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Good day, neighbors! It’s me again, Joseph Peterson, your host of the Salt Lake City Daily.

First, today’s weather:

Plenty of sunshine. High: 41 Low: 21.

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

  1. Due to COVID-19, three Salt Lake City high schools have now moved to virtual learning. As of yesterday, Highland High School, East High School, and West High School have temporarily shifted to online classes with hopes to re-open for in-person school on Wednesday, January 19. (fox13now.com)
  2. Utah schools are collapsing under staffing shortages. Nicole Palmer, principal of Rose Park Elementary School is trying to manage a school which, at certain points since the semester started, has gone without counselors, librarians, teachers, and custodians. This deep dive into the chaos of spinning plates that is keeping a school operational highlights the extraordinary efforts by educators during an unprecedented challenge. (KUER 90.1)
  3. Salt Lake City is the largest it’s ever been, and the redistricting process for its city council districts is about to begin. The city is looking for residents to join the Redistricting Advisory Commission to make independent recommendations for the district maps that the city will have for the next decade. Anyone is eligible, and the city encourages applicants of diverse ages and neighborhoods and from traditionally marginalized populations, as well. (KSL.com)
  4. As the COVID-19 pandemic surges with the omicron variant, pushing school systems to the brink of being able to operate, teachers in Salt Lake City and at schools across the state are asking for help. Recognizing that open schools are a key part of a functioning society, teachers and school administrators are looking to parents to help with smaller but essential tasks that need to be done while they focus on leading doubled-up classrooms or shifting to virtual learning. (ABC 4)

Today in Salt Lake City:

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  • Experience the “Third Saturday for Families” at the Natural History Museum of Utah‘s Emma Eccles Jones Education Center Classroom where kids can make their own moving pictures with a flipbook. (Saturday 1:00 PM)
  • See social media star Trey Kennedy‘s Are You For Real? Tour at the University of Utah’s Kingsbury Hall. (Saturday 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM)
  • Get your laughs on with storyteller and comic Esther Povitsky at Wiseguys Comedy Club, Downtown. (Saturday 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM)
  • Hear Songs of Perseverance, part of the NOVA Chamber Music Series at the Libby Gardner Hall, which will explore perspectives on persistence and extinction. (Sunday 3:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • “Winter can be a hazardous season of travel for both motorists and wildlife. Eagles sometimes feed on deer carcasses near highways, bringing them close to moving vehicles. The birds won’t always fly away as you’d expect — they often can’t — they often can’t fly until they digest their recently eaten food and they aren’t as maneuverable as smaller birds. Biologists and HawkWatch International estimate that upwards of 75 eagles are hit on Utah’s roads every year. When you’re on the road, please watch out for wildlife.” (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)
  • “A look back our MLK Day Rally and March in 2017. Please join us this Martin Luther King Day to commemorate his legacy and the work of Civil Rights activists.” (The University of Utah)
  • “PRELUDE CHAT: Want to know more about Utah Opera‘s production of Jonathan Dove and April DeAngelis’ “Flight?” Co-hosts Carol Anderson and Jeff Counts discuss the comedy, energy, music, and emotion of a colorful cast living out an unexpected overnight delay.” (Utah Opera)
  • “One of the five new exhibitions opening at The Museum on January 21st is Lilly Agar’s A Hug Away. This interactive exhibition in the Projects Gallery features portraits of members of the Salt Lake queer community in bright, hopeful colors, paired with audio files of the sitter’s coming-out story.” (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art)

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That’s it for today. See you all tomorrow morning for your next 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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