Salt Lake City mayor proposes 5 sites for affordable housing apartments

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Mayor Jackie Biskupski has proposed five locations for affordable housing apartments in Salt Lake City.

The draft plan was submitted to Salt Lake City’s Redevelopment Agency consisted of the city council. The mayor said the plan would make it possible for those living below the poverty line to move into a unit.

The 5 locations include:

The Overniter Motel Redevelopment, 1500 W. North Temple. Capitol Motel Redevelopment, 1749 S. State. A Permanent Supportive Housing, 525 S. 500 West. The Sugarmont Redevelopment, 2234 Highland Drive. The Exchange, 300 East 400 South.

The mayor met with affordable housing advocates Monday morning outside her office. The group is urging the mayor to get the plan rolling and the mayor said they are all on the same page. She told advocates the city council needs to vote on the plan.

"Hopefully (we can) break ground in the spring and and start building some of this housing that we need to make sure that when we close the road home that everybody has a place to live," said Mayor Biskupski.

Some of the businesses are already planning to move out. The manager of the Penske storage facility at 500 West said the city already purchased the building and plans to tear it down. The owner of the Capitol Motel on State Street said someone already bought the property and they plan to close down the place. And the store manager of the Bicycle Center along Highland drive said the city already owns the building and they will soon be moving to their new location.

A spokesman for the mayor said the 1,000 housing units could rent out for $600 or less.
The mayor said if the housing units aren’t built when the Road Home closes in 2019 then the city and housing advocates need to urge the legislature to extend the closure date.

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Three Of The Top Restaurants In Salt Lake City UT

Salt Lake City is the destination in Utah if you have never been. There are plenty of other great cities, but Salt Lake City is #1 and the capital city after all. There are many great things to do there, and there are also many great places to eat. It’s about time we looked at three of the best restaurants in the city of Salt Lake City UT.

Cafe Zupas is located on East 300 South, and the sandwiches they serve look do delicious in the pictures. Cafe Zupas is known for much more than sandwiches though. Reviews mention soups, lobster bisque, chocolate covered strawberries and much more. One other part of the review highlights that stands out is the fact that this cafe has plenty of healthy food options.

Vertical Diner is up next, and this establishment is located on West 900 South. The streets for these two restaurants make you think about places in the rural county areas and not city areas. That is interesting because it is very rural and laid back in many areas of Utah, but of course Salt Lake City is the capital city as mentioned. Vertical Diner is said to be great for Vegans, and the picture of the Vegan burger and fries looks really delicious.

Lamb’s Grill is the third Salt Lake City UT restaurant that I want to mention. Lamb’s Grill is on South Main Street, and you can order up lamb shanks, salmon, ham and eggs and a lot more. One reviewer claims that this establishment is the oldest restaurant in Utah. That is very interesting, and it makes you think you at least have to try it out, right? I would say that out of these three Salt Lake City UT restaurants, Lamb’s Grill would get my vote for the first visit.

Utah cop fired after arresting nurse who wouldn’t draw blood

Police body camera video shows a nurse in Salt Lake City being taken out of a hospital and handcuffed for refusing to draw blood from an unconcious patient. Police officials have apologized and say the incident is under investigation. (Sept. 1)

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A Utah police detective who was filmed forcefully handcuffing a nurse who refused to draw a patient’s blood has been fired, a Salt Lake City Police spokesman said Tuesday.

Detective Jeff Payne arrested Alex Wubbels after she refused to allow police to take blood from an unconscious patient who had been injured in a car accident. Body-cam footage of the July 26 incident went viral after it became public in September, sparking outrage across social media.

In the video, Wubbels explains to the officers that they needed a warrant because the patient couldn’t consent. Payne appears to grow tired of listening to Wubbels objections, saying, "We’re done here. We’re done," before shoving her out the door and handcuffing her.

Wubbels was held in a police car, but later was freed without charges.

More: Hospital CEO on nurse arrest video: ‘This will not happen again’

Gordon Crabtree, CEO of University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, later said hospital security should have intervened and changed hospital policy so that police officer can only speak to senior nurse supervisors.

