The Best Renting Apartments Salt Lake City Has To Offer

The Best Renting Apartments Salt Lake City Has to Offer

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Salt Lake FanX? Website signals official name change for Salt Lake Comic Con

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s homegrown pop culture convention dropped a new website Wednesday, signaling an official name change after losing a trial over a trademark dispute with a San Diego organization.

The rebranding comes even as the dueling conventions launched a volley of post-trial motions seeking new verdicts on the points they each lost.

Salt Lake Comic Con launched the website under the name FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention, the name it has been floating on social media accounts since a jury last month found that calling the event a "comic con" violated trademark laws.

The jury’s decision asserted that San Diego Comic-Con International — the widely known annual celebration of comics and popular arts — holds a valid trademark on the term "comic-con," and that the Salt Lake event and its founders were using it without permission.

Because San Diego’s trademarks on "Comic Con International" and its iconic "eye logo" also include the term, jurors found they were being infringed upon as well.

However, the jury also ruled that the trademarks weren’t violated wilfully, and no false designation had occurred, meaning the Salt Lake event had never purported to be affiliated with San Diego’s. Ultimately, only $20,000 of the $12 million San Diego Comic-Con had sought in damages was awarded.

Attorneys for the Salt Lake event filed a motion in Southern California’s U.S. District Court on Wednesday asking for a new trial on whether San Diego Comic-Con’s trademarks have become too generic to be protected.

The motion claims that Judge Anthony Battaglia’s pretrial rulings in San Diego’s favor crippled Salt Lake’s arguments that comic con is generic, including restricting evidence other conventions had been using the term in the 1960s, a decade before San Diego was.

Salt Lake also disputes the judge’s instruction to jurors that third-party use of a trademarked term is not justification to find it has become generic, and that San Diego is not required to police other trademark violations in order to maintain its right to the term.

San Diego has filed its own motions calling for either a verdict from the judge or a new trial. The accompanying details about the motion are sealed, but the jurors’ verdict skewed in Salt Lake’s favor on whether the Salt Lake event falsely aligned itself with San Diego by calling itself a comic con, and on the amount of damages awarded in the case.

In addition to calling for Salt Lake to pay more than $4.5 million in attorney’s fees, something only allowed in "exceptional" cases, San Diego is also seeking to bar Salt Lake permanently from ever using the term comic con again.

The legal battle began in the summer of 2014 when San Diego Comic-Con filed a cease-and-desist order against the Utah event, which was in its first year.

Salt Lake’s attorneys argued during that trial that the term "comic con" has become so widely used, it is now too generic to protect by trademark. While Salt Lake insisted about 140 similar conventions nationwide currently call themselves comic cons, San Diego argued the other events are "all infringers" and could not be considered in the case.

San Diego’s attorneys accused the Salt Lake organizers at trial of deliberately and maliciously capitalizing on the brand that the nonprofit organization spent more than 45 years building.

Bryan Brandenburg, one of the founders of the Salt Lake convention, said Wednesday that the organizers hadn’t considered changing the event’s name before the jury came back with its verdict. In light of the decision, organizers hope to re-brand the event as more of a general entertainment convention under the FanX name.

"In some ways, comic con was a limitation because sometimes people gave us a hard time for not bringing in more comic artists," Brandenburg said. "It really is an opportunity to not have to apologize for bringing in guests like Dick Van Dyke and John Cena and Buzz Aldrin."

Brandenburg maintains, however, that the event’s comic-centric roots will remain.

Meanwhile, Salt Lake’s FanX event is already set for Sept. 6-8. The event’s social media pages lit up Wednesday with its latest guest announcement, Karl Urban, who is known for his roles in the "Lord of the Rings" franchise, the new generation of "Star Strek" movies, and the latest Marvel hit, "Thor: Ragnarok."

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Lawmakers may impose fees on Utah cities that lack affordable housing

(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Utah lawmakers are exploring legislation aimed at reducing homelessness by pushing cities and counties to build more affordable housing and by charging a fee on those who don’t.

Utah has an affordable housing problem, and policymakers are looking for a solution that would help with two issues, possibly with one bill.

“Some cities just don’t like zoning for multifamily,” Eliason, a Sandy Republican, said. “We’re trying to find something that raises revenue to help with these resource centers and also provides incentives for cities to zone for more affordable housing.”

Many view the dearth of housing units that are affordable to people making less than the area median income as an important factor in the state’s homelessness crisis.

