10-16 | Choice of entertainment | Salt Lake City Wed, 09 Mar 2022 18:19:02 +0000

Utah Opera: Puccini Tosca
The history of opera and musical theater is filled with unique, perhaps unexpected, choices for booklets to turn into musical stories. This description could apply to Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s interest in Victorien Sardou’s 1887 play in French Toscawhich Puccini first encountered while touring Italy in 1889. He obtained the rights to make an opera out of it in 1995, but it took Puccini and his collaborators more than four years to figure out how to verbally adapt the text dense from Sardou’s play.

Puccini’s debut in Rome in 1900 Tosca was an immediate popular success, however. The premise involves political unrest, jealousy, mistaken identity and – unsurprisingly for a classic opera – tragedy, set during Napoleon’s assault on Rome in 1800. Much action surrounds the singer Floria Tosca, the lover of the painter Cavaradossi; Tosca is manipulated by the police chief who desires her, while he also pursues political dissident Angelotti, a friend of Cavaradossi who hopes to flee the city in disguise. With beloved tunes like Tosca’s “Vissi d’arte”, Tosca returns to the stage by Utah Opera for the first time since 2015.

The Utah Opera production of Tosca March 12-20 for five performances at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theater (50 W. 200 South), with tickets $15-$110. Utah Opera currently requires face coverings and proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test for all members of the public over the age of 5. Visit for tickets and additional information. (Scott Renshaw)

Hilary Reiter

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Siamsa @ The Gateway
Annual traditions: The notion has become much more prominent over the past couple of years, with so many of them taking a pandemic break. Still, there’s one tradition we’ve been missing for over two years: the Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Parade that winds through the streets of The Gateway. It’s been five years since The Gateway hosted the Hibernian Society of Utah’s March Celebration, and while the event certainly predates The Gateway and has used other routes from other years, this particular pairing seems to be working. “This is the best place in Utah to hold a parade,” Hibernian Society President Sean Clark said in a statement. “The ability to have spectators on the upper and lower tiers gives a high-energy stadium feel.”

This year’s event brings both the parade and the accompaniment siamsa (Gaelic for “festivity”) at The Gateway, for a full day of fun and entertainment. Live performances on two stages include music from Pladdohg, Murphy and the Giant, Shanahy and An Rogaire Dubh, as well as dance presentations from Scariff, Harp Irish Dance, Smith Irish Dance and Rinceoiri Don Spraoi. Additionally, Gateway merchants like HallPass, Flanker Kitchen & Sporting Club, Mystery Escape Room will be offering special deals on food, drinks and activities.

The parade and siamsa begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12 at The Gateway (400 W. 200 South), with all events free to the public; food and other vendor items are available for purchase. Visit or for more information. (SR)


Jim Jefferies
It’s just not clear when or how fame can strike in the age of social media, but when it does, an artist’s life can be changed forever in a matter of days. That’s what happened to Australian comedian Jim Jefferies in 2015, when a segment of his 2014 Netflix special Naked went viral, in which Jefferies went to town on the idea that Americans’ obsession with guns was about something other than “I love guns.” For many Americans, this made him an immediate liberal enemy; for another big chunk, he was immediately the voice of reason.

It would have been one thing if Jefferies had been a one-trick pony, ready to fade into the background as a pop culture footnote after his five minutes of fame. Luckily for him — and for us — he’s had a lot more fuel to burn in his tremendous acting career. He landed the 2017 Comedy Central series The Jim Jefferies Show for three seasons following new name recognition. And its targets have not always been American culture and its quirks. Some of his best post-Naked Netflix specials including Free, It’s me now and Intolerant focused on himself and his struggles with relationships, fatherhood and mental health.

Now back on the road after a COVID-era hiatus, Jefferies visits Salt Lake City with “The Moist Tour” at the Eccles Theater (131 S. Main St.) on Sunday, March 13, 7 p.m. Tickets cost $34.75 – $174.75; proof of vaccination is required. Visit for tickets and additional information. (SR)


The group visit @ Eccles Theater
Over the past 25 years, it’s become far more common for movies to be adapted into musicals than the other way around — and not all of those adaptations have been obvious. Of course, it’s understandable when a comedy that will please everyone like Revenge of a Blonde, The producers Where hair spray gets the Broadway treatment, providing fodder for animated production numbers. But it takes a different view to watch a non-English drama and see the potential for a musical – that’s what writer Itamar Moses and composer David Yazbek did when adapting the 2007 Israeli film. The group visit in the 2017 stage production, which joined classics like South Pacific and Sweeney Todd among the only musicals to have swept the “Big Six” at the Tony Awards.

