Returned missionary brings a piece of Thailand to Provo with Fish Kiss Spa

PROVO — A sidewalk in Utah County is an ocean away from where Jameson Tanner spent two years of his life. “It was totally different to say the least, but it was the best thing that ever happened to me,” he said, reflecting on his LDS mission while standing in the sun outside his business in Provo. “My dad actually served his mission in Thailand 30 years earlier.” The country hooked Tanner — and when he returned home, he couldn’t wait to reel in a couple of high school friends. He soon returned to Thailand on vacation, along with William Wright and Porter Willis. The school of three quickly waded… Read More

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Turning Utah’s rocks into liquid gold

VERNAL — South of here on a barren hillside full of craggy rocks, the eyes of oil men are glistening with hope. A geologist is in awe, at home in this playground of sandstone rocks that are full of a sticky semi-solid petroleum substance called bitumen. They are pulling this bitumen from the rock and transforming it into heavy oil that is low in sulfur, contains no paraffin and is low in heavy metals like nickel and vanadium. That oil can then be turned into diesel, kerosene or jet fuel or mixed with lighter oils. By the end of this year, Petroteq Energy aims to be producing 1,000 barrels of… Read More

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About Utah: They came to Alta to be ski bums. Now they stay for the summer and Restoration Day

ALTA — Maura Olivos came to this ski town 16 years ago because Greg, her boyfriend/husband-to-be, had a goal of being a ski bum and he couldn’t think of anywhere on Earth he’d rather live out his dream. Little did Olivos know, she was coming to her own kind of paradise, too. Olivos is an ecologist. She loves plants. At Alta, the crown that sits atop Little Cottonwood Canyon, she landed smack in the middle of one of the planet’s most beautiful mountain landscapes – with a dizzying diversity of native shrubs, plants and flowers unrivaled anywhere this side of the rainforest. It took her awhile to make the discovery,… Read More

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Poor people are trapped behind bars. How Utah is using an algorithm to get some of them out

SALT LAKE CITY–On an early May morning in 2010, 16-year-old Kalief Browder, who lived with his family in the Bronx, N.Y., was arrested for stealing a backpack. “I didn’t rob anybody,” Browder told the arresting officer. “You can check my pockets.” But the next day, he was led into a courtroom, where he learned he had been charged with robbery, grand larceny, and assault. A judge set his bail at $3,000, an amount well beyond his family’s resources. So Browder was sent to Rikers Island to await trial. He spent the next three years at the New York City jail known for its culture of violence, nearly two of them… Read More

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Poor people are stuck behind bars. How Utah is using an algorithm to get some of them out

SALT LAKE CITY–On an early May morning in 2010, 16-year-old Kalief Browder, who lived with his family in the Bronx, N.Y., was arrested for stealing a backpack. “I didn’t rob anybody,” Browder told the arresting officer. “You can check my pockets.” But the next day, he was led into a courtroom, where he learned he had been charged with robbery, grand larceny, and assault. A judge set his bail at $3,000, an amount well beyond his family’s resources. So Browder was sent to Rikers Island to await trial. He spent the next three years at the New York City jail known for its culture of violence, nearly two of them… Read More

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Program gives kids passport to STEM summer vacation

CLEARFIELD — Three, two, one … lift off! With that countdown, Matthew Burgess’ handmade paper rocket shot into the blue sky above Hill Aerospace Museum, traveling further than any other projectile in the class of about 15 students. Matthew, 10, along with his 14-year-old sister, Amber, participated Saturday in the inaugural weekend session of the museum’s STEM Summer Passport program. “It was pretty cool and fun to do,” Matthew said. For the first time, the education staff at the Hill Aerospace Museum is offering a free summer program with interactive classes for children 8 years old and up to learn about science, technology, engineering and math. The classes run weekly… Read More

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Red Cross: Blood donation push turning heads amidst worrying long term trends

SALT LAKE CITY — Worrisome blood donation trends in the last four years have the American Red Cross searching for new, creative ways to catch people’s eye — and its latest effort launched this week has so far turned some heads, the organization says. Last week, the letters A, B, and O — the symbols marking the most prevalent blood types — began to “disappear from brands, social media pages, signs and websites to illustrate the critical role every blood donor plays,” regional Red Cross spokesman Rich Woodruff said. “When the letters A, B and O vanish from everyday life, the gaps are striking,” Woodruff said in a release. “And… Read More

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Local billionaire to take control of the LA Times Monday

LOS ANGELES — A biotech billionaire who purchased the Los Angeles Times with an eye toward restoring its independence and vigor will officially take control of the news organization Monday, the newspaper reports . Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong (soon-shong) is spending $500 million to buy The Times, San Diego Union-Tibune, Spanish-language newspaper Hoy and some community newspapers from Chicago-based Tronc. The deal, announced Feb. 7, returns The Times to local ownership after nearly two decades under rocky Chicago control. The newsroom has been led by three editors in 10 months and five publishers in four years. Soon-Shiong, 65, will become executive chairman of the California News Group. He plans to move… Read More

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Backyard brew: Field House Brewing Co. crew breathing new life into Abbotsford

For Josh Vanderheide, craft beer is about a lot more than cold brews. It’s about the warmth of a community. Vanderheide, whose background includes running a design studio in Vancouver for several years, was introduced to the world of craft beer through his various client accounts. Josh Vanderheide, founder of Field House Brewing Company. ” data-medium-file=”https://postmediavancouversun2.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/0617-feat-field-house-brewing-4-jpg.jpg?w=400&h=600?w=200″ data-large-file=”https://postmediavancouversun2.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/0617-feat-field-house-brewing-4-jpg.jpg?w=400&h=600?w=640″ src=”https://postmediavancouversun2.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/0617-feat-field-house-brewing-4-jpg.jpg?w=400&h=600″ alt=”Josh Vanderheide, founder of Field House Brewing Company. ” width=”400″ height=”600″ srcset=”https://postmediavancouversun2.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/0617-feat-field-house-brewing-4-jpg.jpg?w=400&h=600 400w, https://postmediavancouversun2.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/0617-feat-field-house-brewing-4-jpg.jpg?w=100&h=150 100w, https://postmediavancouversun2.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/0617-feat-field-house-brewing-4-jpg.jpg?w=200&h=300 200w, https://postmediavancouversun2.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/0617-feat-field-house-brewing-4-jpg.jpg 700w” sizes=”(max-width: 400px) 100vw, 400px”> Josh Vanderheide. “We were doing some projects for wineries, craft breweries and distilleries. And the breweries were unique in that they just operated so differently than other industries,” he… Read More

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Why many Americans aren’t benefiting from robust US economy

WASHINGTON — “The economy,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell declared this week, “is doing very well.” And it is. Steady hiring has shrunk unemployment to 3.8 percent — the lowest since the 1960’s. Consumers are spending. Taxes are down. Inflation is tame. Factories are busy. Demand for homes is strong. Household wealth is up. Yet the numbers that collectively sketch a picture of a vibrant economy don’t reflect reality for a range of Americans who still feel far from financially secure even nine years into an economic expansion. From drivers paying more for gas and families bearing heavier child care costs to workers still awaiting decent pay raises and couples… Read More

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