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U.S. Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, announced on Thursday that he had launched a bipartisan caucus in order to \u201cunify energy storage efforts and initiatives and advance energy storage through legislation and advocacy.\u201d

The Congressional Energy Storage Caucus, which Curtis launched alongside Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, will work to increase understanding of energy storage systems, including solar panels and battery storage technology.

\u201cThe future of renewable energy and other emerging energy technologies is reliant on robust battery storage technology,\u201d a press release from Curtis\u2019 office reads. \u201cCompanies across the country are developing batteries for home storage connected to solar panels, grid scale storage, and automobiles.\u201d

The press release further notes that \u201cto ensure a resilient and reliable energy grid for the future of our nation, the process of generation and transmission will need to be supported by technologies that provide affordable and reliable long-duration storage at grid scale.\u201d

\u201cI am pleased to announce the Bipartisan Congressional Energy Storage Caucus with my co-chair Congressman Takano \u2014 to encourage the production of American clean energy and better environmental stewardship,\u201d Curtis said. \u201cInvesting in the deployment of American technology and resources around the world will reduce global emissions and improve our national security. Storage can, and should, be a part of this effort.\u201d

In a written statement, Takano said that the creation of the Congressional Energy Storage Caucus \u201cis an important environmental undertaking that will allow Congress to focus its resources on expanding and implementing our energy storage efforts.\u201d

\u201cWe must continue to explore energy storage technologies and make the investments necessary to improve our country\u2019s energy infrastructure and make our national grid cleaner, safer, more reliable, more affordable, and more secure \u2014 and that\u2019s exactly what this caucus will do,\u201d the California Democrat said. \u201cWe have the power to completely transform our energy landscape, and I look forward to chairing this caucus with Rep. Curtis and working with my colleagues to make that transformation possible.\u201d

Takano has previously sponsored legislation to expand clear energy storage, including a 2019 bill to amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 \u201cto add energy storage systems to the list of strategies states should consider when developing energy plans and using its utility ratemaking authority,\u201d as well as a bill to expand the categories of projects \u201cthat are eligible for innovative technology loan guarantees to include a category of projects for battery storage technologies for residential, industrial, or transportation applications.\"

Curtis has made national headlines in recent weeks for calling on conservatives to embrace the issue of climate change.

In June, the Utah Republican\u00a0announced the formation of the Conservative Climate Caucus, which he described as \u201ca place for Republicans to advance serious climate solutions that do not ask them to leave their conservative values at the door.\u201d

Curtis also serves as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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Police say a body found in American Fork Canyon on Friday may be that of a man who has been missing since earlier this month.

The Utah County Sheriff\u2019s Office announced on Friday afternoon that a body had been found along Snake Creek Road above Tibble Fork Reservoir. The body is believed to be that of Darren Przybyla, 38, who was last seen on July 11.

\"(Utah County Sheriff\u2019s Office Search and Rescue) searched this area for 2 days without being able to find him,\u201d the sheriff\u2019s office wrote on Twitter.

On Tuesday, the sheriff\u2019s office said that Przybyla\u2019s car was abandoned above Tibble Fork Reservoir, \u201cwhere he told his family he was going camping.\u201d

The sheriff\u2019s office has been looking for Przybyla since Monday.

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The college town of Cedar City has been suffering drought like every other part of the state. However, within that drought has come torrential monsoon rains that have devastated the city.

On Wednesday at 9 p.m., Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson called her friend Vineyard Mayor Julie Fullmer to ask if she had as much as 7,000 sandbags she could share. Wilson said she would be willing to come up and get them.

Fullmer was touched by Wilson\u2019s plea and began an outreach to find sandbags. In the end, more than 60,000 sandbags made their way to Cedar City and Moab Thursday morning.

Wilson said the city had gone through 10,000 sandbags in just under two days and she was concerned what other damage could occur if they didn\u2019t get more.

Fullmer started texting local mayors and leaders and within hours started getting deliveries to the Vineyard drop site from Provo, Orem, American Fork, Lehi, Draper, Pleasant Grove and Spanish Fork. All delivering bags, some already filled.

Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee sent 10,000 bags from the county. Other locations were waiting to hear what else was needed.