"To our nurses and staff — this will not happen again," Crabtree said. "Nurse Wubbels was placed in an unfair and unwarranted position (and) her actions were nothing less than exemplary."

"I just feel betrayed, I feel angry, I feel a lot of things," Wubbels said during a news conference after the video’s release. "I am still confused. I’m a health care worker. The only job I have is to keep my patients safe."

Payne’s lawyer, Greg Skordas, said he plans to appeal the decision. Skordas said Tuesday that Payne would still have a job if the video of the arrest hadn’t gone viral.

He said Payne would agree to punishment but that termination was going too far.

Payne’s supervisor, Lt. James Tracy, was demoted to officer, the Associated Press reported. His lawyer, Ed Brass, couldn’t immediately be reached.

Tracy made an impulsive decision in ordering Payne to arrest Wubbels without first taking time to understand the facts of the situation and the law, Brown wrote in his disciplinary letter.

He said the order created chaos and unnecessarily escalated the situation.

“Your lack of judgment and leadership in this matter is unacceptable, and as a result, I no longer believe that you can retain a leadership position in the department,” Brown said.

The letter said Wubbels told investigators that Tracy minimized her concerns, intimidated and lectured her, and made her feel like she was to blame for the events.

The Associated Press obtained the disciplinary letters for Payne and Tracy through a public records request.

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Real Salt Lake DP scouted by England, Germany, Scotland

Albert Rusnak‘s outstanding season in Major League Soccer has scouts abroad wondering if he’s made a breakthrough.

With intense weeks ahead in World Cup qualifying and MLS, he may not have much time to notice the extra eyes.

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Rusnak, 23, has seven goals and 12 assists for Real Salt Lake this season, and the DP attacking midfielder is in focus Thursday at Hampden Park in Scotland.

The Slovakian star won’t be worried about scouts, largely, as his side looks to clinch at least second place in UEFA World Cup qualifying Group F, but the BBC’s Simon Stone says he’s not likely to MLS for long thanks to interest in England, Germany, and Scotland (at the very least).

Scouts from clubs in all three countries will watch the 23-year-old in Glasgow before what is likely to be a move away from current Major League Soccer outfit Real Salt Lake in January.

Rusnak was with Manchester City from 2010-15, where his father was a scout. He took loans at Oldham Athletic, Birmingham City, and SC Cambuur before moving to Groningen and then RSL.

He has five caps for Slovakia, which sits five points back of England and a point ahead of Slovenia and Scotland. His RSL side has surged into the Top Six and looks to maintain playoff positioning over the final two matches.

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Issues aside, United States has Winter Olympic bid options

PARK CITY, Utah — Even before the IOC formally selected Los Angeles to host the 2028 Summer Olympics two weeks ago in Lima, there was talk about the United States hosting the 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympics. Denver, Salt Lake City and Reno/Tahoe are all reportedly exploring the possibility of a winter bid. But would such bid steal some of the thunder away from L.A. 2028, perhaps hindering its ability to market those Games? That was the question posed to L.A. 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman on Tuesday at the Team USA media summit. No country has hosted back-to-back Olympics since before World War II.

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"There are a myriad of issues — most of them commercial," Wasserman admitted. "But our approach has always been the Olympic Games, whether they be summer or winter are good for American athletes. We will take an open mind and listen and let that process develop, and when it’s time to engage be ready. We’d love for the Winter Games to come back to the U.S. whether it’s 2026, 2030 or beyond."

–Wayne Drehs

Four years ago, freekier Devin Logan went into the first Olympic qualifying season in her sport’s history with the goal of qualifying in slopestyle and halfpipe. A double threat since she was 12, Logan, 24, came up short of her goal, qualifying for the Sochi Games only in slopestyle, but she left Sochi with a silver medal.

This time around, Logan said she is as determined as ever to qualify in both events, which means competing in twice as many contests as her competitors. To that end, she skipped early season on-snow training in New Zealand in favor of gym time to increase her strength and stamina for what she now knows will be a long, exhausting season.

So what’s keeping her motivated for all those early morning workouts and airbag sessions?

