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  • 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...
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, wants to ensure that financial company bailouts do not become a perpetual part of the federal government.

    So he introduced a bill Thursday with Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., that would ban using money that is repaid to the Troubled Asset Relief Program from being put back into that program to bail out others.

    Instead, it would require that paid-back money be put into the general fund to help pay down the nation's debt.

  • A seminar for owners of manufactured homes will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Moab Public Library.

    The third of several statewide seminars is free and open to the public. It is being presented by the Utah Housing Coalition, Utah Manufactured Homeowners Action Group and Utah Resident Owned Communities.

  • HERRIMAN -- The groundbreaking for a $20 million recreation center in Herriman was today. Several representatives from various cities in the Herriman area were there including County Mayor Peter Corroon. The recreation center will include multiple amenities, including basketball courts, a dance studio and a drop-in day care area. Original Article

  • After taking a controversial plan to build on Library Square off the table, Salt Lake City leaders want the debate over where to put a proposed public-safety complex to continue throughout the month.

    Mayor Ralph Becker has announced a series of open houses and public hearings regarding the complex and the accompanying $125 million bond issue.

    Open houses: 4:30 to 6 p.m. weekdays through Thursday, June 18, First Floor Gallery of the Salt Lake City-County Building, 451 S. State.

  • SYRACUSE - A proposed property tax increase of about 40 percent has prompted discussions of how Syracuse can make up a roughly $600,000 gap between income and expenses by such measures as having mandatory furlough days.
  • OGDEN -- Tricia Fox has a home ideally located for getting around, right at the intersection of two major western Weber County byways: Midland Drive and 4000 South.
  • FARMINGTON -- The county has set the bond parameters for the construction of the Davis County Health Department building in Clearfield.
  • Salt Lake City residents could get two new libraries -- if they're willing to pony up about $20 more a year. The city's library system has asked the City Council to boost its property-tax take by $2. Original Article

  • Utah, which has seen a 115 percent increase in foreclosure-related filings over the past year, has the fifth-highest rate among all states, according to a report released Wednesday. Original Article

  • ST. GEORGE - As many companies struggle as a result of the ailing economy, dozens of Washington County businesses sought increasingly vital public exposure and networking opportunities at the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on Wednesday.
  • If Salt Lake were to develop a convention center hotel property in downtown, would it bring in more business? According to...
  • Richmond American Homes of Utah is under investigation by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro for claims that the company has agreements with Countrywide to inflate the appraisal value of Richmond American homes. According to homeowners, the company encouraged them to use Countrywide for home loan financing. Now Countrywide is allegedly refusing to discuss loan modifications with Richmond American Homes’ homeowners.
  • An affordable housing project of townhomes will be built this summer by Paul Howells and Keith Nielson at 929 S. Pierpont Avenue. Twelve vintage-looking townhomes will be built on the less-than-one-acre site. The homes will range from 800 square feet for the one-bedroom buildings and 900 square feet for the two-bedroom buildings and will cost between $140,000 and $156,000. All will have private backyards, garages and a plot of land in a community garden.
  • A 4,000-square-foot building in downtown Salt Lake City owned by 9th East Investments LLC will open the end of June as a new pizzeria, Vinto Pizzeria. The building at 418 E. 200 South has been vacant for nearly two years and was previously home of Wings ‘n’ Things. David Harries, founder of the Park Café in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park, is owner of the restaurant. The Enterprise, June 8-14, 2009

  • Cowboy Partners LC will build a $10.1 million apartment complex for low income residents at 280 E. 200 South in Salt Lake City. The ground breaking of the four-story, 81-unit Liberty Citywalk complex is scheduled for August. The building will be a sister community to Liberty Metro and Liberty Midtown. Liberty Citywalk will be built to meet LEED certification.

  •  Advantages of sustainable building discussed at CREW luncheon

  • For rent: Studio apartment. Great location, just two blocks from TRAX and Library Square. Payments as low as $327 a month. That's the housing chatter that soon could buzz through the city as Cowboy Partners builds a four-story apartment complex downtown that caters to residents making as little Original Article

  • Instead of hunting for a Salt Lake City public-safety headquarters and a District Attorney's Office downtown, the city and Salt Lake County should pursue a joint real-estate venture that combines those buildings into one. Original Article

  • Move over, Barry Bonds, and take the asterisk with you. Utah is the current "Home Run" leader these days.
  • HURRICANE - A project that for a brief moment could have ended up in Hurricane is quickly moving its way through the process in Mesquite.
  • PAROWAN - Cedar City Mayor Gerald R. Sherratt and city leisure services cemetery sexton Wally Davis approached the Iron County Commission on Monday about a donation or trade in property to beautify the Coal Creek Parkway with Cedar City's Memorial Grove.
  • The Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday approved the sale of the long-awaited $10.2 million property-tax bond to build The Leonardo at Library Square. Voters approved the funds in 2003. Original Article

  • Lower prices and a slew of home-buying incentives can help only so much. Builders along the Wasatch Front have taken out permits for the construction of 1,280 single-family homes so far this year, down one-third from 1,931 last year and a high of 6,892 in 2006, according to Construction Original Article

  • Farmington » Military land may be tax-exempt, but the Davis County Commission voted 2-1, requiring a private developer to pay property tax for housing it owns and is building at Hill Air Force Base. Original Article

  • Utah will get about $350,000 as part of a federal grant program to help boating facilities around the country. In Utah, the money from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will pay for construction of new sewage facilities at Flaming Gorge reservoir and Bear Lake. Original Article

  • SYRACUSE -- The public will have a chance to offer input on two major Top of Utah road projects this week.
  • The opening of the City Creek Center food court has been delayed.

    Officials pushed back the opening until Wednesday after running into "some unexpected snags in the final inspections and operating permit process," City Creek spokesman Dale Bills said.

    The food court, 28 S. State, had been expected to open Monday with two eateries. More vendors are expected to open shop throughout the summer.

    — Aaron Falk Original Article

  • Federal stimulus funding is being used this summer to support 120 workers doing maintenance projects on U.S. Forest Service roads in northern Utah. With $11. Original Article

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