The Utah Department of Transportation offered to help facilitate transfers if needed.

\u201cWe were privy to watching everyone step up to the call,\u201d Fullmer said. \u201cIt was an incredible show of good will.\u201d

The bags left for Cedar City and Moab at 10 a.m. Thursday and crews were there to help unload when they arrived at 1 p.m.

\u201cOn Monday, Cedar City received significant flooding,\u201d said Mayor Maile Wilson. \u201cI shot out a text to a couple of mayors, Julie was one of them. Before the night was over she had contacted several communities.\u201d

\u201cMore than 25,000 bags arrived, which will help residents and businesses as we go into the weekend,\u201d Wilson said. \u201cThis was a huge thing for our community, and it\u2019s good to know other cities from all over the state have our back.\u201d

Wilson noted that the sandbag truck pulled in and within minutes it had started to rain.

\u201cIt truly is a relief for our community,\u201d Wilson said, \u201cand another resource to protect our residents.

\u201cThe network we have between our mayors is incredible, this is just another example,\u201d Wilson said.

This was not just a mission of caring, but according to Moab Mayor Emily Niehaus, it was a miracle sent by angels.

After Wednesday night, Niehaus and her city staff assessed what they were lacking as far as sandbags and what they felt they would need for the monsoon season. The number was 25,000 bags. That was what they felt would take care of them.

Fullmer sent Niehaus a text Thursday morning telling her they were coming to Cedar City and would be diverting a truck to Moab. It would be a truck of 25,000 sandbags.

Neither mayor had told the other the exact number until the trucks pulled out, it was just a feeling they needed help, Fullmer said.

\u201cIt was just what we needed,\u201d Niehaus said. \u201cJulie Fullmer is an angel. She can do anything with her willpower and strength. She is an amazing, get-it-done person.\u201d

Niehaus said she feels lucky to have Fullmer as a \u201csister mayor\u201d friend.

\u201cI appreciate her gift of service to our community,\u201d Niehaus said.

Moab has a population 5,000, but it swells to much more in the summer months.

Fullmer said she was calling and texting people past 10 p.m. Wednesday.

\u201cWhen I reached out to the mayors, they were my friends,\u201d Fullmer said. \u201cI reached out in the middle of the night. Lehi automatically sent 30,000 and Draper sent three pallets. This is what the world needs, this outpouring, calling people to action.\u201d

Utah County gave us 7,000 bags. Mapleton helped with transportation. If a city didn\u2019t have sandbags they did do something like provide trucks.

Representatives from all the cities\u2019 Public Works departments started showing up with bags at the Vineyard drop-off spot.

Fullmer said she wanted to hug them all, but instead shook everyone\u2019s hands.

The Vineyard Public Works employees drove the bags to Cedar City and Moab.

\u201cWhat I loved is everyone was so cheerful about it,\u201d Fullmer said.

On the other end, city workers, city managers and anyone they could get to volunteer started filling sandbags as soon as the trucks arrived. Many of the volunteers were filling the bags with their hands, according to reports that came back to Fullmer.

Heavy rains and flash flooding are expected to continue throughout the weekend.

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A handful of Utah government and water officials, including Gov. Spencer Cox, spoke on Thursday about the state\u2019s ongoing drought and ways that state agencies can conserve water throughout the rest of the summer.

Nearly the entire state, just under 99%, is currently experiencing \u201cextreme\u201d drought conditions, according to data from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

During a press conference at the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District in West Jordan, Cox told reporters that \u201cwe have seen significant reductions in water usage across the state\u201d and noted that \u201cevery water district has reported significant water savings compared to this time last year and in years past.\u201d

The governor also noted that there was \u201can incredible reduction in wildfires\u201d in July compared to the previous year, including a lower number of human-caused wildfires on Pioneer Day weekend.

\u201cAnd so we\u2019ve been really fortunate,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019ve been lucky \u2014 but again, this is a direct response to people\u2019s behavior.\u201d

The governor also talked about ways state agencies and local water districts can save water, including by installing secondary water meters statewide, which he said \u201chas to be a priority for us.\u201d

\u201cYou can\u2019t manage what you can\u2019t measure. And so areas that have installed secondary meters have seen a reduction in water use by about 20% to 30%. Just by measuring it, they see a reduction. So installing secondary meters yields the biggest bang for the buck when you look at the amount of water saved compared to the cost of meters,\u201d he said.

