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Happy Tuesday and welcome to February, Salt Lake City! Here’s everything you need to know to get this day started. Here’s what’s happening today around town.


First, today’s weather:

Partly sunny and colder. High: 34 Low: 19.

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Here are the top 4 stories today in Salt Lake City:

  1. A projected 72 new apartment homes are slated for development to overlook the S-line in Sugar House, but before the new apartment building can rise up, vintage shops and an art gallery will need to be torn down. This fact seemed to be a surprise to employees at Haight and Ashbury Home, the vintage consignment clothing and furniture shop on site. (buildingsaltlake.com)
  2. A skier got stuck in a steep backcountry area of Little Cottonwood Canyon known as ‘the needle’ and was unable to travel up or down the very steep terrain, requiring a rescue operation wherein the rescuer had to lower rescue equipment down to where the skier was located. (ABC 4)
  3. A rally at the Utah State Capitol brought the issue of mask mandates front and center once again as more than 100 people gathered to ‘take politics out of public health.’ Organized by the Concerned Coalition, demonstrators argued that when it comes to COVID-19 policy, decisions should be local, and left to health professionals instead of politicians. (KUTV 2News)
  4. You don’t need to head to the north or south pole to get a look at crystalized mirabilite domes typically only seen there. Currently, at the Great Salt Lake, mirabilite formations have sprung up from the sand as spring water reacts with minerals and crystalizes on the cold, dry surface of the lake in the form of delicate mounds. They’re visible now as a result of Utah’s drought. This is the third year in a row mirabilite formations have been visible at the Great Salt Lake, and it is the only place in North America where they can be seen. (Fox13now.com)

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Today in Salt Lake City:

  • The Salt Lake City Public Library Anderson-Foothill Branch presents Book Baby, a fun storytime that encourages playful interactions between little ones and their caregivers. (10:15 AM)
  • Edge of Discovery presents Shattering the Pictures in Our Heads, an art exhibition that “deconstructs the “mythic Indian” stereotype as reductively and commonly depicted in popular culture through documentary film.” Now showing at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. (11:00 AM)
  • The Utah Watercolor Society presents their annual General Meeting held at the Sons of the Utah Pioneers building featuring a watercolor demonstration from a local artist. (7:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • “In an effort led by Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendendall, and supported by numerous local governments, partner government agencies, and private businesses, UTA fares will be free during the month of February! Fares will be free in February across our entire service area on all UTA bus and rail services, including Ski Bus, paratransit service, the Park City-SLC Connect, and UTA On Demand in southwestern Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City – Westside. For more see rideuta.com/freefare.” (Utah Transit Authority – UTA)
  • “See a day in the life of students who ski, snowboard, and pursue their education at the University of Utah. With 6 world-class ski resorts within 30 minutes of campus and a world-class education in the classroom, the U is everything winter enthusiasts are looking for.” (The University of Utah)
  • “Update on 9 Line Bike Park: The jump lines at the park are now open! The pump track will have to remain closed due to excessive mud. Users should expect conditions typical of winter- soft and slow sections that may make jumping more difficult. We hope to get the pump track open next week. Thank you for your patience and for respecting the closure.” (Salt Lake City Public Lands)
  • “You’ve all been waiting patiently and thanks to our sign shop the snowplows officially have nametags! Here is the full list of winning names from the poll. Check out the video to see how they look and to learn more about our snow removal program.” (SLCMoves)
  • “Red Iguana Restaurant was named among Yelp’s top 100 restaurants in the country! Have you been to this Salt Lake staple?” (Visit Salt Lake)

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Alrighty, you’re all good for today. See you all tomorrow for another update!

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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