The premise offers the possibility of an intriguing culture shock, as it begins with an Egyptian police band visiting Israel to perform at the opening of an Arab cultural center. However, when the language cues are crossed, the group finds themselves on a bus not to their intended destination, but to a remote deserted town. There, the musicians find themselves stranded for a day, which is enough time for the band members and residents, respectively, to come to terms with some of the tragedies of their past.

The traveling Broadway production of The group visit stops at the Eccles Theater (131 S. Main) for eight performances, March 15-20, with tickets $49-$119. At press time, face coverings are recommended but not required by the presenter. Visit for up-to-date health and safety protocols and to purchase tickets. (SR)

Oil industry insiders say Biden will need to make big changes to bring down gas prices in Utah Wed, 09 Mar 2022 01:31:29 +0000

(File photo: A filler nozzle pumps fuel into the gas tank of a tractor-trailer at a Phillips 66 gas station in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

(File photo: A filler nozzle pumps fuel into the gas tank of a tractor-trailer at a Phillips 66 gas station in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — With gas prices in Utah already rising, many drivers are expressing concern about how the Russian oil supply blockage will hurt them at the gas pump. Some oil industry experts say the Biden administration can do things to keep prices low. However, the president is expected to make major policy changes, quickly.

If you were to speak with rideshare drivers, many would say they are furious at the rising gas prices. Driver Marwan Aleiwe says he was already struggling to make ends meet because of global inflation. And a sharp rise in gas prices might be too much for him to bear. He hopes President Biden can increase the supply of crude oil coming into the United States, and Aleiwe doesn’t care where he comes from.

“As long as he gets the oil to us and we set the price, that’s all I care about because we can’t keep paying seven or eight dollars a gallon,” he said.

Aleiwe hopes that the Ukrainian/Russian conflict can be resolved quickly. However, his concerns about maintaining his family must come first.

He said, “I don’t care. All I care about is my economy and my American people.

Other rideshare drivers posted messages on social media saying things like, “I haven’t been able to drive lately due to personal issues and the cost of gas. I hope to start driving again soon” and “So you’ll spend more money on fuel and get paid even less. What joke. Carpooling is proving to be a dying industry.

What can be done to reduce gas prices?

Officials from the Utah Petroleum Association have sent KSL a statement indicating that the US oil and gas industry is ready to increase production and that increased crude oil supply is expected to lower gas prices. However, that is easier said than done.

The statement reads: “However, the process of increasing production is not as immediate as flipping a switch and can be quite variable depending on land and resource ownership and the status of ‘authorisation.”

Western Energy Alliance President Kathleen Sgamma said US oil companies are able to produce enough crude oil to fill the void created by the Russian supply ban. She says the companies were producing more than a million barrels a day more than they are today. And if production were to increase, the Biden administration would have to make significant changes. However, Sgamma says that doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon.

She said: “We wish he was, indeed, ‘working like the devil’ to increase American production in order to drive down gas prices.”

Oil leases will be extended

For example, she says President Biden should allow oil lease extensions. Additionally, it should allow companies to develop more wells, as the vast majority of oil produced from wells occurs in the first few years after it is created. As things stand, Sgamma says the United States is too dependent on foreign oil. And a lot of American money went to Russia.

“US dollars funded the Russian military to the tune of about $100 million a day. That’s what we spent the last few months on Russian oil,” she said.

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Liquor bills pass as Utah lawmakers rush to end legislative session Thu, 03 Mar 2022 18:03:06 +0000

SALT LAKE CITY — With Utah’s current legislative session set to end Friday, lawmakers were busy in the House and Senate with a variety of bills:


The Legislature has approved a bill allowing “Wine of the Month” club memberships in Utah, but there’s a catch: Residents still have to pay the state-mandated cost plus an 88% markup. In addition to this, the wine must be picked up at a local DABC store. The bill now goes to Governor Spencer Cox for his signature or veto.


