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Top 5 Utah Stories February 9th, 2024

Zion National Park just got a little bit bigger, and the Jazz finalize trade with the Toronto Raptors in this week’s top 5.


  1. House OKs bill to enhance homelessness data reporting, reinstate ‘code blue’ camping mitigation

The Utah House unanimously passed a bill Tuesday to require the state to report on data about the homeless population. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tyler Clancy, R-Provo, is centered on “data, governance and accountability,” he told Utah House members Tuesday, according to KSL. “We can’t simply invest resources and take our hand off the wheel and think it will suffice. I acknowledge HB298 is far from a cure to this complex problem, but it is absolutely a marked departure from the status quo. And I believe that’s what our homeless brothers and sisters desperately need,” said Clancy. 

In Utah Stories own reporting, I’m working on a story that will come out Wednesday about the success of Utah’s first ever sanctioned campground operated by SwitchPoint. It’s a temporary shelter, with 50 pod units that are heated and offer electricity. Stay tuned for Wednesday next week when we release that online exclusive.

  1. Jazz Finalize Trade with Toronto Raptors

The Utah Jazz’s in-season turnaround has thrust them into the Play-In Tournament hunt, but that won’t stop their front office from acquiring a first-round pick at the deadline. The Jazz are sending Kelly Olynyk and Ochai Agbaji to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Kira Lewis, Otto Porter Jr. and a 2024 first-round pick.

ESPN first reported the deal. The move gives some extra size and depth to the Raptors interior, along with a nice wing player to join the group of athletic wings Masai Ujiri typically loves to acquire. For the Jazz, we’ll see if this marks the beginning of the end for their postseason pursuit. The red ink is out, so let’s throw some grades down on this trade.

  1. Zion National Park just got a little bit bigger with private property sold to public land trust

A 48-acre property along Kolob Terrace Road on Zion National Park’s west side has been in Lorin Lowe’s family for generations. “Sometimes we become so accustomed to the beauty of Zion National Park on that backside that we have to take a minute and think, ‘Hey, this is beautiful,’ and we’ve got to slow down and take a breath and take it all in,” said Lowe to Fox News. The land used to be a place for cattle on their journey to Kolob Reservoir. Now transporting cattle has changed in the modern world and they no longer need the land. 

  1. Avalanche Warning Issued for Wasatch Range 

The Utah Avalanche Center issued a warning on Thursday morning saying the avalanche danger is high and that travel is not recommended. The warning is specifically for several mountains stretching from Salt Lake City to Cedar City, including the mountain range south of I-80, the Western Uinta Mountains and the Skyline Mountains of central Utah, according to ABC4. 

  1. 3 Utah cities are leading the country in economic growth

Clearly Utah is growing, you can tell by all the new apartment buildings, and the transplants flocking to the state. The Best-Performing Cities 2024 report by the Milken Institute focuses on sustainable growth and resilience in U.S. metropolitan areas, and showcased Utah once again. The 403 cities surveyed in the report were placed in their rankings regarding opportunities for job growth, wages and high-tech industry growth, according to The Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah and Provo-Orem, Utah are leading in economic growth for large cities, and St. George, Utah is leading for economic growth for small cities. 

Adventure of the Day: Women in Nature and Science Fest: Celebrating Women’s Contributions. The Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) will feature an inaugural event on February 10, 2024. It is the Women in Nature and Science Festival. 

Question of the Day: Based on number one of the top 5 will the bill to require the state to report on data about the homeless population actually aid in the increasingly worse homeless problem in Utah? As seen on utahstories.com and discussed in the daily top five the story about Candice McCray’s death being investigated, and the reports on homeless deaths being allegedly  inaccurate, with this bill being passed will this information be accurate? Will this help families get clarity on their homeless family members?

*Content for this article curated from other sources.

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