Category Archives: Utah

Red Cross Home Fire Campaign: Free Smoke Alarms and Volunteer Opportunity

The American Red Cross has launched a new national program that has the goal of reducing death and injuries due to home fire by 25% over the next 5 years across Free Smoke Alarm Handout- 1the nation. The Red Cross is offering FREE smoke alarms and fire safety information.

The Red Cross is asking citizens to distribute information advertising the service so that they can contact the Red Cross to schedule an installation appointment if they do not have working smoke alarms. You can print out the flyer here.

The Red Cross is also in constant need for volunteers to help them fulfill these appointments to go out and install these alarms. This is a great volunteer opportunity for community members to get involved in a national campaign.

To volunteer, or for more information,contact

American Red Cross

Utah Region

555 East 300 South, Suite 200

Salt Lake City, UT 84102

(801) 323-7004 (p)


USU FREE Water Check Program

WaterCheck_Logo_GreenLightGrass_FInalDid you know that about two-thirds of Utah’s pristine drinking water is used to water lawns?  Want to save money on your water bill?  Utah State University Cooperative Extension, the Central Utah Water Conservancy District and the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake and Sandy, and have once again teamed up to bring you the USU Free Water Check Program (now in its 17th season), offering free sprinkler system and landscape evaluations to residents of participating counties.

A team of Water Check employees will visit your home to conduct an on-site analysis of your in-ground, automatic sprinkler system.  A customized watering schedule and a specific list of sprinkler system and landscape recommendations will be created, as well as other valuable tips for water conservation.

Interested homeowners should visit or call 1-877-728-3420 to sign up for a free Water Check, and a representative will contact you to schedule an appointment.  The program is currently running and continues until late August.  Appointments are available MondayFriday, 8am to 5pm.

You can also visit the facebook page.

Prison Relocation Meeting – Recap

prison relocation meeting 1The Prison Relocation Commission (PRC) held the first of three open houses on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 to share information, and answer questions from the public. The event was moderated, with audience members submitting questions for screening. The open house featured informational displays with question-and-answer sessions during the final two hours. About 200 people showed up to the event, including State Representatives and Senators.

There are currently five potential sites in the running for the new facility: two near Eagle Mountain in northwest Utah County, two near Grantsville in Tooele County and one west of the Salt Lake International Airport at Interstate 80 and 7200 West in Salt Lake County.

Easily over 50 questions were asked and answered by the panel of guests, and the session was both informative and civil. Continue reading

UPDATE: SLC’s Response on Proposed Sites for Prison Relocation: Public Meeting December 3

The public meeting event is reported in the Salt Lake Tribune here.
Breaking News – from the OFFICE of the MAYOR
Dear Community Partner,
The State Prison Relocation Commission consultant has informed Salt Lake City the Commission is looking at two sites within the City for the relocation of the State Prison. Mayor Ralph Becker met with representatives from the Commission yesterday. He informed them Salt Lake City does not believe either site is viable.
The City has many concerns regarding the two sites selected within Salt Lake City, including geological and environmental concerns, public utility costs and the possible restriction of airport expansion. To access the report Mayor Becker gave to the Commission, click here.
The Commission will hold a public meeting this Wednesday, December 3, at the Utah State Capitol Complex in the Senate Office Building, Room 210, at 2 p.m. We understand a recommendation on the final sites to be evaluated will be made at this time and that a community process will be planned.
If you would like to comment on the prison relocation, please go to the Prison Relocation Commission web page and click on the Members tab.
Please feel free to circulate this email to your respective communities. If you have additional questions about the City’s position regarding prison relocation within Salt Lake City, please email us at
Thank you,
~ Office of Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
Community Liaison

State Fairpark Update

Fairpark board wants to pursue discussions with Hansen,
RSL Published on Sep 22, 2014 05:21PM The Utah State Fairpark
board is eager to pursue a partnership with Dell Loy Hansen and
Real Salt Lake. That much is clear. But if the club’s owner and
the Fairpark are to officially enter contract negotiations regarding
the building of a potential minor-league soccer stadium to house
the club’s USL Pro team, the Real Monarchs, other developments
need to progress. Fairpark executive director Michael Steele said
Monday the board came away extremely impressed after Hansen
made his pitch on Sept. 10.

“I haven’t heard really of any detractors,” Steele said. “It’s about
getting the correct deal for the team and the Fairpark.” The Utah
State Fairpark Corporation’s lease on the Fairpark grounds
expires on June 30, 2017, but upgrades on facilities within the
park need to be made for the longevity of the grounds.

fair parkSteele said per the terms of the lease, any improvements made
on the grounds over $100,000 immediately become property of
the state of Utah. Which means Hansen’s potential stadium —
after the planned 40-to-50-year-lease — would be donated to the
Fairpark Corporation and then become an asset of the state. Now, it’s ensuring the landmark deal benefits the Fairpark and its long-term survival. “The board wants to pursue this and that was right from the meeting,” Steele said. “They want to pursue discussions with Real and Dell Loy…but by no means will this soccer complex save the Utah State Fairpark.  It will help.

“Steele said the rodeo grounds must be renovated and an expo
center must be constructed to help boost the overall versatility of
the Fairpark.

Located a few blocks west of downtown Salt Lake City, the
Fairpark has been in discussion with the state on extending its
lease on the 65 acres despite decades of dealing with struggles
and lack of funding to maintain the historic buildings. Hansen’s
stadium pitch — estimated to be as much as $18 million —
would be paid for solely out of his own pocket, which would allow
the Fairpark to avoid needing taxpayer money for upgrades or
subsidies from the state.

The stadium, which would feature artificial turf, is expected to
seat 6-to-8,000 and be ready for the Monarchs to begin play in
2016. In the mean time, Steele anticipates further negotiation
with Hansen, Gov. Herbert and the legislature to continue in the
next couple of weeks. While the Fairpark board wants to engage
in official discussions with RSL, the next part of the process turns
to the nailing down how a new master plan of the grounds can
generate revenue and impact business along 10th West and North