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  • Fresh federal legislation, signed into law May 20 by President Barack Obama, gives renters in foreclosed properties the right of at least 90 days notice before having to move. Original Article

  • WEST HAVEN — A 12-screen movie theater is among the plans for a 225-acre development in West Haven known as The Destination.

    "There's nothing like this west of I-15," said West Haven Mayor Brian Melaney.

    The Destination, one of the largest projects undertaken by developer-investor John Thomas, will combine the theater, owned by Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Theaters, with various retailers, some of which have been waiting for the theater contract to be finalized.

    "Now we're going back to everyone," Thomas said.

  • PROVO (Deseret News)  — On Thursday and Friday, the Provo City Landmarks Commission will host its annual Provo City Historic Home tours. The self-guided tour is free. A reception at the Provo Library at Academy Square follows on Friday with remarks by local historian and author D. Robert Clark.

    The landmarks commission again is joining with the Utah Division of State History, the National Parks Service and the Freedom Festival to produce the tour of buildings listed on the local and National Historic Registers, commission Chairman Randy Christiansen said.

  • MIDVALE (Deseret News) — The only Salt Lake Valley municipality planning to raise property taxes is stepping back from that plan in light of decreasing property values in the city.

    Midvale had planned to raise taxes by about 6 percent through the state truth-in-taxation process, which requires multiple public notices and public hearings. But Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved a city budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year that does not include an increase.

  • (Deseret News) -- Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert still doesn't know exactly when he'll take over as governor, but on Wednesday he appointed the state's top economic development official to head his transition team.

    Jason Perry, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development since 2006, will help Herbert put together the staff he'll need as governor as well as make the other preparations necessary for the transition.

  • Salt Lake County Council Democrats want to tap taxpayers for an extra $5.5 million this year -- a property-tax hike that could lead to a showdown with Democratic Mayor Peter Corroon. Original Article

  • Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon has the backing of Salt Lake City in exploring a public-safety complex in Utah's capital that would combine the city's police and fire departments with a new district attorney's office. Original Article

  • HURRICANE - The people behind Our World Family will learn Thursday if the Hurricane City Council is going to support the project that is planned as a tourist destination with a theme park, water park, indoor ski resort and school system.

  • Utah's economy -- like the rest of the nation's -- still is sinking. But it should hit bottom next year and then start to slowly rebound. That was the news budget analysts shared Tuesday with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Original Story

  • Fresh signs that the nation's economy is stabilizing -- though at very low levels -- emerged Tuesday in reports that home construction rose more than expected last month and wholesale prices remain in check. Original Article

  • LOGAN (The Herald Journal) -- Utah State University’s Sigma Nu and Chi Omega houses are silent — empty since the fraternity and sorority lost their charters in the wake of a student’s intoxication-related death. But soon the two buildings could have new residents.

    Another fraternity is investigating the possibility of renting the Sigma Nu house for the upcoming year. Sigma Phi Epsilon’s student leadership is currently negotiating with Fifth Point Properties, a subsidiary of Sigma Nu, which owns the house.

  • FARMINGTON - One of the oldest foreclosure-rescue fraud cases in the state against a Morgan businessman has hit another road block.
  • SOUTH SALT LAKE (Deseret News) — A corner of paradise tucked into the city's industrial west side could soon be paved over to make way for a Utah Transit Authority parking lot and repair center expansion.

    Workman Park, 2350 S. 910 West, lies between acres of paving and several factories and warehouses, one of which was recently purchased by UTA for a light-rail train repair station to serve three new lines under construction.

  •  Panel discusses Utah real estate market at "Word on the Street" meeting

  • (Deseret News) SUNSET — As the Sunset City Council grapples with declining sales-tax revenue, it is searching for ways to trim its budget for 2010 without losing service, cutting jobs or raising property taxes.

    It's a tricky proposition, says Sunset Mayor Dan Gotchy.

    "Every city is feeling the punch right now," he said.

    Already, the city's $2.23 million general fund budget for 2010 is $110,000 leaner than the current budget.