Cox praised a handful of Utah County cities that are already \u201cfully metered,\u201d including Spanish Fork, Mapleton, Saratoga Springs and Santaquin.

\u201cWe\u2019re not new to water conservation,\u201d said Rick Maloy, water conservation manager at the Central Utah Water Conservancy District. \u201cWe\u2019ve been doing aggressive programs for many years, and in fact over the last 10 years, the district has conserved over a million acre feet of water through our programs.\u201d

That\u2019s enough water \u201cto fill Strawberry Reservoir,\u201d according to Maloy, who acknowledged that there is still more work to do.

St. George Mayor Michele Randall spoke about efforts to conserve water in southern Utah. In the last two months, Washington County used 40 million gallons less than in the same period in 2020, \u201ceven despite it being hotter and drier,\u201d Randall said.

\u201cWe\u2019re targeting the state\u2019s most aggressive water conservation goals,\u201d the St. George mayor said. \u201cThis is going to require significant changes to our lifestyles and our landscapes.\u201d

This year, St. George is removing nearly 500,000 square feet of grass from city parks and municipal facilities, according to Randall, in addition to revising irrigation and landscaping at city golf courses \u201cto save more than 30 million gallons a year annually.\u201d

\u201cWater is the keystone to all of our communities,\u201d she said. \u201cWith it, we thrive. Without it, we fail. And so we each need to do our part. And southern Utah is leading out on doing that in the hottest, driest part of the state.\u201d

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The continual work of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made it necessary to conduct some of that out of the normal times set around April and October general conferences.

In April, the church sustained 77 new Area Seventies (regional leaders) during a leadership meeting, rather than in a conference session.

On Thursday, for the first time, it was announced that 66 Area Seventies will be released as of Sunday. That comes two months prior to the October semi-annual conference when the releases would have typically been announced.

\u201cArea Seventies serve as \u2018special witnesses\u2019 of Jesus Christ to the geographic areas in which they live around the world,\u201d the church announcement said.

Among those being released from the Twelfth Quorum of the Seventy (Utah Area) are some familiar names, including Brigham Young University Kevin J Worthen and Nu Skin founder and CEO Blake Roney.

Worthen was called to the Seventy in April 2010. He started serving as BYU president in May 2014. Worthen\u2019s release from the Seventy is not an indication or tied to his service as president of BYU.

Roney was sustained as an Area Seventy in April 2016.

Others being released in the Utah area are Brent J. Christensen, Douglas L. Dance and Eric J. Schmutz.

Members of the LDS Church may recognize these names. As part of their assignments as Area Seventy, they travel to and speak at the various stake conferences in the area.

Five leaders were released from the Third Quorum of the Seventy, which covers the areas of Central, South and West Africa.

The Fourth Quorum of the Seventy, which covers Asia and Asia North areas, saw four leaders released.

Only two Area Seventy were released from the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy, which covers the Brazil area.

There were 11 releases from the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy, which covers the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico areas.

There are two releases from the Seventh Quorum of the Seventy which covers the Europe, Europe East and Middle East, and Africa North areas.

The Pacific and Philippines areas that are assigned to the Eighth Quorum of the Seventy had six leaders released.

Ten Area Seventy were released from the Ninth Quorum of the Seventy that covers South America, and Northeast and South America South areas.

The Tenth Quorum of the Seventy, which covers the areas of North America Center, North America Northeast and North America Southeast, had eight releases.

The North America Southwest and North America West Areas in the Eleventh Quorum of the Seventy had 13 leaders released.

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U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Wednesday called a bipartisan infrastructure bill a \u201chistoric investment\u201d that will \u201chelp Utah rebuild its roads, mitigate drought conditions, fulfill critical water needs, and prepare for and respond to wildfires.\u201d

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a nearly $1 trillion investment bill. The Senate voted 67-32 on Wednesday to take the first proceeding step toward debating the bill, which is supported by President Joe Biden.

According to Reuters, the bill is supported by 48 Democrats, two independents and 17 Republicans, including Romney.