"There’s a 15-year-old girl who’s better than me," Logan said of Estonian wunderkind Kelly Sildaru, the 2016 and 2017 X Games Aspen slopestyle gold medalist who has begun training in halfpipe, as well. "That’s what gets me up in the morning. She lights a fire under me."

–Alyssa Roenigk

A few hours after Los Angeles officially became the host city for the 2028 Summer Games, Wasserman and L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti jumped into their hotel pool — suits and all — to celebrate.

"Thankfully there were no pictures of the mayor," Wasserman said Tuesday.

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IOC president Thomas Bach visited L.A. for two days after the announcement. But now it’s time to get down to business. Los Angeles has an unprecedented 11 years to prepare for the Games, but Wasserman knows when the calendar turns to 2028 he’s going to wish he had more time. So he’s trying not to waste it now.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," Wasserman said. "A big obligation. A big opportunity. And it requires us to get it right. While we have lots of time, that’s the one thing you can’t get more of. Everyday we work towards that goal of producing the best Olympics in history."

What that might look like no one knows. Eleven years ago, for example, the iPhone didn’t exist. Wasserman said he had lunch with technological inventor Elon Musk during the bid process and even Musk struggled to imagine the possibilities.

"That struck me since he’s the one who spends his time imagining what the world will be like then," Wasserman said.

–Wayne Drehs

‘Powerful’ statement

Four years ago in Sochi, the U.S. women’s hockey team lost the gold medal match to rival Canada in overtime. On Wednesday, Hilary Knight didn’t exactly mince words about the growth in the team since then. "Not taking anything away from that team but it is scary where we are going to be in February in terms of talent, offense, chemistry," Knight said. "It’s powerful. I wouldn’t want to be suited up against us."

The U.S. women’s Olympic team won the first-ever women’s ice hockey tournament in 1998 and captured gold in Nagano, Japan, in a gold-medal game thriller over the Canadians. Since 1998, the U.S. has won three silver medals (2002, 2010, 2014) and one bronze medal (2006). This group is ranked No. 1 by the IIHF.

–Wayne Drehs

The USA Bobsled team will have added motivation for Pyeongchang — the memory of late, lamented pilot Steve Holcomb. As Evan Weinstock, a member of the four-man sled piloted by Justin Olsen, says, "We’re not only racing for our country, but for Steve, as well. I’m sure there will be tangible tributes, like his initials on our sleds, but more important is our desire to honor his legacy. His death hit us hard, but it also gave us motivation to do what he loved the most, and that is to win medals. We want to put a smile on his face."

–Steve Wulf

Upcoming test for Nyman

Seven months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL, MCL and PCL, American downhiller Steve Nyman said he is leaving for Europe on Wednesday to test his surgically repaired left knee for the first time. His biggest concern? Leaving his wife behind with their three-and-a-half-month-old daughter.

"But she’s going to her mom’s house," he said. "So she’ll be fine."

Nyman said he’s been told by other skiers who have gone through a similar procedure that it typically takes a year before skiers can compete at a world class level pain free. There is extra motivation with it being an Olympic year and knowing the fast, jump-riddled Pyeongchang downhill course is well suited for his talents. He finished third in a test even there last year before his injury. Needless to say he has lofty goals for the upcoming year no matter how much he tries to downplay them.

"I really have high expectations for this year," he said. "But gotta keep the expectations low and focus on the task at hand."

–Wayne Drehs

Three reasons to care

The Pyeongchang Games are set for Feb. 9-25, 2018. More than 2,800 athletes from 95 nations are expected to participate in 15 sport disciplines.

The Olympic summit has one full day left, as it concludes Wednesday.

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Is Salt Lake City the New Austin?

As Silicon Valley continues to become expensive to the point of unaffordability, it’s become a common guessing game as to which metro area is poised to become the next “it” market for startups to flourish, find investors and win over consumers.

Naturally, major locales like Seattle, New York, San Diego and Los Angeles are considered major tech hubs as well. Austin, Texas, has emerged in recent years as the go-to area for major tech companies looking for a more affordable alternative for employees, bringing startups and investors along with it.

Called "Silicon Slopes" by many in the industry, Utah has seen steady growth in the analytic data industry in particular since the 1990s, and in more recent years the state has made significant progress in attracting startups and venture capitalists.

