Union says Salt Lake City VA greatly understaffed

SALT LAKE CITY — For the past few years, stories of veterans having to wait for extended periods to receive medical care or mental health care have been all over the news. Some critics have blamed government bureaucracy, while others contend that the U.S. Veterans Health Administration simply doesn’t have adequate staffing to serve the men and women in need of care. On Monday, the American Federation of Government Employees — the largest federal worker union that includes 250,000 at the Department of Veterans Affairs — held a rally outside of the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center to raise awareness about ongoing issues with veterans care. The union claims… Read More

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‘Help creating hope’: Salt Lake’s one-stop shop for homeless services debuts

SALT LAKE CITY — Arya Cunningham said she’s been "stuck" at the Road Home for about seven months, ever since her family kicked her out. "It’s so difficult to get out of (shelter) once you’re there," said Cunningham, a transgender woman. "I never wanted to be homeless." The 26-year-old said she applied for housing and financial assistance right when she landed at the downtown shelter, but "seven months later, still nothing." Cunningham also struggles with multiple behavioral health issues, including anxiety, depression and ADHD, she said, making it difficult for her to hold a steady job. On top of all that, she’s had a cavity in one of her teeth… Read More

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Eviction drive in Salt Lake ahead of Under-17 World Cup

Evicted pavement dwellers at Salt Lake On Monday afternoon, Adhir Bera (65) sat on a pavement in the posh Salt Lake City area on the eastern fringes of the city, staring blankly at the remains of his shanty. Mr. Bera, a rickshaw puller, claimed that he had been living in Sector 3 of Salt Lake “for about last 40 years”. But last week, civic officials along with the police forced him to remove his shanty from the pavement. Mr. Bera is one among the “at least 10,000” slum dwellers and hawkers being evicted by the civic authorities ahead of the Fifa Under-17 World Cup to be held in Salt Lake… Read More

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Utah Jazz: The ‘other’ renovations at practice facility get rave reviews from players, coaches

| Courtesy The Zions Bank Basketball Center will be transformed into a state-of-the-art Utah Jazz Basketball Campus that will house the team’s business and basketball operations. No one is going to pull off a curtain to unveil a oversize Jazz note in the already packed parking lot in front of the Zions Bank Basketball Campus. But the less-heralded renovations at the Utah Jazz’s day-to-day practice facility in the shadow of I-15 may be just as important as the more expensive ones at the Vivint SmartHome Arena. While crews still are finishing construction on the building, the areas most frequently inhabited by players are complete, and the reviews so far are… Read More

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How to Watch: Utah State vs. Wake Forest (Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming, Odds)

Wake Forest welcomes Utah State to Winston-Salem for an out-of-conference matchup. Utah State (1-1) vs. Wake Forest (2-0) Pay No Interest Until November 2018 Plus Huge Cash Back Time: 3:00 p.m. ET (Saturday, September 16, 2017) Location: Winston-Salem, NC, BB&T Field (31,500, FieldTurf) TV: ACC Network Extra (Bill Roth (play-by-play), and Christian Ponder (color)) The game is only available through streaming options unfortunately. Online Streaming: WatchEspn Radio: Affiliates, TuneIn, Sirius Channel 83 or XM Channel 83 (Stan Cotten (play-by-play), Lary Sorenson (color), Dave Goren (sideline) on the call) Twitter: @WakeFB, @BloggerSoDear, @BSD_RaJohnston Instagram: @WakeFootball Odds: Wake Forest -11.5 (opened at -14.5), O/U of 50 (Predicting a 31-17 type game) Weather… Read More

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Residents return home after blaze that burned 3 homes

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 100 families forced from their homes when a wildfire swept through a hillside near Ogden earlier this week are being allowed to return home. The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/2xi8AU0 ) that Weber Fire District Capt. Rick Cooper said Thursday that the 1 square mile (2.5-square-kilometer) fire that started Tuesday is now 85 percent contained. Fire officials believe the blaze was human caused but are still investigating. They declined to give a cost estimate for the damage of a fire that burned at least three homes. Michelle Anderson says she was relieved to return to her house that was barely saved by firefighters who… Read More

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The Benefits Of Moving To Utah

If you are looking to move to a new state that is both affordable and beautiful you might want to consider moving to Utah. It has affordable housing and there are a ton of things to do there. The scenery is beautiful and you can’t go wrong with the housing prices. Utah is full of affordable housing and if you are moving to Utah from a more expensive state you will enjoy seeing how affordable the homes are. You can choose from new construction or older homes and there are plenty to choose from. Utah isn’t too crowded yet and you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic… Read More

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U.S. regulators give Utah 60 days for pipeline cost estimate

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Federal regulators are asking Utah officials to show they’d be able to pay for a contentious proposed billion-dollar Lake Powell pipeline to draw water to southwestern Utah’s growing Washington County. The state submitted its application for the project in March 2016 and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has periodically asked for additional information. But the regulators request on Aug. 11 called for the state to provide a cost estimate and financing plan within 60 days. Water managers believe the water would be needed sometime before 2030 to keep up with population growth and new development. The proposed line is a 140-mile (225-kilometer) project that would run… Read More

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Utah teacher wants wedding gifts sent to homeless, not her

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah high school teacher is getting married next month. But instead of registering for a blender or stemware, she’s asking for shoes and backpacks to give homeless children at her school. Copper Hills High School teacher Rickee Stewart said she was shocked when she found out more than 100 homeless students attend her school. She learned about the homeless students after the school set up a food pantry. "One of my students walked up very quietly and said, ‘So, my mom wants to know how I can actually get some of that food,’ " Stewart said. "It’s very real." This realization prompted Stewart to… Read More

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Utah Jazz 2017-2018 schedule released; will play Boston Celtics in December, March

Rick Bowmer, AP Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson (90) look for a rebound during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Gordon Hayward and Utah Jazz fans are going to have to wait a while to reunite in Salt Lake City. The NBA on Monday released the schedule for the 2017-2018 season, and Hayward’s Boston Celtics won’t play at Vivint Arena until March 28. The Jazz and Celtics will face off in Beantown on Dec. 15. Utah will open its season in a renovated Vivint Arena on Oct. 18 against the… Read More

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