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  • LAYTON -- Just as the summer temperatures start to pick up, so, too, will road construction. A number of Utah Department of Transportation projects in Weber and Davis counties are picking up steam this week as the state makes use of its portion of federal economic stimulus money.
  • (THE HERALD JOURNAL) -- Construction on two new elementary schools in the Cache School District is well under way, and district officials expect the buildings will be ready to open by the start of the 2010-11 school year.

    Work on the schools, one in Nibley and one in Smithfield, began in March. Crews at the sites have laid much of the necessary concrete and underground utilities at both sites, said district facilities manager Bruce Parker. Masonry crews have also begun to build the schools’ exterior walls.

  • LEHI (DESERET NEWS)  — One small step for Utah Transit Authority, one giant leap toward easing transportation congestion along the Wasatch Front.

    Monday afternoon, UTA crews showed off their newest mile-long rail addition near the future Lehi station on the FrontRunner South line, which will eventually run from Salt Lake City to Provo.

    The 45-mile commuter rail line, which parallels the Union Pacific tracks through the two counties, is slated for completion no later than 2015.

  • (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) Washington County is being slammed hardest by the recession. Cache, Daggett, Millard and Morgan counties are coping best. And the rest of Utah lies somewhere in the middle.

    Overall, however, the state's 29 counties are in better shape than much of the country, according to The Associate Press' monthly analysis of economic stress in more than 3,100 U.S. counties.

  • Vernal (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) » There was a time when hordes of visitors -- up to a half million a year -- explored the lost world of the stegosaurus, allosaurus and diplodocus at Dinosaur National Monument.

    Call it the Jurassic Park Period, circa 1993 to '97.

    That's when Steven Spielberg's blockbuster thriller and the first of two sequels lured millions to theaters and an average of 485,000 a year to the eastern Utah monument's main attraction: the Quarry Visitor Center.

  • Political wrangling over a property tax veto issued last week by Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon continued Monday when a...
  • ST. GEORGE - As over-arching economic unrest continues to discourage consumers, sales tax revenue plunged 10.4 percent statewide, according to recent data from the Utah State Tax Commission.
  • Commerce CRG , a Utah based commercial real estate firm, will be moving this fall from 175 E. 400 South to 170 S. Main St., Salt Lake City.   Zions Bank has won the 2009 Model Bank Award in the category of online account opening from the research and consulting firm Celent.

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  • North Logan (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) » With the largest commercial development in the history of Cache County well under way, investors are betting on an improving economy to fill it up.

    Ryan Reeves is the broker for the $100 million-plus Eagle Creek Industrial Business Park, which recently broke ground at 3100 North and Main Street in this northern Utah community, population 8,149.

  • (DESERET NEWS) After holding steadfast for the past two years, vacant office space in Salt Lake County increased to a four-year high in this year's second quarter, according to the CB Richard Ellis Mid-Year Market Report.

    As of June 30, the office vacancy rate in Salt Lake County was 14.2 percent, up from 13.5 percent at the same point last year. There is approximately 4.2 million square feet of vacant office space in Salt Lake County, compared to 3.9 million square feet a year ago, the report stated.

  • (DESERET NEWS) The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that nearly 17 percent of all single-family homes built nationally in 2008 earned its Energy Star label — up from 12 percent in 2007.

    Utah, specifically, was among 15 states whose market share of new homes exceeded the EPA's energy-efficiency standards — logging in at 20 percent last year.

    Both home builders and home buyers are continuing to invest in high-performing homes that save steadfast penny pinchers money on their utility bills and help protect the environment, the EPA said.

  • (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) In 2011, the old mesa-top airport in St. George is slated to shut down after its bigger, better replacement opens on 1,200 acres five miles southeast of the city's downtown.

    The new jet-friendly facility is expected to fling open the region's doors to robust development.

    "This is the largest public works project we have ever undertaken," said Marc Mortensen, assistant to St. George City Manager Gary Esplin.

  • Orem » When Michael Freeman joined Utah Valley State College in 1993, the library held 66,000 volumes, most of which he soon shed as library director. Freeman has since amassed thousands of new books, housed in a new five-story structure that is noteworthy more for human activity than the printed material it holds.

  • (SOUTH VALLEY JOURNAL) After four months of construction, Bluffdale City has bridged the gap with Riverton and is officially reopening the bridge at 13800 South and approximately 3400 West. The bridge straddles the border of the two cities and for this reason, both Bluffdale and Riverton agreed to split the cost of construction.

  • (SOUTH VALLEY JOURNAL) Talk of the Black Ridge Reservoir, 5390 West 14940 South, began over a decade ago and the project is just about to become a reality.

    “Discussions of this pond have been going on since 1998,” said Justun Edwards, Herriman water department manager. The reservoir construction is complete and water started flowing into it in early June.

    The reservoir is a joint venture between the cities of Herriman and Riverton to provide homes and public areas in those communities with secondary water.