The Omnibus Liquor Bill authorized the Utah State Legislature, which means some popular hard seltzer will be pulled from convenience and grocery store shelves because they don’t meet Utah’s legal definition of beer. However, 10 bar licenses will be released as part of an overhaul of hotel and resort licensing, which will help alleviate a problem that even the DABC commission has complained about. The lack of bar licenses is something the legislature has refused to fix, even after complaints from businesses, the commission and the governor.


The Legislature has given final approval to a food truck licensing bill that does much more than that. The bill also contains a provision blocking the enforcement of a noise ordinance related to business licenses for ATV and ORV rental stores, which impacts the Grand County and Moab area. The bill was amended to preserve Moab’s noise and curfew ordinance, and block business licensing.


A major election security bill has been approved by the legislature, putting security cameras on drop boxes, along with new rules to secure ballots and tabulation, as well as annual ballot tabulation audits. voters. Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson, who has criticized other voting bills in the Legislative Assembly, is supporting this one, which is now heading for the governor’s office.


The legislature has approved a bill to try to reduce food insecurity in Utah. Senate Minority Whip Luz Escamilla’s bill creates an office at Utah State University to address the problem of people who do not have adequate access to food. This is something that has become a bigger issue during the COVID-19 pandemic.


For residents who have already been evicted, the legislature is creating a way to erase it from their records. Provo Rep. Marsha Judkins introduced an expungement bill that cleared the House and Senate and now goes to Governor Cox for his signature or veto.


The Legislature approved a bill giving 18% of sales tax revenue to the state to enhance outdoor recreation experiences. Paradise Rep. Casey Snider’s bill helps with infrastructure, which has been a particular strain on Utah with more and more people going outdoors during the pandemic.

Famous Dave’s BBQ redefines fast casual dining with first drive-thru location Wed, 02 Mar 2022 23:03:51 +0000

The Salt Lake City-area drive-thru will open March 7, committing to the QSR model for a faster, more convenient experience for customers.

Famous Dave's BBQ redefines fast casual dining with first drive-thru locationMinnetonka, Minnesota ( Famous Dave, the fast-growing barbecue franchise with 134 restaurants in markets across the country, is redefining fast casual dining with its first drive-thru model. “Quick ‘Que,” a drive-thru with counter service also offered, opens in South Salt Lake, Utah on March 7.

Amid casual dining businesses plunging their feet into the QSR pond with drive-thru/restaurant hybrids, Famous Dave’s has fully committed to the quick-service model with this new store, transforming a former KFC location into a drive-thru experience from America’s most award-winning barbecue brand.

“The Quick’ Que model has been a huge leap forward for us, and nearly two years after COVID hit, we’re proud to continue to find new ways to scale and serve our Famous food the way most convenient,” said Jeff Crivello. , CEO of BBQ Holdings. “The addition of the drive-thru model is a great example of this effort.”

Famous Dave’s first location to offer drive-thru is at 2435 South State Street in South Salt Lake, Utah. Crivello says drive-thru has traditionally performed better in the fast-food space, but as the FSR industry continues to change post-pandemic, the added level of convenience is becoming a necessity across all segments.

This new location will be opened and operated by franchise partners Olympic BBQ, an Ascend Hospitality Group (AHG) company, which operates six other Famous Dave’s locations, two of which are in Utah.

“We are committed to delivering a true QSR experience; we purchased and converted a former KFC site for this reason,” said Elaina Morris, CEO and President of AHG. “The Quick’ Que drive-thru model will allow us to reach more customers while providing them with a faster, more comfortable experience with the quality and flavors they love and expect from Famous Dave’s.”

The Quick ‘Que drive-thru menu is designed to be convenient and quick without sacrificing quality, with optimized offerings in express-friendly categories from ‘Que Meals, Sandwiches, Entrees, Feasts and Meats by the Pound. The menu also features new items not available at FSR locations, including the Jalapeno-Cheddar Sausage Hoagie, Brisket French Dip Sandwich, a ?? a greater variety of BBQ Bowls and desserts such as Mini Donuts and Peach Cobbler.