\u201cWe\u2019ve reached a historic deal on infrastructure, folks,\u201d the president tweeted on Wednesday. \u201cThe Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal is the largest infrastructure bill in a century. It will grow the economy, create good-paying jobs, and set America on a path to win the future.\u201d

In a written statement following the Senate\u2019s historic vote, Romney noted that \u201cseveral months ago, a group of five Republicans and five Democrats came together to see if we could find a way to find common ground on a true infrastructure bill.\u201d

\u201cToday\u2019s vote is the culmination of those many months of work, and it represents the way that Washington should work and the way America expects us to work,\u201d the Utah Republican said, adding that he was \u201cproud to have helped negotiate this bill.\u201d

Romney noted that the bill includes funding \u201cto provide water to nearly half of the Navajo Nation in Utah who don\u2019t have running water and expand broadband into rural Utah.\u201d

Additionally, the bill authorizes $3 billion over five years for Utah\u2019s roads and highways, according to Romney, who noted that Utah has 2,064 miles of roads in \u201cpoor condition.\u201d

The bill also authorizes $500 million for the Western Area Power Administration for \u201cdrought-related shortfalls,\u201d $300 million for the Emergency Watershed Program, $100 million for drought contingency plan funding and $50 million for the Central Utah Project Completion Act.

Other aspects of the infrastructure bill include $65 billion to expand broadband access across the country and $40 billion for bridge construction, maintenance and repair and $1.7 billion for the construction and improvement of Indian Health Services sanitation facilities.

\u201cThis is legislation which represents a historic investment that delivers for Utah \u2014 without raising taxes and adding to the national debt,\u201d said Romney.

Other Republicans who voted to begin debating the infrastructure bill include Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jim Risch of Idaho and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

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It is not every day your name is spoken in the halls of Congress, but Retired Col. Gail Halvorsen, known as the \u201cCandy Bomber\u201d is no regular guy.

At age 101 he is still re-enacting his Operation Little Vittles candy drops that he started during the Berlin Airlift following World War II.

Halvorsen\u2019s name was presented Wednesday in the Senate by Sen. Mike Lee and in the House of Representatives by Rep. John Curtis, with support from the rest of the Utah delegation, as a candidate to have his name placed on the new Veterans Administration clinic in Orem.

Lee (R-UT) and Curtis (R-UT), along with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT), Burgess Owens (R-UT), and Chris Stewart (R-UT), introduced legislation Wednesday to rename the Provo Vet Center now in Orem after Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen, the \u201cCandy Bomber.\u201d The delegation also wrote a letter to Chairman John Tester and Ranking Member Jerry Moran of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in support of the name change.

\u201cCol. Gail Halvorsen exemplifies the best of the Utah spirit of service,\u201d Lee said. \u201cHis creativity and compassion helped to heal the wounds of the Second World War, and softened the relationship between occupied Germany and the United States. Renaming the Provo Vet Center in his honor is a fitting and deserved recognition of this American hero.\u201d

In the letter sent to the Committee of Veterans Affairs, the Utah congressmen wrote:

\u201cWe, the members of the Utah delegation, write to recommend that the Provo Vet Center located at 360 South State Street Building C Suite 103 in Orem, Utah, be renamed after Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen, affectionately known as the \u2018Candy Bomber,\u2019 who performed military service of an extraordinarily distinguished character during the Berlin Airlift in 1948.\u201d

For those who may not have heard of the Candy Bomber or Uncle Wiggly Wings, his story has been documented, published, painted and retold on social media and more.

In introducing Halvorsen, members of the Utah delegation gave their thoughts on his being given this distinguished honor.

