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  • (Deseret News) The eggplant was the first to go.

    Alfredo and veal, roast beef and lasagna followed close behind. By the end of the lunch rush this afternoon, there won't be much of anything left.

    No bread. No sausage. No Phil Musumeci.

    "I guess this is the end," said Musumeci, who is walking away from his downtown Salt Lake City deli after 15 years.

  • The state's latest jobs report offers no hint of the turnaround that scores of discouraged unemployed workers are hoping will happen soon. Utah's economy lost 52,600 jobs -- 4.

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  • Park City » Luxury with a few surprises. Developers Lee Hindin and Reza Fakhrieh set out to emphasize both at the Dakota Mountain Lodge, Utah's first Waldorf Astoria luxury brand hotel, which opened without fanfare last month on a hillside just off the main entry to The Canyons Resort.

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  • Utah is among a handful of states that logged the biggest jump in home loan delinquencies from the first quarter of the year...
  • Nearly 10 percent of Utah homeowners with a mortgage have fallen behind on their payments or are in foreclosure, a new report shows. Utah's share of problem loans is still less than the record-high national rate of 13 percent, which is driven by the recession throwing thousands of people out of

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  • Copper to be processed into museum building facade that will ultimately serve as the facade of the new Utah Museum of Natural History building has started its processing journey.

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  • (The Enterprise) The Barlow Arts Conservatory has opened a new, 5,000-square-foot dance and theater institution at 261 S. 1350 East in Lehi. The building will house two 1,400-square-foot studios and one 700-square-foot studio. The facility can accommodate up to 250 students. Professional ballerina Jennifer Hill Barlow owns the institution. The director of the University of Utah’s Utah Ballet, Attila Ficzere, and retired Ballet West principal ballerina, Maggie Wright Tesch, have been hired to teach at the institution.

  • OGDEN -- The windows at No Frills Diner on 12th Street are painted with the words "Yes, we are open." The restaurant is just one of many businesses along the busy thoroughfare desperately trying to get that message out as they anxiously await the completion of a major reconstruction project that began in October. "At this point, it's, 'How do we stay in business for another couple of months?' " said Evelyn Kenny, owner of Maaco Auto Painting.
  • SALT LAKE CITY (KSL) -- A University of Utah researcher says homeownership is set to hit record lows, not just nationwide but even here in Utah. But not everyone's on board with the numbers.

    Arthur C. Nelson is the director of the U's Metropolitan Research Center. According to the Census Bureau, the percentage of households that own homes peaked just shy of 70 percent in 2004 and 2005 nationwide. In the second quarter of 2009, that number had slipped to 67.4 percent.

  • (Sugar House Journal) The LDS Church’s Division of Welfare Services has announced plans to close the Deseret Industries thrift store, located on 2234 Highland Drive, and relocate it to the old Circuit City store on 724 East 2100 South. The Sugar House location is the oldest facility in the Deseret Industry system.

    The announcement was made by architect Craig Ames, Partner at PGA & W Architects and Randy Mendenhall, project manager for the Deseret Industries, during the Aug. 5 Sugar House Community Council meeting.

  • (Sugar House Journal) Since the redevelopment of the Granite Block began,, the community of Sugar House has had mixed feelings. The common thread among local merchants is having the feeling the public is not aware they are still open for business.

    Sales have significantly dropped for I Kim Co., an urban chic clothing store located just south of the redevelopment site at 2166 South Highland Drive.

  • (Sugar House Journal) The controversial “crater” on the corner of Highland Drive and 2100 South in Sugar House has been fenced off, backfilled and landscaped. Gone are the remnants of the old buildings that were razed to make way for owner/developer Craig Mecham’s redevelopment project. The property will continue to be maintained by Mecham until the economy eases and financing is available to build the high-end condominium, office building and shopping space.

  • (Murray Journal) Imagine a rejuvenated State Street running through Murray, with new buildings and modern street posts, outside dining and a bus rapid transit system. In addition to the sprawling medical plaza, Intermountain Medical Center, the look and feel of Murray could be changing. City officials would like to see this vision a reality.

  • (Midvale Journal) In a downturn economy, the opening of a 90-acre business park with an international tenant is plenty to celebrate. On Aug. 4, local and state officials welcomed FLSmidth to View 72 Corporate Center, a new mixed-use retail/commercial development at the northern edge of the former Bingham Junction Superfund site between 7200 South and 7800 South at 1000 West.

  • OREM (The Daily Herald)  -- A zoning amendment that would allow residents over 65 who own a single-family dwelling to rent out portions of it to family or nonrelatives is anticipated to come before the Orem City Council sometime next month.