“Homelessness and housing are inextricably linked,” said Glenn Bailey, executive director of the Crossroads Urban Center. “There’s nowhere for people to go when they’re ready to move on from homelessness.”

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) The five-story Bodhi Apartments will offer affordable housing on the north side of the 700 West block of South Temple, January 3, 2018.

If people don’t make enough money to afford a home and other necessities, they become at risk of homelessness, increasing the burden on a network of nonprofit and public groups hoping to get people off the streets. But by all accounts, there is far more need than the safety net can handle.

So Eliason and others are hoping the state can nudge cities to either embrace more low-income housing or help pay for cities hosting a shelter.

Relatively few cities across Utah have housing that’s affordable to someone making below or far below the median income — which is about $53,000 for a single person in the Salt Lake City metro area. “Affordable” is generally defined as housing that costs no more than 30 percent of a person’s income.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) JF Capital’s Moda Granary Place, which will offer affordable housing, is well underway on the northeast corner of 300 West and 700 South, January 3, 2018.

Salt Lake County needs thousands more units of affordable housing for a single person making about $16,000, according to a spreadsheet compiled by the Utah Association of Counties from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development data. The information is helping guide work on the bill.

The entire state needs more than 38,000 additional units available to those earning 30 percent or less of the area’s median income, with much of the need concentrated along the populous Wasatch Front.

“We recognize that affordable housing is really the most important tool in the toolbox of helping people step out of homelessness and into the community,” Eliason said.

Statewide leaders have been framing homelessness as a statewide problem, not one isolated to Salt Lake County, and they have taken a stronger approach to reforming homeless services.

The 1,100-bed shelter in downtown Salt Lake City is supposed to close by July 2019, when three newly built, smaller shelters in the capital and South Salt Lake open. The new model will include more hands-on services for people who are homeless and need the shelter, and it’s expected to cost more than the current model, at least in the short run.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) The six-story Public Open Apartments on the 300 North block of 500 West, January 3, 2018, will offer affordable housing.

The new shelter siting also led to a backlash from South Salt Lake residents and city officials who feared opening a new shelter there would lead to unintended consequences — including increased crime — that would soak up the small city’s resources. That shelter will host single men.

In an apparent move to quell those concerns, when Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announced he’d chosen a South Salt Lake site for the new shelter, he added a caveat. McAdams said the Legislature must create a way to help cities hosting shelters offset potential costs.

“I recommend that groundbreaking and construction of a new homeless resource center at this location not proceed unless and until” lawmakers create a funding mechanism when they meet in early 2018, he wrote in his statement announcing the decision.

Eliason’s bill is being described as “must-pass” legislation, meaning it’s viewed as a priority by legislative leaders who have a strong hand in shaping the agenda during the session that starts Jan. 22. A spokeswoman for House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, confirmed Hughes was “supportive” of the effort.

Under consideration, though far from final, is to impose a fee on local governments based on their lack of affordable units.

On average, 8.6 percent of all units in cities across Utah are considered affordable, according to the Association of Counties spreadsheet. Just over 2 percent of all units in South Jordan are considered affordable for someone there making 30 percent or less of the area median income, according to the data.

Some of the money from the fees would be paid out to the nonprofits that will be chosen to operate the new shelters through state funding that would match private donations.

Eliason said while he’s committed to finding a way to fund ongoing operations and maintenance of the facilities, he doesn’t want the state’s money to discourage private donors.

“The state recognizes we need to play a role,” Eliason said, “but we don’t want to take over the process or scare away private donors that have been so critical to homeless operations in the past.”

With some of the money raised, Eliason said he wants to also use it for what’s known as rapid rehousing, or temporary help with someone’s rent and other housing expenses with the idea that it’s more expensive to help them get back into housing once they’re homeless than to help keep them in a current home.

“We’ve got to do something to fund operation and maintenance,” said Lincoln Shurtz, a lobbyist for the Utah Association of Counties. “I think we’ve come to the conclusion that the fee will be collected from both cities and counties. The question is the way in which we collect the fee.”

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Mormon President Thomas Monson dies aged 90 in Utah: church

Jan 3 (Reuters) – Mormon President Thomas Monson, who headed one of the world’s fastest growing and most affluent religions, has died at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, the church said on Wednesday.

Monson, who was 90, became the church’s 16th president in 2008. His predecessor Gordon Hinckley died aged 97 in late 2007.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – as the religion is officially known – has a global membership of 15.8 million, more than half of whom live outside the United States, its country of origin.

Monson died on Tuesday evening surrounded by his family, the church said in a statement on its website.