\u201cGail Halvorsen represents all that is good about Utahns \u2014 and our men and women in uniform,\u201d said Curtis. \u201cI am proud of our bill to honor his legacy and service to the United States with the soon-to-be renamed, \u201cGail S. Halvorsen \u2018Candy Bomber\u2019 Veterans Center.\u201d

\u201cCol. Gail S. Halvorsen was a force for good and a beacon of hope for many in the aftermath of the Second World War,\u201d said Romney. \u201cWhat began as a gesture of compassion quickly grew into an official U.S. Air Force operation as he and his fellow pilots dropped candy rations from their planes to the children of West Berlin. Gail is an American hero who exemplifies the best of humanity and embodies our state\u2019s kindness and spirit of service, and it is only fitting that we rename the Provo Vet Center in his honor.\u201d

\u201cCol. Gail S. Halvorsen is a Utah veteran and an American hero,\u201d said Owens. \u201cHe embodies our state\u2019s spirit of service, faith, and community, and I\u2019m proud to join this united effort to honor him and his family in a way that will continue his extraordinary legacy.\u201d

\u201cGail Halverson embodies the ideals that Utahns, and all Americans, strive for every day: Bravery, compassion, and service. As a fellow Air Force veteran myself, I can think of none more fitting to represent the Veteran Center in Provo. I am proud to stand among a united Utah delegation in honoring his legacy,\u201d said Stewart.

\u201cColonel Gail Halvorsen epitomizes Utah\u2019s humanitarian spirit,\u201d said Moore. \u201cAs an ambassador of the American Armed Forces, he provided more than candy. He brought hope to a German nation suffering from the wrath and destruction of the Second World War. No one is more deserving of our gratitude than Gail, and I am proud to join my colleagues in honoring his compassion and creativity.\u201d

Col. Halvorsen performed military service of an extraordinary character during the Berlin Airlift in 1948, dropping candy rations from his plane to destitute German children as he undertook his airlift missions. An estimated 250,000 parachutes with 21 tons of candy were dropped by Halvorsen and his fellow airmen to the starving children of Berlin as part of \u201cOperation Little Vittles.\u201d

After 31 years of service and more than 8,000 hours of flying time, Halvorsen retired from the military in 1974. Since then, he has continued engaging in humanitarian and community service, representing the U.S. Air Force abroad and re-enacting his famous candy drops in Berlin, the Middle East, and around the world in an effort to bring peace and relief.

He has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, a German Order of Merit, an Air Force Commendation Medal, and a Medal for Humane Action. He also has founded the Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation, which advances aviation and STEM education, promotes youth leadership development, and encourages humanitarian service.

\u201cGail Halvorsen\u2019s impact has been felt around the world. It is great to have his service to our community and country memorialized through the naming of the new Orem V.A. Clinic,\u201d said deputy city manager Steven Downs.

\u201cWhen this building is finished, including the landscaping, it will be a beautiful tribute to the veterans in our community who have served our country so faithfully.\u201d

The Provo Veterans Center of the Department of Veterans Affairs at Bldg. C #103, 360 State St, Orem will now be known as the \u2018\u2018Col. Gail S. Halvorsen \u2018Candy Bomber\u2019 Veterans Center.\u2019\u2019

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The city said it would happen, Provo residents hoped it would happen and Thursday it did.

Provo has joined Avelo Airlines to announce the new airline will start flying out of Provo on Sept. 17.

That will be the second commercial airline to provide air service at the Provo Municipal Airport.

Starting Sept. 17, Avelo will connect Provo Airport (PVU) and LA’s most convenient and popular airport — Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) — two times per week. One-way fares starting at $49 can be booked at aveloair.com. With the addition of PVU to its network, Avelo will now fly to three destinations in Utah: Provo, Salt Lake City-Ogden and newly announced St. George.

\u201cWe are looking forward to bringing more choice, affordability and the Avelo Soul of Service to Provo,\u201d said Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy. \u201cWith this exclusive nonstop service to Los Angeles, Provo now has direct access to the best of Southern California through the region\u2019s most convenient and relaxing airport. L.A. has never been easier or more affordable to reach.\u201d

Named the 2019 \u201cBest U.S. Airport\u201d by Fodor\u2019s Travel, BUR features include seamless curbside pickup and drop-off, smaller crowds, unrivaled speed for plane-to-carousel bag delivery, faster TSA security lines, and short walking distances between the terminal and ground transportation, parking and rental cars (instead of the time-consuming shuttles and trains necessary at larger airports). All of this makes BUR the ultra-convenient, stress-free gateway to L.A., according to Avelo media relations information.

