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Top 5 Utah Stories February 8th, 2024

Here are today’s top five stories: 1. Anna Frey Is Going To The Super bowl To Cheer On Her Look-Alike, 2. The Owner Of Three Pines Coffee Is Eliminating Tipping and Raising Employees’ Wages, 3. Company That Owns Deer Valley and Solitude May Be Adding A New Resort, 4. Utah Lawmakers Want Changes To The…


Here are today’s top five stories.

  1. Anna Frey Is Going To The Super bowl To Cheer On Her Look-Alike

As reported on the top five a couple of days ago, teen Anna Frey’s look alike is Brock Purdy who plays on the 49ers. She is now being sent to the Super bowl coming up this weekend on Sunday. Six Star Pro Nutrition is sending the sixteen year old out to the big game. “I’m super excited,” Frey said. “If you see me down on The Strip or anywhere, please come say hi,” to Fox News. 

  1. The Owner Of Three Pines Coffee Is Eliminating Tipping and Raising Employees’ Wages 

Nick Price, the Utah coffee shop owner is increasing employees base pay from ten dollars to eighteen dollars. The price of coffee is going up by approximately one dollar per cup, and the option to tip when you pay is gone. Nick Price said to The Tribune, “I just want to make it easier for everyone and make sure that my employees have a consistent wage. I’m just trying to do my best to run my tiny little coffee shop in the way that I feel good about when I go to sleep at night.” Will other Utah coffee shops follow in these steps? 

  1. Company That Owns Deer Valley and Solitude May Be Adding A New Resort 

Alterra Mountain Resorts announced that it will be adding a possible new resort that may add skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes earlier in the season. This may upset many that dislike the Ikon pass, but the real shredders will be very stoked. Alterra is a retailer of the Ikon Pass which is popular because of skiers and snowboarders’ passion for getting on the best mountains. Although the obscene price and larger and larger crowds are deterring some skiers who used to hit the slopes regularly. Local skier Robert Jones said, “Skiing has always been a passion for me, there’s something so amazing about the feeling. The Ikon pass has taken over the standard single resort passes I was used to growing up. It provides a ton of flexibility and allows me to go home to Tahoe and ski without a day pass. That being said a lot of the privately owned resort appeal has been stripped from the skiing experience. Most of the Alterra resorts have the same corporate feel, which is unfortunate and probably not changing anytime soon.” 

  1. Utah Lawmakers Want Changes To The First-Time Homebuyer Program 

Utah’s homebuyer program might be changing. The program currently gives buyers $20,000 for a down payment, closing costs, or paying down their interest rate. Lawmakers are looking to adjust some of the rules in this program, hopefully to provide more homes for more people. “It’s just really designed to get more money out the door faster to people who need it,” said Sen. Lincoln Fillmore, R-South Jordan to Fox News. The program is currently limited to new homes costing $450,000 or less. But the Senator wants to add some flexibility. 

  1. Sandy man faces federal charge accusing him of damaging memorial at National Gallery of Art

A man from Sandy was indicted Tuesday on accusations of damaging a memorial at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. The man from Sandy, Jackson Green, 27, was taken into custody Tuesday after investigators said he attacked the Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial in the National Gallery of Art’s west building. The large memorial commemorates one of the first Civil War regiments of African Americans enlisted in the north. He damaged the memorial with red paint and a statement saying, “Honor them”. 

Adventure of the Day: TailGate Puppy Bowl at Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends is celebrating the 20th annual Puppy Bowl with waived fees for adoption. 

Question of the Day: Can Utah handle the intense urbanization and economic growth it’s going through as a state? 

As Utah Stories has extensively reported, clearly the urbanization of Utah is happening quickly. New apartment buildings are popping up everyday, and transplants are coming in, in large numbers. Utah Stories reported on Vineyard being the fastest growing city in Utah, with local farms being purchased and pushed out. Can little local Utah survive the push for urbanization? 

We have learned that very often the small ma-and-pa businesses that make up the local tapestry of communities are very often pushed aside when big corporate developers come knocking and buying. We see this happening in Sugar House where a big developer wants to plop a skyrise in a quaint little shopping district; we see this happening on Broadway, where a big developer has bought up one of the last local blocks where Ken Sanders Rare Books and other long-time local retailers reside; in the next nine months this area will likely be raised and “re-imagined” in the name of progress. 

The problem is in how things are being “reimagined” – if the community and the local business owners were involved in this process this urbanization would be fine. It’s progress, we certainly need progress, we need to embrace urban density; more bike paths, more transit, but the local business owners need to be invited into the discussion in a meaningful way. 

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*Content for this article curated from other sources.

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