(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Alison Williams and John Stonestreet)

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Utah teacher fired for showing students classical paintings containing nudity

Teacher fired after using art materials that showed nudity

A Utah teacher was fired earlier this month following complaints made against him after he showed images of classical paintings containing nudity in a classroom seen by fifth and sixth-graders.

Mateo Rueda, a former art teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Hyrum, Utah, said he planned to appeal his termination to clear his reputation, FOX13 reported.

The teacher said he was not aware that a set of educational postcards from the school’s library contained a few works depicting nudity when he handed them out during a lesson.

The two images seen by students were the Impressionist-era portrait "Iris Tree" by Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani and the Rococo-style partial nude "Odalisque" by 18th-century artist Francois Boucher, the teacher said.

Rueda told FOX13 he was “surprised about those images being there.” He said he went through the educational postcards and took out the ones he felt were inappropriate for the students.

Bella Jensen, a fifth grader who was a student of Rueda’s, said he told her their lesson on Dec. 4 may make the class feel uncomfortable.

“Mr. Mateo explained to us that there might be some pictures that we’ll find uncomfortable,” Jensen told FOX13. She said her friends laughed at some of the paintings but enjoyed the project.

“There were some pictures that were a little weird, and most kids were laughing,” she said.

However, some students felt the images were inappropriate.

“Children were expressing their discomfort and then explaining that they felt it was inappropriate,” Rueda said.

The teacher attempted to explain the images were art and “encouraged” the students to speak with their parents about the paintings they saw. The educator later found out one of the parents called the police claiming Rueda showed pornography to the students.

On Dec. 8, Rueda was issued a termination letter from the school.

“I was super upset when I heard that he got fired,” Bella told FOX13. Her mother, Kamee Jensen was also upset.

“The images that he showed the children were provided by the school district,” Jensen said.

She also wrote a letter to the Herald Journal defending him and said her daughter wasn’t offended by the pictures.

"She was just very upset that her teacher was in trouble," Jensen said.

A mother who wished to remain anonymous told FOX13 she was “not happy with how Rueda handled his explanation with the kids.”

Rueda said he was “bewildered” by the situation.

“Who knows if I can be hired back,” he said.

The Cache County Sheriff’s Office said they investigated the complaint but did not press charges because the images were not considered pornography.

The Cache County School District declined to comment, saying it’s a personnel matter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Donovan Mitchell Is the Lifeblood of the Utah Jazz Offense

No NBA rookies are relied upon like Donovan Mitchell in Utah. Due to that reliance, Mitchell, in some ways, plays with a sophistication beyond most first-year players.

In the absence of a single rookie guard, the Utah Jazz cratered. This is a good team but a curious one, somehow still vying for playoff real estate in the West despite two separate injuries to Rudy Gobert. At times, Utah will jam up the works of some of the league’s best offenses with attention to detail alone, as if wielding their discipline as a weapon. On others—as on Wednesday night against the Thunder—their clear limitations fester when exposed to open air. Try as they might, the Jazz spun their wheels to a nine-point first quarter en route to a 79-point outing. The reality is this: Utah doesn’t stand a chance against functional opponents without Donovan Mitchell.

It is difficult to overstate how odd a development this is. Mitchell was selected late in the lottery by a playoff team, plucked at No. 13 on the premise that the pro game might suit him better than the college game did. We can already say with the utmost certainty that it does—so much, in fact, that Mitchell could cast off the yoke of the NBA’s "pay your dues" pecking order to immediately become Utah’s leading scorer.

Mitchell arrives at that standing by talent and necessity. Any question as to whether his game could handle the creative load of a first option has been asked and answered. The extent of Utah’s reliance, however, is unlike that of almost any other rookie-team relationship in recent memory. Since 2000, NBA teams have played out 540 individual seasons—18 distinct campaigns for 30 teams. Only in seven of them did another rookie average as many shots as Mitchell is taking right now.

In almost all cases, those high-usage rookies shared responsibility for the offense with a teammate attempting a comparable number of shots. Damian Lillard had LaMarcus Aldridge. Blake Griffin had Eric Gordon. The closest thing Mitchell has is Rodney Hood, a sixth man who has missed nearly a third of the season to date. No one involved has any delusion of this being a healthy team dynamic. Mitchell spends a lot of his time doing things he isn’t yet equipped to do all that well, in large part because the Jazz don’t really have any better options.

