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Jet Setting and Partying Are Still Okay If You Are Utah’s Attorney General

On today’s top 5, Utah Attorney General is receiving scrutiny after frequent travels, and the management of his non profit.


  1. Is The Jordan River Going To Flood This Year? 

Residents living along the Jordan River are facing challenges due to rising water levels caused by increased releases from Utah Lake, according to KUTV. This has led to concerns about potential flooding in communities along the river’s path. In one neighborhood in South Jordan, residents are taking action to protect their homes, including redirecting water and implementing safety measures like water alarms and backup pumps. However, erosion along the riverbank and the sheer volume of water remain significant threats. Water managers are working to alleviate pressure on Utah Lake, which is currently at capacity, but downstream communities are still bracing for the impact of the rising water levels. The floodgates of Utah Lake were opened about a month ago for the first time since 2011, exacerbating the situation.

  1. Highway Closures Ensue With Afternoon Winds 

The Utah Department of Transportation issued an emergency alert ahead of a High Wind Warning for areas along the Wasatch Front, according to KUTV. Strong downslope winds capable of overturning high-profile vehicles were expected along I-15 between Bountiful and Brigham City, starting around 10 a.m. and lasting through Friday morning. Travel was deemed hazardous for high-profile vehicles and those pulling trailers, with restrictions expected and enforced by the Utah Highway Patrol. The National Weather Service upgraded the storm assessment to “major,” affecting Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Box Elder, and Cache counties. Wind gusts between 70-85 miles per hour were anticipated between Kaysville and Bountiful, and 50-70 miles per hour in Salt Lake, eastern Box Elder, and Cache counties from Thursday into Friday.

  1. Are The Olympics Going To Bring More Passenger Trains to Utah? 

If Salt Lake City hosts the 2034 Winter Olympic Games, it could lead to new infrastructure upgrades in Utah, prompting discussions about improving passenger rail service, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Governor Spencer Cox expressed support for expanding passenger rail, highlighting discussions with U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on federal investments in rail infrastructure. Cox plans to collaborate with local leaders to develop a long-term vision for the state’s transportation, including potential rail expansions like the “Rio Grande Plan” to connect Salt Lake City to Park City. City leaders are open to exploring such ideas, emphasizing the importance of making generational investments in transportation.

  1. What Is Utah’s Best-Kept Subterranean Secret? 

Neff’s Cave, located near Neff’s Canyon trail in the Wasatch Mountains east of Salt Lake City, holds a storied history and technical challenges that make it renowned among experienced cavers worldwide. Discovered in 1949 by teenage brothers John and Jamie Lyon, the cave’s hidden entrance initially captivated adventurous explorers. However, a misadventure left John and his friends trapped inside for three days, highlighting the cave’s dangers.

Situated deep under Mt. Olympus, Neff’s Cave plunges 1,163 feet into the earth, ranking as the 15th deepest cave in North America and the second deepest in Utah. Its vertical fissure presents a significant technical challenge, requiring specialized gear and extensive caving experience for safe exploration. Despite its allure, access is strictly regulated by the Forest Service and the Timpanogos Grotto due to safety concerns and the need to protect its delicate resources.

For those fortunate enough to gain access, exploring Neff’s Cave offers a thrilling and unforgettable experience, characterized by rappelling into its abyss and navigating its dark passages illuminated only by headlamps. The cave’s protected status underscores the importance of responsible exploration and preservation efforts to safeguard its natural wonders for future generations.

  1. Jet Setting and Partying Are Still Okay If You Are Utah’s Attorney General

Lawmakers in Utah were considering reforms to increase transparency and oversight of the attorney general’s office following scrutiny over frequent travels, and management of his nonprofit, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. While some legislators advocated for changes such as appointing the attorney general instead of electing them to avoid conflicts of interest, little was accomplished during the recent legislative session to alter the status quo. However, an ongoing investigation into the office’s culture and potential conflicts may lead to future changes. One significant measure that did pass was HB380, which extends a ban on outside legal work to the state’s attorney general. Other proposed legislation, such as HB545, aimed at disclosing out-of-state travel expenses of top officials, did not progress. Concerns were raised about transparency when the Legislature passed SB240, preventing public access to the calendars of public officials going forward. Despite calls for reform, significant changes, like amending the state constitution to allow gubernatorial appointment of the attorney general, were not pursued vigorously in this session but remain topics of future discussion.

*Content for this article curated from other sources.

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