“South Salt Lake, and the greater Salt Lake City area, is such a vibrant community, and there’s a huge demand for high-quality barbecue,” Morris added. “We couldn’t be more excited to introduce this innovative new model to our fans.”

About BBQ Holdings

BBQ Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBQ) is a national restaurant company engaged in the franchising, ownership and operation of casual and fast food restaurants. As of November 10, 2021, BBQ Holdings had seven brands with 303 locations in three countries, including 89 company-owned locations and 214 franchise locations. In addition to these locations, the Company has opened eight company-owned Famous Dave shadow kitchens operating in its Granite City locations, and 20 Famous Dave franchisee shadow kitchens operating from the kitchen of another restaurant or restaurant. a shared kitchen space. As BBQ Holdings continues to diversify its ownership into the restaurant community, it was founded with the principle of combining the “art and science” of barbecue to serve the best of the best to barbecue enthusiasts around the world. In addition to a wide variety of barbecue specialties served in their barbecue restaurants, BBQ Holdings also operates Granite City Food and Brewery restaurants which offer award-winning craft beer and a menu prepared from scratch and led by a chef offering a contemporary American kitchen. Village Inn and Bakers Square add a legendary element of family dining to BBQ Holdings, with these concepts specializing in breakfast and pies. Tahoe Joe’s, the company’s newest addition, is known for its pellet-cooked and smoked infused steak.

About Ascend Hotel Group

Ascend Hospitality Group (AHG) is a Black and women-led, locally owned, independent restaurant group based in Bellevue, Washington. The company is a collection of concepts from fine dining to fast-casual, including the Olympic BBQ Famous Dave’s BBQ franchise, and proudly employs more than 500 people in Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Utah. Committed to uplifting the communities it serves, AHG fully invests in its team members and guests to take service to the next level.

Julie Green

Here are Salt Lake City’s top-rated barbecue restaurants Wed, 02 Mar 2022 08:00:00 +0000

(STACKER) – Cooking meat over low, slow heat over an indirect heat source – the only real qualifications for barbecuing – is a true American tradition, dating back to indigenous cultures and carried over by early Spanish colonizers who also gave it the cooking style name. : barbacoa. Today, barbecue is a hugely popular staple in the United States, with many cities and regions offering their own version (and all claiming to have the best). Because barbecue meat takes hours and hours to cook, restaurants are a go-to source for many Americans who prefer not to spend all day and night tending to their flames. Stacker has compiled a list of the highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Salt Lake City on Tripadvisor.

#7. Devil’s Daughter Bar & Grill

– Rating: 3.5/5 (17 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (3.5/5), Value for money (3.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Bar, Pub
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 533 S 500 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-2211
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#6. Benji’s Bar-B-Que Shack

– Rating: 2.5/5 (11 reviews)
– Detailed notes: not available
– Type of cuisine: Barbeque
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 3245 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#5. Mo’ Bettahs Hawaiian Style Food

– Rating: 4.5/5 (32 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Polynesian, Hawaiian
– Price: $
– Address: 335 W 1830 S Ste E, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#4. OMBU grill

– Rating: 3.5/5 (23 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Korean, Barbecue
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 14255 Beach Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84115-5576
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#3. Kaiser’s Barbeque & Gen Store

– Rating: 4.5/5 (15 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Barbeque
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 962 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-2823
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#2. Sugarhouse BBQ Company

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (161 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 880 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106-1832
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

#1. Pat’s BBQ

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (260 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 155 W Commonwealth Ave 2929 S. State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

Utah Bill to Ban COVID Vaccine Passports Heads to Utah Senate Wed, 02 Mar 2022 03:01:00 +0000

After a tense meeting that began with some community members being evicted by soldiers, Utah Senate lawmakers introduced a bill that would ban businesses and the government from requiring vaccine passports to enter .

HB60 brought dozens of them to the Senate Tax and Revenue Committee meeting on Tuesday days before the end of the session.