“The real explosion in venture capital in Utah has really been in the last 10 years,” says Mark Gorenberg, managing director of Zetta Venture Partners, who has invested in numerous Utah-based companies throughout his career, including data analytics company Omniture, before it was purchased by Adobe.

In commercial real estate company CBRE’s annual report of key markets for tech momentum released in July, Salt Lake City showed more than 22 percent growth in tech talent in the last two years and is one of the most concentrated millennial markets in the U.S., with 21.8 percent of the urban population made up of millennials.

For workplace productivity firm Teem, a company that lists Gorenberg’s Zetta Venture Partners and Google Ventures as investors, Salt Lake City has always been the ideal location to grow and attract the right talent. Plus, it’s just a short plane ride to Silicon Valley, where many companies are benefiting from Teem’s designs for a more productive, happier workplace.

“There were several specific moments in time where we said, ‘Hey, should we move to San Francisco? Should we move to the Bay Area?’” says Shaun Ritchie, CEO of Teem. But in the end, the pros for Salt Lake City outweighed the cons of being outside California. “We felt like we could build a world-class technology company not having to be down there [in Silicon Valley] all the time,” Ritchie adds.

As will happen, the effects of business growth are having a direct effect on Salt Lake City’s real estate industry. The average home price in Salt Lake City is currently $285,000, according to real estate information company Zillow, which is a 9.9 percent increase over the past year. Paul Benson, a real estate agent and CEO of Engel & Volkers Park City in Park City, Utah, says he has watched the luxury home market transform as more investments, startups and expansions occur throughout Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas.

“It used to be in Utah we were looking for just a random [relocation] or we were looking for a ski-home buyer – somebody that was coming here primarily to ski,” Benson says. “That has now switched to marketing a lot more in Northern California and places like Austin, Texas, for our buyers in the real estate world.”

In March, technology executive network TechNet released an analysis of the parts of the country experiencing the most growth in startup job opportunities and tech business. The report ranks what it identifies as the 10 existing tech hubs, based on each area’s startup economy. It’s no surprise that the list begins with San Francisco; San Jose, California; Seattle; New York City; Boston and Austin, Texas.

The report then goes on to list the next 25 metro areas for their startup economies, considering them as emerging in the tech industry. Salt Lake City comes in at No. 14 overall, fourth among the emerging tech hubs.

While Salt Lake City takes a prime spot on the emerging markets list, that doesn’t necessarily indicate it as the runaway for new tech growth. However, Provo, Utah, a smaller neighbor to southwest of Salt Lake City, is already noted by the report as an existing tech hub – No. 7 on the list.

“It moved to creating a larger ecosystem around the area, so it was not just Provo,” Gorenberg says. “Now companies were starting to move north. Sort of, again, in the same way I think you saw in Silicon Valley, where companies moved toward Palo Alto and then further north in the 1990s.”

Silicon Slopes’ proximity to Silicon Valley, extended role in the tech industry with Provo, a climate that appeals to ski lovers and those who prefer sunshine alike, an adventurous location and a welcoming culture draws more parallels not to Austin, but instead to the Mecca of tech itself.

In fact, Gorenberg points out, the growth of the analytic data industry in Utah in many ways mimics the growth of software in Silicon Valley in the 1980s – beginning further south and expanding northward to encompass more of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Beyond business and job opportunities themselves, Salt Lake City serves as a draw for many entrepreneurs and recent grads looking to get into the startup game. Not only is it significantly less expensive than the likes of San Jose and San Francisco, but Salt Lake City is also situated with access to an international airport, ski resorts and major highways so that ground travel is rarely more than a half-hour heading anywhere.

While Utah is widely recognized for its mountainous landscape and relatively small population at just over 3 million people, Salt Lake City is still a large city, and residents get all the benefits of living in a major metropolitan area.

Because many relocating from out of state find that urban setting appealing, Ritchie says he expects to see more companies placing their headquarters within city limits. “They’re going to realize it’s difficult to recruit from out of state when you live 20, 30 miles south in bedroom communities,” Ritchie says.