It’s for that reason that Mitchell seems tethered, narratively speaking, to Gordon Hayward. So much of Mitchell’s role serves to fill the void that Hayward left behind—the need for a versatile, do-it-all creator to connect veteran teammates without dominating the ball. Mitchell has a knack for it. His average time of possession, per, is comparable to that of backups like D.J. Augustin, Cory Joseph, and Dejounte Murray, even while playing a full 30.1 minutes per game. There isn’t much pounding to his game in his current context; many Jazz possessions whirl through the hands of the other four players before Mitchell finally slices into action.

Once he does, Mitchell is a force. His drives are among Utah’s best options to actually budge a defense. With even a subtle hesitation, Mitchell can open up lanes that force a rotation, triggering the kind of systematic passing that scores some member of the Jazz an open look. Utah is short on the kinds of shooters who could properly exploit that momentum, though they’re even shorter on the kind of dynamic talent that could create it in the first place.

Mitchell, in some ways, plays with a sophistication beyond most rookies. There are subtle responses and counters in his game that other guards take years to learn—the difference between getting a pull-up jumper or a layup after being chased off the three-point line. But no first-year player can fully escape his inexperience. Mitchell has a sharp sense of timing, but not necessarily of space; so much of his game is predicated on straight-line drives that he often lets bigger, slower defenders off the hook. To understand where Mitchell is as a player is to know that he can let Celtics center Aron Baynes stonewall him on a drive:

And, in the very same game, streak past Baynes and another doubling defender with apparent ease for an and-one:

One can see shades of a younger Lillard in Mitchell’s game, and even something of a young Carmelo Anthony in his circumstances. Melo came into the league as a go-to scorer for an eventual eighth seed, offering the Nuggets an anchoring influence. Mitchell, in his own way, does the same. Relying on Mitchell allows more occasional shooters like Joe Ingles, Ricky Rubio, Thabo Sefolosha, and Ekpe Udoh to bring other significant skills to the table. It offers a taste of volume scoring for a team that needs it. Mitchell—a 42% catch-and-shoot three-point shooter, per—could easily play a cleaner, more efficient game if he were working alongside a star rather than trying to impersonate one. Instead, he drives headlong into pick-and-rolls he’s only now learning how to navigate.

Behind every wild shot Mitchell attempts is a wisp of tantalizing potential. We’ve seen Mitchell take enough jumpers to see the smooth, sound mechanics of his shot when he sets his feet and how they might eventually translate to his off-the-dribble game. Given the dual threat of Mitchell’s shot and drives, the gradual refinement of his floater—currently in its embryonic stages—could transform his game. There will be plenty of time to rein in Mitchell when the roster justifies it. For now, the most important thing he can do for the Jazz is to press.

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Salt Lake City approves housing plan; Biskupski takes first step to implement it

A policy to guide housing development for next five years get its start

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and other city officials raise a sparkling cider toast Tuesday night, Dec. 12, 2017, after the City Council approved a comprehensive city housing plan that will guide policy for the next five years.

Housing in Salt Lake City could become cheaper and more plentiful over the next five years if the city can meet the goals of a new comprehensive housing plan adopted unanimously Tuesday by the City Council.

Moments after the vote, Mayor Jackie Biskupski took the first official action to advance the city’s new affordable housing program, instructing city officials to write rules to require that sellable surplus city land be evaluated for housing development. It was the first of eight or more executive memos on housing that the mayor is expected to issue.

“It has been almost two decades since the city had a housing plan,” the mayor said as she and other administration officials toasted the council’s vote with sparkling cider. “We have many goals. We are ready to roll.”

The plan’s adoption comes a week after the council authorized $17.6 million to subsidize affordable-housing construction, which could support development of more than 700 homes for people and families who earn below the area’s median income. Despite that infusion, the timeline for seeing the plan’s housing has changed, the mayor said.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski signs an executive memo on housing policy Tuesdat night, Dec. 12, 2017, moments after the City Council approved a new comprehensive housing policy for the city to guide development over the next five years.

“I think we have missed some opportunities around that,” she said. “What I will say, though, is, by June of 2019, we’ll have 500-700 units that will be completed.”

The “Growing SLC” housing plan is a nearly 200-page document developed by the city office of Housing and Neighborhood Development. Issued in February and tweaked throughout the year, it is intended to guide city housing policy for the next five-10 years, emphasizing affordability, opportunity and equality for residents at all income levels. It starts from the premise that the city is facing an incipient housing crisis.