The bill as originally drafted would also have prohibited companies from requiring vaccines. After a heated debate, the committee eventually approved by a 7-2 vote a new version of the bill that still allows employers to require “proof of immunity status”, which can include a previous infection if they have a doctor’s note.

The bill awaits full Senate approval — as well as House approval of amendments — before it can become final.

At the start of the meeting, committee chairman Senator Dan McCay, R-Riverton, warned the crowd that they should abide by the Legislative Assembly’s decorum rules, which he said prohibit attendees getting angry, wearing political stickers, or carrying flags or signs during meetings.

“There are, just like there are everywhere you go, there are rules that you follow in society. Some of them just aren’t a fool, are they? And that rule , unfortunately, seems to be violated more frequently than not on Capitol Hill,” McCay said.

He said those in the room were breaking the rules, which led him to interrupt the committee for five minutes to give attendees a chance to “follow these rules”.

Sen. Mike Kennedy, R-Alpine, offers his coat to a man as Utah Highway Patrol soldiers demand the man leave for breaking committee meeting rules by failing to cover a shirt policy, before discussion of the HB60S02 vaccine passport changes began during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Revenue and Taxation in the Senate Building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. The man declined Kennedy’s offer. The man also previously displayed political stickers but put them away when asked.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

During this break, people started shouting in the hall. Soldiers escorted away a few people, including a man who had removed political stickers but refused to cover a t-shirt that read “We the people”.

When the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Walt Brooks, R-St. George, began his presentation, he began by attempting to comment on the no sticker or sign rule, and that he is “deeply disappointed”.

“Representative, don’t test the President’s mettle,” McCay shot back. “Please keep your comments relevant to the bill.”

Brooks said the bill was intended to prohibit discrimination against someone because of their vaccination or medical status.

“I think it’s important to note that when we come up with legislation, especially something about this, that it’s not a COVID bill, but COVID has definitely brought it out to because of what many consider an overshoot,” Brooks said. .

He described government leaders as “going overboard” in urging people during the pandemic not to celebrate Christmas with more than 10 people at home.

“What this bill really does is go back to the way we did business before COVID,” he said.

McCay argued that forcing someone to allow someone onto his property is “really uncomfortable” for him, calling it “dangerous territory”.

But Brooks likened the bill to the civil rights movement, saying, “We know people are created equal.”

He said the unvaccinated should be a protected class.

Representative Walt Brooks, R-St.  George, holds up what he says is a list of 4,000 CEOs and owner-operators who support the HB60S02 vaccine passport changes during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Revenue and Taxation in the Senate building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.

Representative Walt Brooks, R-St. George, holds up what he says is a list of 4,000 CEOs and owner-operators who support the HB60S02 vaccine passport changes during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Revenue and Taxation in the Senate building in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

But McCay said an unvaccinated person still has a choice of which businesses they visit.

That’s not the case for some small towns, Brooks said, explaining that a town like Blanding only has two grocery stores.

During a lengthy public comment session, some people, mostly from the business community, spoke out against the bill, but the majority of commentators supported the bill.

Elizabeth Converse, with Utah Tech Leads, called the bill “anti-corporate” and said that as it is currently written, it would also affect other vaccines, causing problems.

Karen Zaya, who described herself as a nurse, said she was considered high risk due to her medical history, but she supports the bill.

“Nobody has the right to ask me what my medical history is. That’s exactly what a passport is,” she said, adding that it makes her “vulnerable to discrimination.”

Mark Alston, one of the owners of the Bayou – among Utah businesses that require proof of vaccine from customers to enter – claimed food service workers were behind hundreds of disease outbreaks. food origin in the country. He expressed concern about what the bill could do to the restaurant industry.

“I am a living woman who reserves my rights before God,” said Heather Vanin, explaining that vaccine passports allow people to be “withheld” from services based on their health status.

She said that as a mother she had seen “a lot of things cured” without vaccines.

Registration open for Cache Smokeout scheduled for July 23 – Cache Valley Daily Sun, 27 Feb 2022 11:31:13 +0000

Matt Whitaker, the executive director of the Cache Food Pantry, pulls fresh ribs from the smoker on Thursday, February 24, 2022.