    Similar to a measure narrowly passed by the Provo Municipal Council last October, the idea behind the draft legislation is that it would allow homeowners advancing in age and on fixed incomes, or who require minimal medical attention or home maintenance help, to stay in their homes, said Orem Mayor Jerry Washburn.

  • SOUTH WEBER (Deseret News) — People who want to build on sensitive lands in South Weber will now have to submit to a more rigorous review of their property before construction can begin.

    The South Weber City Council recently voted to strengthen its ordinances for property owners who build on sensitive lands — those that may be affected by landslides, liquefaction, fault lines or erosion — in the city.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) The historic Odd Fellows Hall has made the move across Market Street in downtown Salt Lake City and is expected to arrive at its final destination soon.

    Workers inched the 118-year-old building, which is sitting on dollies, to the north side of the street on Wednesday. The last step, expected to take place "in the very near future," will be a move approximately 85 feet east to the adjacent lot.

  • The foothill community of Granite has a message for its municipal neighbors: Hands off. Granite Community Council Chairman Mike Hansen hand-delivered hundreds of signatures Wednesday to the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office from residents wanting to vote on whether this unincorporated enclave at

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  • (Daily Herald) Lindon's sales tax bubble has burst, and residents will make up the shortfall.

    In a 3-1 vote on Tuesday, city officials raised the city's portion of property taxes 35 percent, saying they had exhausted other options. Councilman Toby Bath was the sole dissenting vote.

    The city borrowed $1.7 million this year from its sewer, water, garbage and other funds to stay afloat. They warned that the increase will bring in only $300,000, and more cuts -- and perhaps future tax increases -- may be necessary. About 100 residents attended the meeting.

  • (The Park Record) The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission is reviewing proposals for two large subdivisions that could provide the west side of Summit County with a remarkable amount of work force housing.

    The builders are two of the first to apply under a set of county guidelines meant to spur development of affordable homes in the expensive Park City real-estate market by allowing larger subdivisions in exchange for units that will stay lower priced. The discussions have just begun.

  • (The Herald Journal) Logan’s leaders aren’t ready to rule on a proposed ordinance requiring landlords to be licensed.

    After hearing from a parade of passionate residents on both sides of the issue Tuesday evening, the Municipal Council voted to put off a decision for 90 days so a committee can gather more input.

    Council Chairwoman Laraine Swenson alone opposed the delay, saying the proposal is the result of a year’s worth of research.

    “It was not thrown together hastily,” she said.

  • (Deseret News) Public property across Salt Lake County that currently produces little more than a healthy weed crop every year could start bearing organic produce and biofuel material under a proposal approved unanimously Tuesday by the Salt Lake County Council.

    Councilman Jim Bradley's urban farming plan calls for an inventory of unused county land to identify plots suitable for agricultural uses, including community gardens, small-scale commercial agriculture production and growing crops like switch grass or safflower for use in distilling biodiesel.

  • (Deseret News) Gov. Gary Herbert signed a conservation easement with an environmental group Tuesday evening to protect ecologically and archaeologically significant land in Draper near 13500 South and the Jordan River in perpetuity.

    That means a proposed FrontRunner south commuter-rail station will not be built on the 252 aces on which there are artifacts from a 3,000-year-old Native American village and a nesting place for migratory birds around the Great Salt Lake.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) The Salt Lake City Council is pledging $2.5 million for the chance to snatch up to $35 million in federal stimulus, which, if awarded, would speed up completion of the Sugar House streetcar to early 2012.

    "This is a very exciting day for Sugar House," Councilman Soren Simonsen said Tuesday, predicting the streetcar endeavor will be "emulated around the country."

    The money would stretch a long way toward the total project cost of $46 million.

  • MediaOne of Utah, which handles publishing and noneditorial duties for The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News , has created a real estate brokerage designed to compete against traditional full-price firms -- and it's causing a stir.

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  • ST. GEORGE - When the 5th District Courthouse on 200 East was built nearly 30 years ago, it was billed as a way to deal with crime in Washington County. Now, court officials describe that same building as woefully inadequate.
  • Construction of new single-family homes nationally rose for the fifth-straight month in July as more buyers walked into model homes ready to sign contracts, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

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  • (Utah Pulse) Five years ago Kennecott Land, a company owned by Rio Tinto -- the world's third largest mining company and owner of Kennecott Utah Copper -- opened Daybreak, a sustainable master planned community on 4,200 acres near the foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains in South Jordan City.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) As an emergency generator growled and spewed black smoke in the background, Mayor Ralph Becker, flanked by cops, firefighters and their chiefs, stood behind Salt Lake City's crumbling police headquarters Monday to call for its replacement.

    "We do not take lightly the issue of taxpayer dollars and our community's fiscal situation," Becker said. But "it is really an obligation and a responsibility that I feel just has to be done."

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