  • (SOUTH VALLEY JOURNAL) Herriman residents got the dirt on the JL Sorenson Recreation Center at an official groundbreaking ceremony June 11. The 110,000-square-foot building will cost an estimated $20.5 million and will include a competition-size indoor pool, a leisure pool with a lazy river, water play equipment and slides, six racquetball courts, an indoor track, two full-size basketball courts and a dance studio.

  • PROVO (DESERET NEWS) — If you love standing in lines, feeling squished and waiting for hours, this story isn't for you.

    But for those who appreciate efficient, expanded court services, the Administrative Office of the Courts wants you to keep reading.

    Court officials know that Utah County's population is growing, especially in the northwest area, and that such growth is putting a strain on the judges, employees and buildings in 4th District Court.

  • (DESERET NEWS) Psst: The super-secretive National Security Agency is about to build a huge, $1.9 billion data center at Camp Williams, Utah, to help spy on communications worldwide.

    The planned work there is so sensitive and classified that Utah's congressional delegation is declining to talk about it, saying it doesn't want to accidentally step over any lines about what can and cannot be disclosed. They referred inquiries to the NSA, which provided only a brief statement confirming the center is coming to Utah.

  • (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) Utah's first Hyatt Place Hotel opened Wednesday at The Gateway shopping center in Salt Lake City.

    Developed by Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and The Boyer Co., the hotel features 128 guest rooms and 1,000 square feet of meeting space. It will be managed by LodgeWorks, L.P., a privately held hotel development and management company based in Wichita, Kan.

  • (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE) West Valley City » Walk in the front door and right away there's a scent of something new at Holiday Inn.

    An aroma, not overwhelming but certainly noticeable, wafts through the air upon entering the lobby, dispersed by a scent fan tucked obscurely against a wall.

    "We're paying attention to the whole arrival process," said John Merkin, senior vice president of brand management for Holiday Inn in the Americas. "You notice a whiff when you come in, subtle enough after that initial whiff you don't really notice it."

  • (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE ) Windows off the north side of the Downtown Marriott Hotel afford striking views of construction activity on the City Creek Center project.

    It's an appropriate viewpoint, given that a $7 million face-lift makes the Marriott the first project in downtown Salt Lake City's renovation that is nearly completed.

    "We are the first thing to rise out of 'Downtown Rising,' said Marriott's local sales and marketing director, Bob O'Neill, citing the catch phrase for the downtown makeover bankrolled by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • (HERALD JOURNAL) -- As a landscape architect with a master’s in business administration, Blake Wright likes to joke that he should be able to figure out how to make money grow on trees.

    Though Wright hasn’t pulled that off yet, as chief financial officer of Architectural Design West he was able to find funds during tight times — pulling the company out of near bankruptcy in 2001.

  • Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon bucked fellow Democrats on Thursday and vetoed a proposed $5 million property-tax hike.

    The five County Council Democrats remain adamant that a tax increase is needed to mend the county's recession-bruised budget before entering yet another year of economic blows in 2010.

    To move forward with their plan -- which would add $10 a year to the taxes on a $250,000 home -- the council Democrats now must find a sixth vote among Republicans to overturn the veto.

  • South Salt Lake » City leaders are negotiating a possible deal with the Utah Transit Authority to sell Workman Park along the Jordan River Parkway to expand a light-rail service center.

    The city is also looking into buying another recreational property closer to residents to replace the 4.2 acre park that can be used as a soccer or baseball field, said City Attorney Dave Carlson. The park is tucked inside the city's industrial area at 2350 S. 950 West and sits up against the parkway's trail.

  • If she could achieve just one thing in office, Midvale Mayor JoAnn Seghini says, it would be to remake State Street into the pride of her city. The valley's old backbone -- the broad street stretches from the Capitol in Salt Lake City all the way to Draper -- is a vital artery in the region's

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  • Circuit City. Linens 'N Things. Bombay Co. They're all out of business, their stores shuttered, many employees laid off. But according to their old Web sites, they are all still selling, or planning to sell, the same stuff they always did -- everything from digital picture frames to

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  • New York » The Treasury Department has handed Freddie Mac $6.1 billion in new funds to help the battered mortgage giant offset its mounting liabilities, according to a regulatory filing submitted Wednesday.

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  • Provo » Utah County commissioners cleared the way for a sewage treatment plant in the Palmyra area, but delayed deciding whether a garbage transfer station could also be part of the plan.

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  • (DESERET NEWS) -- It seems overly simple to say that the solution to chronic homelessness is providing a home.

    Overly simple, indeed. And until Matt Minkevitch and The Road Home actually started doing it, virtually no one thought such a simplistic idea would work.

    But it does work — and, in true entrepreneurial style, it works better, at a cheaper cost, than alternatives like jail.

  • (DESERET NEWS) -- David Wadman took his father's business and made it his own.

    Ogden-based Wadman Corp. was founded in 1951 by Wadman's father, V. Jay Wadman. David Wadman grew up working all aspects of the business, setting concrete forms, pulling nails and framing buildings.

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