LOGAN — The Cache Food Pantry and the America West Heritage Center (AWHC) are joining forces to host a pellet smoking contest this summer. This first annual Cache Smokeout will take place at the Heritage Center on Saturday, July 23 at the American West Heritage Center. It will take place during the Pioneer Day celebration.

Jake Netzley cuts a rack of fresh cooked ribs at the Cache Food Pantry on Thursday, February 24, 2022.

“This is the first home barbecue like this in northern Utah,” said Matt Whitaker, event organizer and Cache Food Pantry executive director. “The pit crews register all ready.”

Whitaker connected with a guy who has software for cooking contests, and he agreed to help organize the event. JBS Swift agreed to supply the meat. Each team will smoke ribs and chicken thighs.

“We have $8,000 in prize money. The Grand Champion will win $2,000 and the Reserve Champion will win $1,200,” he said. “We have other cash prizes; second place receives $750, third place receives $500, and fourth place receives $150.

Whitaker is an avid smoker and cooks several racks of ribs each week and donates them to the generous pantry donors. He recently attended the Kansas City Barbeque Society World Invitational held at Fire Lake Arena in Shawnee, OK. And I wanted to bring the excitement back to Cache Valley.

If someone won both the chicken thighs and the ribs contest, they could walk away with $2,000.

Money raised will go to Cache Food Pantry and AWHC“Whitaker said. “The AWHC will organize other activities for the celebration of Pioneer Days.

It’s the first time Whitaker has tried to do something like this here, so they don’t know how it will turn out, but he’s publicizing it throughout the region.

“We are also accepting sponsor requests,” he said. “We think something like this could work in Cache Valley.”

BBQ Pit Stop manager Jack Carlisle said backyard smokers are becoming really popular and the pellet stove allows people to smoke on their patio.

Ribs are removed from the smoker at the Cache Food Pantry on Thursday, February 24, 2022.

“Camp Chef is made in Cache Valley and Traeger is based in Salt Lake, which are very popular right now,” he said. “Pellet stoves are replacing the gas grills that were so popular for years.”

Hey Grill Hey is another Utah connection. Suzie Bulloch of St. George has a website dedicated to cooking on a pellet stove with different types of meats and sides. She has created over 450 recipes for thousands of people using smokers.

With the popularity of pellet stove cooking in the backyard, the Cache Smokeout could catch fire.

]]> Poll: Utahns mixed on state of economy amid inflation worries Fri, 25 Feb 2022 23:34:11 +0000

When it comes to the current state of the economy, it turns out that Utahans are far more optimistic about what’s happening in their home state compared to the rest of the country.

But opinions are almost evenly divided on the actual performance of the local economy.

A new statewide Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll found that 48% of respondents think Utah’s economy is performing at a “good” or “excellent” level, while only 20% rate the overall US economy as “good” or “excellent”. shape.

And while 78% rated the state of the nation’s economy as “fair” or “poor,” 50% rate Utah’s economic climate as “fair” or “poor.”

The survey was conducted by Dan Jones & Associates from February 7-17 among 808 registered Utah voters. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.45 percentage points.

Young Utahns tended to be more pessimistic about the national economy than older residents, with 92% of survey respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 rating it as “fair” or “poor.” Younger residents were also of the same opinion regarding Utah’s economy, as 78% of this age group rated it as “fair” or “poor”.

Just over half of Democrats and Republicans in the survey rate Utah’s economy as “excellent” or “good,” but Republicans were less optimistic about the national economy than Democrats.

Phil Dean, a senior public finance fellow at the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, said Utah’s economy outperforms most of the country, which likely explains participants’ sunnier disposition. in the survey regarding the local economy.

“I think that’s well-founded optimism for Utah’s economy,” Dean said. “We still have many challenges ahead, and the growth is significant, but there are plenty of reasons to be positive.”

Utah continues to lead the nation in job growth after the worst impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the vast majority of the state’s business sectors are fully recovered and in growth mode in terms of jobs. jobs, he said.

Dean also noted that while the Deseret News poll data showed better respondent positivity about Utah’s economy compared to the rest of the United States, a majority still weighed in on the “correct” ratings or “mediocre” and believe record inflation is being felt by all Utahns.