Among its broad goals are updating a zoning code that got its last rewrite in the 1990s, at a time when the city’s population was declining. With Salt Lake City now booming — it’s had about 4 percent population growth since the 2010 census — zoning changes would permit increased density and different types of housing, from accessory dwellings to cottages, row houses and small apartment buildings.

The plan emphasizes preserving long-term affordable housing, stabilizing low-income tenants, partnering to create new housing and identifying new sources of funding — all under the umbrella of fair and equitable housing. It also considers mandating that affordable housing be part of any new residential development, a practice known as inclusionary zoning.

“We don’t think there’s one solution,” said Melissa Jansen, the city’s director of housing and neighborhood development. “It is going to take multiple things to attack this, and we set up a very short time frame.”

“It is a framework that mostly is about policy and some of the direction we would like to see happen, but there will be a lot of work-around implementation,” said Council Chairman Stan Penfold, who is leaving office at the end of the year. “There’s still a lot of work to do.”

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Beating Salt Lake City’s rent crisis

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) Salt Lake City is in the middle of a rent crisis. The economy is booming, job growth is huge and more people want to move into the city to be near where they work.


The downside of all this: there’s a shortage of rental units available and developers are getting top dollar at their projects. That’s why you see all the new apartment complexes rising around downtown, especially near TRAX lines.

"The market is robust," says Dan Lofgren, one of the managing members of Cowboy Partners which has developed several of the new projects around town and has more in the construction stage like Liberty Boulevard on 700 East near Trolley Square.

"There’s extraordinary demand," says Lofgren. "That puts upward pressure on rent." reports Salt Lake rental rates have increased 6.2% in the past year and The CBRE Group estimates the average monthly rental at $1,100.

ABC4 found rents as low as $600 a month and as high as $6,500 a month for a 1,300 square foot apartment. No matter what the rent, they all seem to be taken.

Salt Lake City’s Housing Director estimates the vacancy rate at about 2%, which means an apartment is hard to find at any price.

The problem, says Melissa Jensen, "because there’s not enough housing and everybody wants to live here. Those who make the least amount of money can never afford to live here. And they’re paying a majority of their income for their housing."

That means people working in the service industry who keep the city running and vibrant are forced to find cheaper housing elsewhere. Many of them struggling to survive on near minimum wages.


There is an answer to the problem, but it is slow in coming. Affordable housing.

Example: Scott Schear makes $23,000 a year as a custodian at the Marriott Library. He is living in a brand new one bedroom apartment at 600 Lofts, the corner of State St. and 500 South in the heart of downtown. Market rate for his unit would be $1,200 a month, but he pays only $795.

"I’m thrilled," says Scott. "I spent 4 months looking to find a place that was affordable and wasn’t a dump. I found a nice place and I plan on being here for a while."

Another example: David Sarle makes $20,000 a year as a medical rehab masseuse. He lives in a brand new apartment in the Liberty Village complex in the heart of Sugar House. (A Cowboy Partner project.) Going rate again would be about $1,200 a month. Under affordable housing he pays only $633.

"I really love it." David says "it’s the nicest place I’ve ever lived."


There’s a relatively complicated formula to figure out if you qualify for programs like David and Scott. On average a family of four would qualify if they make $45,000 a year or less. A single person qualifies if the yearly income is $31,000 or less.

Housing Director Jensen says that covers a huge group of people who have jobs in Salt Lake. "Extremely hard working people. Sometimes they’re working two or three jobs. That might be working in a day care. It could be a technician. The people who take care of blood when you go to a doctor’s office."

The problem is there’s a massive shortage of affordable housing. Developers like Lofgren can decide to set aside 20% of their project for affordable housing. The Liberty Village complex has 171 units. 35 are for affordable housing.

Cowboy Partners is also designating 20% of their 266 units they are building at Liberty Boulevard on 700 East as affordable.

Managing member Dan Lofgren says it makes good business sense to do this, but he also claims there’s a personal reward. "There are enough examples of how lives have been changed to fuel a career’s worth of committment to doing affordable housing." He also says, with a twinkle or maybe a tear in his eyes, "you only have to talk to a couple of those residents and you go ‘ooh’ I want to do that. That’s very cool."


When some people hear the words affordable housing, they conjure up images of homeless people on Rio Grande moving into a slum like dwelling. Melissa Jensen says that is far from the truth. The people who live in affordable housing are "folks that you come in contact with every day. They are great members of the community."

She also says the rewards are huge for people who don’t have to worry about paying their rent every month to live in a nice place. "They’re going to spend more time with their kids at school. They’re going to spend more time in their community and you know what else they’re going to do? They’re going to spend more money in their local economy."