  • A settlement proposal aimed at ending a four-year dispute over a property trust once controlled by a polygamous sect gives most holdings back to the sect, sets aside land for former members to claim, outlines use of a cemetery, park and library and calls for a new fiduciary to manage the trust. Original Article

  • ST. GEORGE - Housing values appear to have stabilized somewhat throughout much of the nation, but those in St. George remain inflated, according to a recent report. The median single-family home in St. George was still overvalued by 25 percent in the first quarter of 2009 Ñ the sixth highest over-valuation in the country, according to a report released by IHS Global Insight, an international consulting firm. "Any time you have more supply than demand, the price is too high," said Lecia Langston, regional economist for the Department of Workforce Services. The median St.
  • New York » Huntsman Corp. lawyers told a Texas courtroom Monday that two European banks schemed with a private-equity company to scuttle a $6. Original Article

  • Extended Stay Hotels LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, citing massive debt stemming from its 2007 acquisition by the Lightstone Group and a sharp drop in business travel due to the recession. Original Article

  • FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The federal government plans to spend up to $3 million a year to demolish and rebuild uranium-contaminated structures across the Navajo Nation where Cold War-era mining in Utah and elsewhere left a legacy of disease and death.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its Navajo counterpart are focusing on homes, sheds and other buildings within a half-mile to a mile from a significant uranium mine or waste pile. They plan to assess 500 structures over five years and rebuild those that are too badly contaminated.

  • North Salt Lake » Dave Hill lost his job several months ago, yet the family is able to do just fine on his wife's teaching salary.

    That's because the Hills also are professional "home tenders," who contract with Salt Lake City-based Designer Home Tending. Folks such as the Hills pay on average only $600 per month to live in digs that often are luxurious -- in the Hills' case, a 7,000-square-foot home high atop the east bench in Davis County.

  • Cedar City » A deep aquifer, filled with prehistoric water that has filtered through a porous formation of Navajo sandstone, slumbers deep underground in southern Utah, waiting to be tapped.

    At least that is what a retired geology professor believes. E. Blair Maxfield wants a test well drilled to confirm or discredit his theory-- and state officials acknowledge he could be right -- about the uncharted aquifer that could extend east of Cedar City and north of Zion National Park.

  • Vernal » Utter the word "bust" around here and people shush you. Don't say it aloud, or it will happen.

    The energy economy, the source of much of the Uinta Basin's wealth and woes, looks wobbly now that the globe's financial collapse has caught up with eastern Utah. Drilling is down. Unemployment is up. Storefronts on Vernal's Main Street are starting to empty and so are motel rooms as oil and gas workers move away.

  • There have been further developments in the possible purchase of the former Utah Fun Dome property in Murray.

    The Murray Journal has learned that an investment group that hopes to open two private schools at the site of the former Fun Dome is under contract for purchase of the property. The group, called Trojan Family Pride, is in the midst of a contingency period for purchase of the property from Utah Buildings, LLC.

  • (Millcreek Journal) -- East Mill Creek resident Ron Johnson is worried his community is disappearing. As a founding member of the East Mill Creek Community Council (started in 1990) and a long-time, second-generation member of the East Mill Creek Lions Club, Johnson has watched the community he was raised in change over the years. Some of those changes have been good, but for Johnson, some have been bad.

  • (Millcreek Journal) -- Despite a tough economy and major budget cuts, Salt Lake County is following through on promised sidewalk projects throughout Millcreek Township. “We’re doing everything that we had scheduled at the end of 2008 and budgeted for 2009,” said Andrea Pullos, Salt Lake County transportation manager. “Next year, it could be a different story. We don’t know what kind of budget we’ll be allowed to build off of.” Construction has already been completed on the east side of 1300 East from Miller Street to Gunn Ave.

  • (Midvale Journal) -- The Midvale City Council approved a $30 million tentative budget for the 2010 fiscal year on May 5, down from the $41 million 2009 budget. Next year’s budget calls for a 6 percent increase in property taxes as well as a reduction of the city’s fund balance reserve to 8.5 percent to cover projected revenue shortfall.

    The proposed increase means a Midvale homeowner with a $200,000 home, who currently pays $213 to the city for property tax, would see an increase of $13.

  • (Midvale Journal) -- After two years, the State Street (US-89) TRAX Bridge has finally been completed.

    A double-span structure has replaced the historic single-span bridge, enabling the Utah Transit Authority to provide two-track service for TRAX trains. The new bridge was designed to reflect the art deco style of the old bridge.

  • Here's the advantage of having once owned a luxury motor home, one of those 40-foot behemoths with a huge turning radius: It's pretty much like driving a school bus! That's how perfectly things work out sometimes, even when you've lost the motor home and a $60 million fortune.
    Spend even an hour with John Benson, and you'll start to see the upside of the downturn.
    Benson once owned two multimillion-dollar homes, a boat, a dozen cars, 50 real estate holdings and that $250,000 motor home.
  • Corinne Aagard's been a happy credit card customer for a long time, so she was a bit dismayed to learn — while her...
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