As far as the real estate market is concerned, there’s certainly room to grow. Benson notes that Salt Lake City, like many other markets in the country, is seeing record low numbers of homes on the market and record high sale prices – but relative to San Francisco, San Jose and even Austin, the area is still more than affordable. Salt Lake city residents spend just 25.78 percent of their household income on housing expenses, based on information from the U.S. Census Bureau to calculate blended annual household income and the cost of living.

“They’re well-positioned for where the puck is going with information technology. … If anything, you’re going to see more explosive growth there,” Gorenberg says.

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Real Salt Lake hoping to stay sharp in Vancouver

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The approach for Real Salt Lake during the two FIFA scheduling breaks during the 2017 season couldn’t have been handled much differently.

The first break was in early June, and came on the heels of RSL’s dreadful two-game swing to Texas in which it was outscored 11-3 in losses to Houston and FC Dallas.

Coach Mike Petke treated the extra week off as a mini preseason and worked his players extremely hard. The team’s record prior to that break was 4-10-2, but is 6-3-3 since.

Realizing his team is in pretty good form right now, Petke kept things pretty simple during this past off week. He said it was all about just maintaining their fitness.

“They’re at a point in the season we didn’t need that bit of a preseason to really push them, just maintaining, no injuries, keeping them sharp,” said Petke.

All of it was with a keen eye toward this weekend’s critical match at Vancouver this Saturday (8 p.m., KMYU).

Vancouver occupies the fourth spot in the Western Conference playoff race at the moment and is one of numerous teams RSL is trying to chase down in the final month of the season. Petke’s team sits in eighth place, but it only trails Vancouver by three points.

“There’s some pressure on us right now to get the points, this is the time of year when you can smell the playoffs right around the corner,” said Nick Rimando.

Real Salt Lake’s current playoff position is in stark contrast to where it stood at this point last year. With six games remaining in the regular season last year, RSL occupied the No. 2 spot in the West and seemed like a legitimate MLS Cup contender.

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Over those last six games, however, it scored two goals and posted a 0-4-2 record and barely qualified for the playoffs as the No. 6 seed. Its playoff stay was very brief, losing to Los Angeles 3-1 in the one-game playoff.

A year later, it is hoping to flip the script and climb up the table, and it starts with a difficult match in Canada this weekend. Vancouver is 3-1-2 over its past six matches, including a solid road win at Orlando before the break.

Petke said the challenges against Vancouver are obvious.

“They’re a team that’s No. 1 in the league in set piece goals, and I think they’re No. 2 or 3 with the number of crosses they get in the run of play,” he said. “They get back in such great shape, in deep, giving you nothing, and then they’re explosive on the counterattack.”

Getting pressure to the ball and denying those early crosses will be key. According to Rimando, so will not conceding “dumb fouls around the box or in dangerous areas.”

Real Salt Lake is coming off back-to-back victories at home in which it scored four goals each, and it hopes the momentum hasn’t been thwarted by the extra rest.

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Salt Lake’s largest dog adoption event

100 animals have new homes tonight, on a rather appropriate day. It’s national dog day.

Pet-A-Palooza, the largest pet adoption event in Salt Lake County, has just wrapped up at the county library in West Jordan.

They had dogs, cats, birds, ducks, rabbits and reptiles from 15 different shelters and rescues.

There’s even a woman who can read your pet’s personality, said Callista Pearson with Salt Lake County Animal Services.

"People should definitely go and check out the pet psychic, she’s pretty awesome," she said. "You just show her a photo of the dog or cat and she can give a reading for them and she pretty much nails it."

This is the fourth annual Pet-A-Palooza. They had over 50 vendors from pet-related products to treats for humans.

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Utah football: Zack Moss ready to be the featured runnin’ Ute

SALT LAKE CITY — Zack Moss has bounced back from a tough finish last season at California. Then, as a true freshman, the Utah running back had a pair of opportunities to score a game-winning touchdown for the Utes in the closing seconds of a 28-23 loss to the Bears in Berkeley.

Moss picked up a yard on a first-and-goal situation from the 2-yard line with 14 seconds remaining. After an incomplete pass on the next play, the offense turned to Moss again. He was stopped just short of the goal line as time expired.

