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Good morning, neighbors! Joseph Peterson here with the Wednesday issue of the Salt Lake City Daily.


First, today’s weather:

Clouds and hazy sunshine. High: 45 Low: 27.

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Here are the top three stories in Salt Lake City today:

  1. Members of the Student Advisory Council (SAC) to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) went on record to react to the way Utah schools handled their COVID-19 response. As you might expect, these students don’t all share the same outlook or the same educational experience but their comments touched on struggling with unevenly enforced policies to feeling discouraged at the lack of available resources for home study during illness or school cancellation, to general feelings of uncertainty and frustration. (KUTV 2News)
  2. Abuse, neglect, fighting, and sexual assault are all present in a FOX 13 Investigation of a Midvale psychiatric hospital that has been cited 44 times for 100+ problems since 2019 but has still not been forced to shut down. Highland Ridge Hospital treats both adults and minors and is being “aggressively” investigated not only by FOX 13 but by the Utah Attorney General’s Office as well. (fox13now.com)
  3. Mexican food is not hard to come by in Utah, but each restaurant offers its own spin on the broad and diverse food category. A new kind of Mexican restaurant is planning on opening in downtown Salt Lake that will feature more modern and healthier Mexican dishes. Sol Agave already has one location in Utah county, but the downtown SLC spot will be the first in the state’s biggest city. (ABC 4)

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Today in Salt Lake City:

  • The Red Butte Garden presents Cooking with Plants for a Healthier U, this evening at Red Butte Garden. (6:00 PM)
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with a V-day themed Yoga and Beer night at The Gateway! (6:00 PM)
  • Utah Jazz face Golden State Warriors tonight in Salt Lake, at the Vivint Arena. (8:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • “Tune in to the new episode of Capital City News, featuring an interview with Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall talking about next steps after last month’s State of the City address.” (Salt Lake City Government)
  • “Public Lands strives to foster a sense of stewardship among users of Salt Lake City’s parks and natural spaces. Recently, Public Lands has uncovered evidence of some instances of theft, vandalism, and trespassing in the Foothills and the 9-Line Bike Park. In addition to the 30+ trail signs that were stolen from the Foothills last fall but have since been replaced, Public Lands found 3 missing signs, 1 missing lodgepole signpost, and 2 damaged signs on the trails. At the 9-Line Bike Park, We’ve found evidence of extensive motorcycle use, resulting in damage to the jumps. Notice any signs of theft, vandalism, or unauthorized vehicles in Public Lands spaces? If you see something, say something. Call the Public Lands office at (801) 972-7800 or the non-emergency SLCPD number at (801) 799-3000 to notify us of these events.” (Salt Lake City Public Lands)
  • “With the inversion keeping a lid on the atmosphere this week, pollutants will accumulate in prone valleys. Here are some tips to help keep yourself safe and to reduce your contribution to air pollution.” (US National Weather Service Salt Lake City Utah)
  • “Expand your professional network, make new friends, or meet that special someone—Speed Connections is this Saturday! Your ticket gets you premium seating at “Bravo Broadway!” plus access to our exclusive pre-concert party with food, drinks, and new connections in our rapid-fire speed-friending game!” (Utah Symphony)
  • “If you have seen our February Calendar, you have noticed that the Mundi Project will be joining us on Friday, February 25th from 11am-1pm for an Instrument Making Workshop! They’re bringing everything you need to make your very own musical instrument that you can take home with you! Best of all, it’s completely free with admission to the museum!” (Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum)

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You’re all caught up for today! I’ll see you soon.

Joseph Peterson

About me: Joseph is a writer and marketing communications strategist with a degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations from the University of Utah. He’s keen on city life, public libraries, national parks, and promoting events that build community.

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