\u201cLos Angeles has started its comeback, and we are inviting visitors to safely and responsibly start their comeback to L.A.,\u201d said Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board Chief Marketing Officer Don Skeoch. \u201cAvelo\u2019s new service coincides with our national advertising campaign, and we hope visitors from our important feeder markets \u2013 newly serviced by Avelo \u2013 will find it even easier to experience all L.A. has to offer.\u201d

PVU boasts a convenient and relaxing alternative to the long walks, congestion, baggage delays, lines and added expense of Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Avelo also serves Salt Lake City\u2019s Ogden-Hinckley Airport (OGD), which offers those traveling to and from the region with an equally convenient alternative to SLC.

\u201cAvelo\u2019s goal of \u2018refreshingly smooth travel,\u2019 matches the reason so many travelers choose the Provo Airport: convenience, affordability and fewer crowds,\u201d said Mayor Michelle Kaufusi. \u201cWe are becoming the worst-kept secret for better travel options.\u201d

Kaufusi said Avelo\u2019s partnership is yet another sign of Provo City creating opportunities for long-term economic vitality and hints at more announcements to come in the future.

\u201c\u2018Welcome Home\u2019 has long been Provo\u2019s slogan with the Provo City Airport doing a lot more of it with five new destinations announced since our terminal groundbreaking,\u201d Kaufusi added. \u201cWe are pleased to now welcome a new airline, Avelo.\u201d

The route will be served by 189-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft, one of the most fuel-efficient commercial aircraft in the world, providing customers with a large, comfortable cabin with more room, more seats and more seating options.

Avelo aircraft feature 60 seats with up to 9 inches of extra legroom starting at $11. Flights from PVU to BUR will be at 8:15 p.m. arriving at 8:55 p.m. Mondays, and from BUR to PVU Fridays at 4:45 p.m. arriving at 7:35 p.m.

Avelo Airlines was founded with a simple purpose \u2014 to inspire travel with the \u201cSoul of Service\u201d culture.

Operating a fleet of Boeing Next Generation 737 aircraft, Avelo serves 12 destinations across the Western U.S., including its base at Los Angeles\u2019 Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). Later this year, Avelo will begin service to and from its first East Coast base \u2014 New Haven Airport (HVN) \u2014 serving the Southern Connecticut region.

For more information, visit aveloair.com.

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The Utah County Commission voted on Wednesday to approve a cooperative agreement that will secure an approximately $207,000 grant for removal of phragmites as part of the Utah Lake Restoration Project.

The cooperative agreement, which is between Utah County, Utah Department of Natural Resources and Division of Wildlife Resources, states that its purpose is \u201cfor completion of the Utah Lake Shoreline Restoration (Project) \u2026 proposed through the Utah Partners for Conservation Development \u2026 (and) Watershed Restoration Initiative.\u201d

As part of the agreement, the DWR will reimburse Utah County up to $207,059 for completion of the Utah Lake Shoreline Restoration Project.

Utah County will \u201capply spot treatments to Phragmites within (a) project area of 9,358 acres around Utah Lake using several methods including aerial spraying, spot spraying, and mechanical mowing/smashing.\u201d

Phragmites, which have long been an issue near Utah Lake, are an invasive species found in wetlands \u201cthat outcompetes native plants and displaces native animals,\u201d according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which notes that the species has negative biological and recreational impacts and can increase wildfire danger.

The Utah County Commission unanimously approved the agreement, which expires on June 30, 2022, without any discussion during its Wednesday meeting.

A work plan for the Utah Lake Shoreline Restoration Project presented to the commission on Wednesday states that the \u201crestoration of native vegetation improves water quality and reduces the consumption of water; effectively enhancing both quality and quantity.\u201d

\u201cThe removal of Phragmites greatly benefits the watershed and wildlife habitat,\u201d the work plan reads. \u201cPhragmites chokes out valuable wetland and continues to intrude on habitat areas of endangered or threatened wildlife species. This invasive vegetation also greatly limits public access around the lake and creates a wall of vegetation which is a clear safety hazard for boaters in emergency situations.\u201d

The work plan also notes that phragmites proliferation \u201chas the potential to choke out valuable wetlands found around the lake\u201d and that it \u201cis difficult to eradicate without an aggressive vegetation management program.\u201d

The project will include \u201ca three-year aggressive treatment followed by subsequent revegetation work, with a monitoring and a continued management strategy to prevent spread and re-invasion,\u201d according to the work plan.

