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  • (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."

  • OGDEN - The city council may adopt a resolution of intent tonight to reissue up to $32 million in bonds and pledge franchise tax proceeds as substitute collateral for The Junction development.

  • ST. GEORGE — The City of St. George Energy Services Department has been recognized with a “Smart Energy Innovation Award” for its innovative new solar program, which was implemented in January.

    During a meeting of the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems — UAMPS — Aug. 13, St. George received the award, which recognizes a municipal utility for “excellence in implementing energy efficiency programs and/or renewable projects.”

  • Gov. Gary Herbert is poised to sign a conservation easement that will protect 252 acres -- the site of an ancient Indian village -- from development of a train station and commercial project along the Jordan River in Draper, his spokeswoman confirmed Monday night.

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  • David Serbeck developed a reputation in his neighborhood for lending a helping a hand to his neighbors.

  • Odd Fellows Hall might be moved this week. Restaurateur John Williams, who owns three businesses close to the 118-year-old building on Market Street, said contractors and city officials have alerted nearby merchants that the move could close the street to traffic on Wednesday.

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  • HURRICANE - City Manager Clark Fawcett said Giving Vanguard Golf Management Group the management of Hurricane city-owned Sky Mountain Golf Course without the benefit of a "request for proposal" - an enhanced bid process - may have been a mistake. But he doesn't believe the outcome would have been different if the process had been changed.

  • Sandy has an offer for prospective homeowners: Buy a new house in Sandy and get $5,000. The southern Salt Lake Valley suburb of 97,000 people is rolling out an "Own in Sandy" campaign to spark home sales and new construction.

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  • CLINTON  (Salt Lake Tribune) » Step inside this massive Wal-Mart Supercenter in northern Davis County and you'll see some fairly dramatic changes for a retailer known for its cavernous and often cluttered stores.

  • LAYTON (Deseret News) — It's been years since John Sill first heard that the south Layton freeway interchange could take his restaurant.

    But once the Utah Department of Transportation gave him notice he would need to vacate the property on the south end of Main Street where his family has owned land for 150 years, he got moving.

    Sill, the owner of Sill's Cafe, has found a new location to move the local eatery where he worked as a boy.

    Sill's Cafe will have a new home starting in November at 374 E. Gentile St., across the parking lot from Burger Stop.

  • (Deseret News) West Valley City has finalized an agreement for the development of an international marketplace by agreeing that shops in the project be dedicated to specific geographic regions or ethnicities.

    The agreement with Ascent Construction comes after a summer of wrangling over the mix of shops in the planned project, which would connect 3500 South to the Jordan River east of Redwood Road and near the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) Four Utah movie theaters, all part of the locally owned Red Carpet Cinemas chain, have closed for business.

    The theaters -- the 5 Star Cinemas in Magna, the six-screen Showcase Cinemas in Taylorsville, the Gateway 8 in Bountiful, and the Spanish 8 in Spanish Fork -- had a combined 27 screens, playing first-run and discount movies.

    Red Carpet's company, JL Theatres Corp., recently defaulted on a bank loan. The bank sold JL's assets to M3B Partners LLC, a group of investors with Utah ties.

  • Herriman (Salt Lake Tribune) » At one time, these quarter-acre lots in a quiet neighborhood with a community pool and playground were a home buyer's dream.

    Now the nearly five acres of dry weeds are a banker's nightmare.

    They are among nearly 6,000 vacant single-family lots in Salt Lake County that are not being built on despite the fact many have the improvements such as roads, utilities and sidewalks needed to erect a home tomorrow. There are another 12,000 or so in Utah and Davis counties.

  • Washington » The wounded U.S. economy has shown signs of improvement in recent weeks. But many economists, who were caught off guard by the brutality of the downturn, are accentuating the negative, bracing for head winds that could cause the recovery to be weak.

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  • ST. GEORGE - With no fanfare, the Washington County Water District employees moved into the district's new office building the first of May.

  • It will be spectacle today as long-time residents gather for a glimpse of history crumbling into rubble. Perhaps even cameras and camcorders will document the event as Southern Utah University razes the 9,491 square-foot life science building to prepare for the construction of the 42,385-square-foot Walter M. Gibson Science Center.

  • LAYTON -- A road once dotted with fruit stands is now marked by construction and development.
  • (The Enterprise) The Villas at Harmony Place, a 145-home development in Layton, is awaiting approval from the Layton City Council. The 44-acre housing development will be located at 475 South and 220 West. The property is owned by Perry Homes, The Adams Co. and Bob Stevenson, former city councilman. Plans to construct an LDS Church on 3.5 acres were approved earlier by the Layton City Council. Construction could begin as early as this fall with 62 of the 145 planned homes. The homes will range in size from 2,600 to 3,600 square feet and start around $200,000.

  • (The Enterprise) FlSmidth will be the first tenant in Midvale’s 90-acre View72 Corporate Center, Utah’s largest Class A office park. The Danish equipment supplier will occupy a three-story, 120,000-square-foot office building and 55,000-square-foot laboratory once it is completed next summer. The building will be LEED certified and will be built on approximately 10 acres at 7200 South along the Jordan River. The company will move its 400 employees into the building once it is completed.
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  • ELK RIDGE (Deseret News) — Property taxes are going up in this hillside community, but just 12 people showed up at Tuesday's Elk Ridge City Council meeting to discuss it.

    The new tax rate approved by the City Council will add an average of $40 a year to residents' property-tax burdens and generate an additional $26,000 a year for the city.

    With the tax increase, retroactive to July 1, the city will collect about $260,000 from property taxes.

    The property-tax increase passed by a 3-2 vote, with councilmen Sean Roylance and Derrick Johnson dissenting.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) If your family needs a home, there probably hasn't been a better time in the past five years to make a move, according to one of the state's most prominent economists.

    Though others caution that the deteriorating housing market might not have reached bottom, low mortgage rates and a rollback in home prices to near-2004 levels provide ample incentives, said Wells Fargo & Co. economist Kelly Matthews.

  • Utah's America First Credit Union, in a deal arranged by federal regulators, has taken over the assets and most of the liabilities of Las Vegas-based Community One Federal Credit Union.

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  • South Salt Lake » City Council chambers in this industrial burg hosted "political theater" Wednesday night as city leaders agreed to sell a park near the Jordan River Parkway.

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  • CEDAR CITY - The Iron County Board of Realtors donated $10,000 to the Iron County Care and Share Wednesday to help with construction of new facilities for the nonprofit organization.

  • Actual job losses in Utah since the credit crisis began last fall are far greater than official estimates, bolstering a view that Utah is enduring the worst recession since the state began keeping records.

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