Lofgren of Cowboy Partners is especially proud of the fact that his project allows every day workers to stay in the highly sought after Sugar House area. "The school teachers, firefighters, police officers can afford to live here, where they work. We think that’s a really good thing.

For Scott Schear at the 600 Lofts. "It’s been a long road getting to where I finally settled in a place where I can imagine myself staying for a chunk of time."

For David Sarle at Liberty Village. "I’m somebody. I’m something. I can achieve something. I’m not working my whole life, killing myself, for nothing."


Persistence and patience may be the two most important words to get into affordable housing. There are long waiting lists because there are more people than units.

You may need to contact the phone number of each complex where you might want to live. Ask them if they have affordable units and then put your name on a waiting list.

Another good contact is the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City. You can call them at (801) 487-2161. Or check out their website at

Or the Housing Authority of Salt Lake County. (801) 284-4400. Or on the internet at

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Woman out for morning run in Utah, fights off groper with knife

A woman who was jogging Friday in Utah turned the tables on a man who attempted to grope her after she pulled out a small knife and repeatedly stabbed the attacker, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The unidentified woman, who was in her 40s, had been carrying a knife in her hand when the man attempted to grab her.

She repeatedly stabbed the man before he turned and fled to a nearby bus stop. The woman chased him for a while before stopping to report the incident to the police.

The incident took place early Friday morning in Salt Lake City, the report said.

The attacker was reportedly white, 5’9”, approximately 150 pounds, physically fit and somewhere between 15-30 years of age with puncture wounds on his arms, legs or chest.

The police are still searching for the attacker.

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John Curtis pulls out to huge lead in 3rd District congressional race

FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, Provo Mayor John Curtis speaks during town hall meeting, in Lehi, Utah. Utah voters are set to choose a replacement for U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz during a special election Tuesday made necessary after the Republican’s surprise resignation earlier this year. Curtis, the Republican mayor of the Mormon stronghold of Provo, is expected to sail to victory in a congressional district where Republicans outnumber Democrats 5-to-1. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

With the first batch of votes counted after the polls closed Tuesday night, Provo Mayor John Curtis, the Republican contender, has taken a commanding lead in the race to fill Utah’s vacant congressional seat.

He holds a roughly 34 percentage point lead over his nearest competitor, Democrat Kathie Allen, in the earliest count with Curtis collecting nearly 60 percent. The new United Utah Party’s Jim Bennett came in third at 9 percent.

Even in Salt Lake County, where Democrats are expected to do their best, Curtis slightly edged out Allen. And he’s so far picked up more than five times the votes in Utah County, which includes about 60 percent of the registered Republicans in the 3rd Congressional District.

DISTRICT 3 SPECIAL ELECTION RESULTSJoe Buchman, Libertarian • 2.20% popular vote • 2064 votesJason Christensen, Independent American • 1.49% popular vote • 1394 votesJim Bennett, United Utah • 9.05% popular vote • 8,482 votesJohn Curtis, Republican • 59.06% popular vote • 55,330 votesSean Whalen, unaffiliated • 2.59% popular vote • 2,424 votesKathie Allen, Democratic • 25.60% popular vote • 23,986 votes

The winner will serve the final year of former Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s term after the congressman surprisingly stepped down on June 30 and has since joined Fox News as a contributor. His early departure turned what would have been a municipal election only into a complicated congressional special election — the first in Utah in 90 years.

The race has been largely consumed by discussion of President Donald Trump, who has overwhelmed all political topics for the past year including dominating every debate for the open 3rd District seat.

Although he wrote in a “good friend’s name” instead of voting for Trump last year, Curtis wants the president to be successful and intends to work with the administration when he agrees with it. The mayor has maintained that he supports the Trump agenda on economics, taxes and defense while he ignores the president’s “distractions.”

Now well-positioned to be the Utah’s newest congressman, Curtis ran a shooting range business in Provo before serving two terms as mayor of the state’s third largest city and one of the most conservative in the nation.

After winning a gritty three-way Republican primary in August where he was criticized for not being conservative enough (and for once being a Democrat some 20 years ago), Curtis faced pushback during the general election for using the president’s slogans, such as “drain the swamp,” in campaign advertising and removing a post on Facebook exhorting Congress to “build the wall” between the United States and Mexico.

Mary Swenson, of Cottonwood Heights, did not vote for Trump last year but cast her ballot for Curtis on Tuesday calling him the “more middle of the road” choice.