“That was a tough game. That was a tough ending to the game,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. “It certainly wasn’t Zack’s fault. There was a lot of things that contributed to that.”

Even so, Whittingham acknowledged that Moss is “very different” since that upset setback in Berkeley on Oct. 1.

“He’s grown up a lot. He’s made a more concerted effort to focus and learn his assignments,” Whittingham said. “Last year he was a freshman, he was a true freshman, and that comes with the territory. But he’s really done a lot of growing up in the last 6-8 months.”

Moss, a 5-foot-10, 210-pound sophomore from Florida, said that he wants to win every time he steps on the field.

“I’ve watched that film countless times and just watched the end of that game, that play, countless times,” Moss said. “it makes me hungry, each and every day, to not let that happen this year and not let the team down.”

Although Moss has put the Cal game behind him, he does take a glimpse at it just to keep going. Moss said the whole thing has made him better.

In camp, Moss was battling junior Armand Shyne for the top spot vacated by the graduation of Joe Williams, who is now with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. An unspecified injury to Shyne, though, ended the competition in the midst of camp.

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Moss is now the undisputed front-runner for the Utes. Whittingham made it clear that he is the lead back and without a doubt the leader of the group.

“There’s no pressure. Like I’ve said before, I just see us playing football,” Moss said. “I think I was going to be able to contribute to the team in a big way if it was me and Armand. But now it’s just me. I want to do the same thing I said I was going to do if it was me and Armand, come out here and attack each and every day and help this team win games.”

Moss, who averaged 4.5 yards per carry while rushing for 382 yards and two touchdowns last season, also wants to break some records.

“I want to be — not just a 1,000-yard guy — I want to be an all-purpose guy,” said Moss, who expressed confidence that the new offense will allow him to do that.

Catching passes in the backfield and putting up some numbers receiving are part of the equation. Moss aims to get 1,500 all-purpose yards.

Since his freshman year, Moss said he’s added six to seven pounds of muscle while adding his protein intake and listening to his strength coaches. His quickness has improved.

“I’ve just been working real hard on my body for this season,” said Moss, who declared himself ready to go.

Offensive coordinator Troy Taylor said that Moss is doing a great job.

“He’s taking a lot of reps and he’s improved with each rep,” Taylor said. “And he’s been great in all three phases.”

Moss has also impressed running backs coach Kiel McDonald. “He’s doing some things well. He’s constantly getting better. He’s becoming more cerebral as a football player,” McDonald said. “His game is actually expanding and he’s stepping up to the challenge.”

McDonald, who coached at Eastern Washington last season, has had a chance to watch the Cal film on Moss. However, it’s very much in the rearview mirror.

“All I know is since I’ve been here the young man has grown. He’s gotten better and he does practice with a chip on his shoulder,” McDonald said. “I think fans can look for him to do some things this year.”

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Utah Is Quite An Interesting State

Utah can be quite an interesting state if you ever get to visit it in person. Its neighbors of Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona are sometimes more famous, or just more well-traveled, but that does not mean that Utah is the rural desert space that so many assume it to be.

That’s not to say Utah doesn’t have desert, as it certainly does, but that’s not all there is to it. Salt Lake City is certainly not a desert, and it’s most definitely not devoid of people. The area is home to hundreds of thousands in fact. The city is considered somewhat remote, given the hundreds of miles between it and the next largest city, which is Denver by most estimates. However, Salt Lake City is large enough to support an NBA franchise, the Utah Jazz.

Salt Lake City of course sits next to a feature of Utah that few other places in the world can also say they have, which is the combination of Salt Lake itself and the salty flats around it. There’s actually quite a nice beach here, despite being so far from any continental coast. The flats are also famous places for races and land-speed records, as well as the occasional movie that gets filmed here.

The rest of the state is far from sand. Vast forests, canyons, mountain slopes, and epic valleys provide some of the nation’s best hunting, camping, skiing, rafting, and snowboarding. Utah is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, and many flock here every time they get a chance to, even sometimes entire summers. Of those that do so, a hardy few choose to stay permanently, joining this state as lifetime residents.

Given the easy access Utah residents have to other Western states and their magnificence, it’s no wonder residents love it here.