“Every day people see in their own jobs and personal finances what’s going on and they feel reasonably good about it,” Dean said. “But inflation hits us hard in housing, groceries and gas pumps.”

A report released last week by the Salt Lake Chamber noted that Utah’s two-year December job growth of 3.7% was the highest in the nation and one of only four states to show a positive evolution of employment. And, the state hit 1.9% unemployment, the lowest on record for the state and currently the second lowest in the nation.

Phil Dean, senior public finance fellow at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, speaks at the 2022 Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit at Grand America in Salt Lake City on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

Phil Dean, senior public finance fellow at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, speaks during the 2022 Utah Economic Outlook and Public Policy Summit at Grand America in Salt Lake City on January 13, 2022.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

House Speaker and CEO Derek Miller said inflationary pressures were also impacting the state’s business community, but continued growth across all sectors would help boost the economy of the state.

“Utah’s economic engine continues to grow, reaching near our employment limits,” Miller said in a statement last week. “Executive confidence has slipped amid broader concerns of lingering inflation and hampered supply chains. Despite these challenges, Utah’s growth is leading the nation with construction, business services, trade and transport that pushes our economy upwards.

Natalie Gochnour, director of the Gardner Policy Institute, also saw the new chamber data as evidence of a necessary, but not necessarily negative, recalibration of the state’s economy.

“The economic scorecard shows that our state not only leads the country in key areas, but also underscores our potential for growth,” Gochnour said in a statement. “The economy is reaching its current limit, with the unemployment rate bottoming out at less than 2% and labor shortages limiting our ability to grow.

“This healthy rebalancing within the economy – as people continue to re-enter the workforce and industrial sectors recalibrate – are positive signs overall. Greater concerns about supply chains, lingering inflation and pandemic-related challenges are still impacting Utah, but to a lesser extent than other states. I am optimistic that we will continue to adapt and lead the country as we emerge from the pandemic. »

Title race heats up in EPL ahead of weekend Fri, 25 Feb 2022 22:44:42 +0000

SALT LAKE CITY – We have a title race on our hands ladies and gentlemen. With Man City losing a thrilling game to Spurs 3-2 at the weekend, and Liverpool coming back to beat Norwich 3-1, then finally playing their game in hand in which they beat sorry Leeds 6-0.

After the two teams have played 26 games, City are now just three points clear at the top. Liverpool have a bigger positive goal difference though, and if the title race comes down to nice margins? Then it’s something to watch over the next few months.

Liverpool and Chelsea face off in the League Cup on Sunday at Wembley Stadium with kick-off at 9.30am MT on ESPN+.

You can watch Everton v Manchester City on Saturday on KSL 5 TV, at 10.30am MT. Can Everton bounce back? How are City reacting to their loss to Spurs?

Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur

Saturday morning kickoff at 5:30 MT on USA Network puts two managers under pressure, perhaps? Marcelo Bielsa is adored at Leeds. The man, although enigmatic at times, does not weaken in his way of doing things.

Man scoring all over the pitch at high intensity with or without the ball. The problem is that his squad is quite small, and having three key long-term players has pushed Leeds to their limits.

The backbone of the team is hurting with the loss of captain Liam Cooper, setting everything before him in the heart of the defence. Kalvin Phillips still missing in the middle of the park is a blow, his ability to protect the back four sorely missed, his ability to drive forward with the ball and then his excellent passing range and vision hampered the attack.

Finally, Patrick Bamford’s goal threat hurt the team. His 17 goals last season made Leeds a formidable attacking threat and they ended their first EPL season safely in mid-table. Leeds still play much the same way, with plenty of pace with Jack Harrison on the left, Raphinha on the right and then Daniel James as point-scorer. However, without Bamford’s heist and without the gaps created by Bamford’s faster players, the attack is toothless.

Spurs beat leaders Man City 3-2 on the road last week and they were brilliant. Organized defensively, disciplined in midfield and absolutely ruthless up front as Harry Kane watched every square inch as one of the best centre-forwards in the world. After a few days and a 1-0 loss to basement boys Burnley, manager Antonio Conte pulled his hair out.