The first step will be for a contracted helicopter to treat the project area with the herbicide Glyphosate in the late summer. Next, contractors will \u201cremove and treat stumps with Glyphosate\u201d and Utah County crews will \u201csmash or contract the smashing for much of the biomass in the treated area during the winter.\u201d

Finally, a Utah County weed crew \u201cwill spot treat regrowth of phragmites in the project area with Glyphosate in accessible areas in the spring.\u201d

Following the removal effort, the Utah County Public Works Department \u201cwill monitor the effectiveness of spraying efforts on phragmites and conduct follow-up treatments as necessary.\u201d

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U.S. House Democrats on Tuesday blocked a bill sponsored by Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, that would ban federal funding for the purpose of teaching critical race theory and other \u201cdiscriminatory concepts.\u201d

The \u201cSay No to Indoctrination Act,\u201d which Owens introduced on Tuesday, states that no federal funds \u201cmay be appropriated, obligated, or expended to teach or advance concepts that \u2026 separate individuals based on race, color, or national origin\u201d or \u201cassign characteristics or assumptions to individuals based on race, color, or national origin.\u201d

Additionally, the bill would block federal funding for concepts that \u201cstate or imply that the United States is an inherently racist country.\u201d

During a House discussion on a 2022 spending bill, Owens moved to put off a vote on the spending bill and urged his colleagues to first consider his bill on critical race theory.

\u201cOnce an unknown academic theory, the increasingly pervasive CRT says that racism permanently stains the fabric of American society,\u201d the Utah congressman said. \u201cCritical race theorists believe that we are defined solely by our skin color. They believe that American institutions preserve white supremacy. Some even believe that our nation is hopelessly racist.\u201d

Owens, who is Black, discussed his experience growing up \u201cin the deep South during the days of KKK, Jim Crow and segregation,\u201d noting that he has \u201cfelt the pain of racism\u201d and \u201cseen and experienced firsthand when people act unjustly toward others due to the color of their skin.\u201d

\u201cAnd yes, it still happens today when individuals choose hate,\u201d he said.

The discussion came amid a heated national debate, which has crept into Utah school board meetings, over critical race theory, an academic lens that combines \u201cprogressive political struggles for racial justice with critiques of the conventional legal and scholarly normals which are themselves viewed as part of the legitimate hierarchies that need to be changed,\u201d according to Harvard Law School. The theory is not taught in Utah\u2019s public K-12 schools.

Owens criticized progressives who support teaching CRT, arguing that \u201cin the span of a few weeks, Democrats have gone from claiming CRT was only a myth to boldly embracing it.\u201d

\u201cThey\u2019ve gone from dismissing parental objections to endorsing indoctrination in schools across the country,\u201d said Owens.

Two Republicans, Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina and Rep. Dan Bishop of North Carolina, spoke in support of Owens\u2019 legislation, which the former called \u201ca critical bill.\u201d

\u201cThese concepts have begun to trickle into our public schools, even though the vast majority of Americans disavow it and reject it,\u201d Mace said. \u201cNothing could be more un-American than seeking to divide our young children based on factors outside of their control. And you can watch any school board, many school board meetings across the nation right now, where parents Black and white are rejecting critical race theory.\u201d

But Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Massachusetts, shut down the debate, noting that \u201cwe have a pandemic that we\u2019re trying to crush, we have a crumbling infrastructure, and one of my friends want(s) to talk about a Fox News talking point.\u201d

\u201cWe\u2019re not going to debate on whether racism exists in America, because it does. And we\u2019re not going to debate whether we should teach our kids racism is wrong, we should. We\u2019re not going to debate whether individuals, states and schools can decide what their kids learn, they can. And we sure as hell are not going to be lectured about racism by the party that is trying to dismantle the Voting Rights Act that Martin Luther King and John Lewis paid for with their blood,\u201d the Massachusetts Democrat said.

The House voted to order the previous question on the spending bill, which means \u201cto bring the pending proposition or question to an immediate, final vote.\u201d The motion to approve the spending bill passed on a 217-201 vote and the House did not consider Owens\u2019 bill.

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