Both Allen and Bennett have built their campaigns on standing against Trump, distancing themselves from most of his policies and rhetoric. “The best way to defeat the Trump agenda,” read, in part, a mailer sent out by Allen, “is to vote for a commonsense Democrat.”

Allen, a longtime physician and first-time candidate, has run an astonishingly well-funded campaign, raking in more than $800,000 in the strongly GOP-tilted district. She jumped into the race after Chaffetz’s rowdy town hall in February.

Sue Villani, a Cottonwood Heights resident the same as Allen, voted for the doctor while suggesting “this is a god-awful place for progressives.” Ahren Exeter also cast her ballot for Allen, saying Trump played a big part in the decision.

Bennett, son of the late three-term Sen. Bob Bennett, was a Republican but left when Trump was nominated in the 2016 presidential race. He’s billed himself as an “honest broker” between the two major parties.

The 3rd Congressional District, where registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats nearly six to one, stretches from central Salt Lake County to the southernmost border of San Juan County. Utah County makes up the biggest share of its population. Just two of the seven counties it encompasses, Emery and Carbon, have opted for traditional polling instead of mail-in ballots.

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Salt Lake City robotics company says goodbye to military jobs to focus on helping workers and ‘saving lives’

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sarcos Robotics senior mechanical engineer Chris Hirschi demonstrates the dexterity of the Sarcos’ Guardian GT, that can cut, grind, clean and join as well as turn valves, push buttons and reposition objects. The Sarcos Guardian GT can be powered by batteries, diesel, or natural gas to lift and manipulate payloads up to 1,000 pounds. It can be tele-operated from miles away.

A mechanical engineer at Salt Lake City-based Sarcos Robotics, he slid his arms into its girded sleeves until his index fingers reached triggers that manipulated “thumbs” on hands at the end of two 7-foot-long arms of an industrial-strength robot, the Guardian GT. It was mounted on tanklike tracks about 10 yards in front of him.

Hirschi donned some opaque goggles that let him see the view from a camera mounted on the robot’s front frame, much like eyes in a head. He slowly, steadily moved his arms in the sleeves. The Guardian GT’s lengthy arms mirrored his movements.

With one hand, Hirschi grabbed hold of a band saw. With the other, he pushed a button powering up the saw to cut a piece of pipe off of what looked like a bank vault. Hirschi then methodically wiggled his arms in ways that allowed the robot’s elongated arms to open a standard circuit-breaker box, the kind found at most houses with the little tab that has to be depressed slightly to release the front door.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sarcos Robotics senior mechanical engineer Chris Hirschi demonstrates the dexterity of the Sarcos’ Guardian GT, that can like cut, grind, clean and join as well as turn valves, push buttons, reposition objects. The Sarcos Guardian GT can be powered by batteries, diesel, or natural gas to lift and manipulate payloads up to 1,000 pounds. It can be tele-operated from miles away.

“Instead of showing you how strong it is — it can lift 1,000 pounds — we wanted you to see its dextrous movements,” said Ben Wolff, chairman and CEO of Sarcos Robotics.

He was speaking last week to a selected group of market analysts and writers from trade publications that focus on robotics and other high-tech topics, describing several new products that the company is marketing to commercial and industrial customers now that it has reduced contractual ties with the U.S. military.

“We have made a commitment, as a team, not to weaponize the robots we make,” Wolff told the writers from PC Magazine, ZDNet, Popular Mechanics, Oil & Gas Engineering, The Robot Report, research firms ABI and IDC, and The Salt Lake Tribune. “Saving lives is what we want to do.”

The company’s pitch also reflected the softer side of its products’ attributes, emphasizing their maneuverability and nimbleness over their physical power.

“Chris was able to push down the tab to get the door to open, and press small buttons, so it isn’t just capable of brute force,” Wolff observed as Hirschi tapped buttons, turned a steering-wheel-shaped valve opener and adjusted levers.

“Those are things you need in case of, say, a nuclear power plant accident. You want freedom of movement, flexibility, responsiveness to the operator’s commands,” Wolff said. “There’s been lots of interest from the construction and manufacturing industries. We’re close to selling one to the nuclear-power industry.”

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) "Our mission is saving lives and increasing production," said Sarcos Robotics Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Director, Ben Wolff, front right, introducing the company’s latest technologies in the robotics industry to reporters in the business and robotics industry Sarcos Robotics develops and manufactures robotics, micro-systems and sensor technologies for use in public safety, security, disaster recovery, infrastructure inspection, aerospace, maritime, oil and gas, and mining.