What happened in his post-match presser was a man who almost wanted his employers to fire him. Frustrated with his players, frustrated with recruitment in the last window. From going through the weekend highs and looking to start, to the lows of the previous weeks to get unfavorable results.

Clearly Spurs are probably three players short of getting to the Pochettino days (I still believe Poch would have turned things around before he was fired) where you thought they were building something special. I still maintain that Spurs have one of the best offenses in the league, Kane is as natural a No.9 as he is a No.10.

Finishing or creating is at a very high level. His is as good as any left side striker. The third option was in play, but the arrival of Dejan Kulusevski on loan from Juventus appears to be the man to fill the role. He’s a versatile player who can play on the wing like he does now, or the ability to play more centrally in a few areas. The one thing he’s built a reputation on is his ability to work extremely hard, consistently for 90 minutes. He is a constant thorn in the side of defenders and, at just 21, he has a big future ahead of him. If he starts on Saturday, he will be one to watch.


Leeds showed a real fight against Manchester United last weekend, going from 2-0 to 2-2 shortly after the start of the second half, only for them to run out of steam, and the quality of the Red Devils came forward. In midweek, they started brilliantly against Liverpool, only to be crushed. Losing 3-0 at the time, they conceded three more goals in the final 10 minutes to lose 6-0. Fatigue plays its part again.

For me, it’s Spurs to lose, the attack, if it picks up, could end up with a neat result. Either way, I’d be surprised if one of the managers lost their job.

West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers

To complete the weekend for us, we are interested in this match which you will be able to see on Sunday. Kicking off at 7:00 a.m. MT on the US Network. Two teams who are at the heart of the battle for fourth place in the EPL, and at the very least both will want some kind of European football next season.

Sixth-place West Ham, just one place and two points from seventh-placed Wolves. The Hammers have one of the brightest English attacking talents in the Premier League, Jarrod Bowen. The winger has eight goals and eight assists so far this season. 16 goals this season, only bettered by Mo Salah.

Bowen has come a long way since moving to West Ham. Of course, he looked very good in the Championship at Hull City, and it seemed like a good move when he arrived in January 2020, but what he has done to adapt physically and his constant improvement has allowed West Ham to strengthen and become real top four challengers. .

Of course, there’s a lot more to the Hammers, but the way this team has been built and the improvement of the players is a testament to manager David Moyes’ approach. Use a core in the team and only change things when injuries occur, but make minimal adjustments otherwise.

They’re a solid unit that’s built to go deep, with two central midfielders protecting and then using good pace in the final third to explode forward. The likes of Bowen, Fornals and Antonio are able to leap forward and carry on or walk away and then allow a few more to join the fast attack.

It’s something Moyes honed hard during his second spell at the club. This can be seen in the stats column, with West Ham fourth in the table when it comes to goals scored (45).

Wolves are quietly going about their business in the league. A change of manager during the summer allows Bruno Lage to take over a team in difficulty the previous season. But Lage quickly put his claws into the team, building the most widely used three-defender system. He made them even harder to beat. They have conceded just 20 goals this season so far which is good enough for the EPL’s joint third-best record.

Of course, the goals at the other end didn’t fly either, with only 24 scored. The majority of the season, Lage used Raul Jimenez, Daniel Podence and Kwang Hee-Chan in the front three, but Pedro Neto returned from injury after 10 long months without him following a knee injury.

He will certainly add a much-needed option and potentially more goals to an attack that perhaps should be shooting a bit more regularly. The midfielder is Wolves’ superpower, however.

Ruben Neves is attracting attention again this season, with his range of technical skills, passing range and hard work alongside compatriot Moutinho, allowing all three backs to be protected, and overlapping wingers know that if they are caught on the ground than those two are smart and disciplined enough to slip. They are one of the main reasons why wolves are so difficult to take down.


They might as well cancel each other out, but don’t let that distract you from the midfield battle that will ensue. Soucek and Rice from West Ham, and most likely Neves and Moutinho (Dendoncker could come in) from Wolves, are launching fast counterattacks, and it should be worth it.

We will be back next week. Be sure to tune in to Major League Soccer this weekend. Real Salt Lake will start its season Sunday on the road against Houston Dynamo. A 5 p.m. kick that you can find on KSL Sports.