There also was a snakelike robot that can climb steps, roll over on command like a dog, right itself if it tips on its side, slide up metal walls and hang upside down from ceilings, Hirschi said.

This $60,000 unit can be useful for public safety officials trying to get an up-close look at what’s happening in a hostage situation, for instance. “A SWAT team can get a look into a [gunman’s] room without putting themselves in harm’s way,” noted Eric Gahagan, a 23-year Boston Police Department veteran who responded to the 2013 marathon bombing and now is a Sarcos consultant.

With its climbing capabilities, the Guardian S snake also can be used by safety inspectors checking for corrosion high on metal bridges or giant oil storage tanks.

The lightweight units are designed to allow the workers who wear them to lift much greater loads than they could normally, without putting any stress on their backs or shoulders. Powered by batteries capable of holding a charge for four hours to eight hours, Wolff said, the exoskeletal framework will be light enough to allow fluid natural movements so workers can perform tasks in spaces that might be too confined for forklifts.

“The problem we’re focusing on is back injuries in the workplace,” he said, citing statistics showing that the total cost of back injuries in the United States is $100 billion a year, with 25.9 million Americans losing an average of 7.2 days of work due to back pain. Those worker compensation claims usually range from $40,000 to $80,000.

Sarcos’s Guardian XO MAX, the larger of the two exoskeleton suits at about 135 pounds, will lift 200 pounds easily and repeatedly. A smaller, 50-pound version — the Guardian XO — will lift 80 pounds and can be put on or taken off in less than a minute, Wolff said.

(Photo courtesy of Sarcos Robotics) Sarcos Robotics Guardian XO robots, available in 2019, are the only full-body, untethered,fully powered exoskeletons that metabolically enhance the productivity of the wearer, increasing both stamina and strength in applications where heavy objects get lifted, manipulated and transported. Sarcos Robotics develops and manufactures robotics, micro-systems and sensor technologies for use in public safety, security, disaster recovery, infrastructure inspection, aerospace, maritime, oil and gas, and mining.

“One person wearing a full-bodied exoskeleton can do the work of three to five people crowding around a heavy object and trying to manipulate it,” he said.

“Most skilled workers have to come out of the workforce because their bodies start to break down. They can’t lift as much. Their endurance is down,” Wolff added. “But if you put these aging workers in an exoskeleton, it will extend their useful, productive lives. It will also equalize employment opportunities for people of smaller stature who can’t lift as much.”

Scientists at Sarcos Robotics have been developing exoskeletons for 17 years now, company President Fraser Smith said, and are still analyzing joint movements and making tweaks here and there.

“Exoskeletons are not something you can attack quickly or lightly,” Wolff noted. “They’ve been a long time coming and a lot of lessons have been learned.”

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sarcos Robotics senior mechanical engineer Chris Hirschi demonstrates the all-terrain Sarcos Guardian S during a media open house at Sarcos Robotics, October 25, 2017. The Guardian S weighs 13lbs., can traverse stairs, culverts, pipes, tanks, vertical surfaces and confined spaces while facilitating two-way real-time video, voice and data communication. It is a surveillance and inspection robot that is applicable in industries ranging from defense, public safety, security, disaster recovery, aerospace, maritime and mining.

Founded in the 1980s as a spinoff from research at the University of Utah, Sarcos Robotics worked closely for decades with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to do research and provide robotic products for the military. This was particularly true from 2007 to 2014, when it was part of Raytheon, a large defense contractor based in Massachusetts.

But, in 2014, the Sarcos Robotics operation at the U.’s Research Park was bought by Smith; Marc Olivier, vice president of technology; and Wolff, a technology and telecom entrepreneur. The company’s focus shifted.

“What we’re about today is taking DARPA technology and making it relevant for commercialization,” Wolff said, pointing to numerous products that already are visible in the public realm — from robotic dinosaurs and pirates at theme parks and the fountain at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas to prosthetic limbs and the miniature sensors that line the interior of the exoskeleton and make it responsive to the wearer’s movements.

Developing robots that can act independently through artificial intelligence is not part of the Sarcos vision, Wolff said. Human controllers are always integral to its products.

“When we’re talking about dangerous and difficult tasks and environments, for many years to come it will be incredibly important to rely on human judgment to direct the robot and not to rely on robots to do things that require human problem solving — Do I apply a saw here or there? Do I deal with an explosive environment in a certain way?” he said. “We want humans to make those decisions.”

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