Next phase of Point of the Mountain development — how to pay for it all

SALT LAKE CITY — Envision Utah President/CEO Robert Grow didn’t mince his comments to state legislators at an interim committee meeting Wednesday about what’s at stake, economically speaking, in the quest to plan for ongoing explosive growth in and around the Wasatch Front’s Point of the Mountain area. Tens of thousands of new, high-paying jobs and billions in state revenues. “The national consulting team we worked with made these projections that, if we do things right, we would end up with, by 2050, 150,000 additional high-end, innovation jobs in the state that would otherwise not come,” Grow said. “And those jobs would pay on average about $40,000 (a year) more… Read More

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Walnut Creek: City approves new Hilton motel near 680/North Main

WALNUT CREEK — A new 124-room, four-story Hilton Gardens Inn motel was approved Tuesday night, with City Council members touting the project as a welcome use for a parcel the city has wanted to put to use for years. “I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring this to fruition,” said Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Silva, one vote of a unanimous council approval of the project. The new Hilton Gardens Inn is planned for 2.26-acre parcel immediately southwest of the intersection of Lawrence Way and Penniman Way, just southeast of the Interstate 680/North Main Street interchange and next to the Stead Automotive Group dealership property. It would be close to two… Read More

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B.C. shoots back at Ottawa and Alberta over Kinder Morgan pipeline

VICTORIA – B.C. Premier John Horgan has shot back at federal finance minister Bill Morneau’s characterization he is trying to obstruct the Kinder Morgan pipeline, saying if Ottawa has a plan to solve the interprovincial dispute over the risk of oil spills it should share that with Canadians. And the B.C. government has also warned Alberta that it will take that province to court if it tries to enact legislation that would limit the export of oil to British Columbia. Horgan rejected Morenau’s characterization Wednesday that Ottawa must indemnify Kinder Morgan’s financial risks with federal funds to protect it from B.C.’s politically-motivated delays, calling that “rhetoric and hyperbole” from a… Read More

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If Kinder Morgan bails, feds would back new Trans Mountain investors: Morneau

OTTAWA — If Kinder Morgan wants to abandon plans to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, there are plenty of other investors out there willing to take up the cause — and they will have the backing of the federal Liberal government, Finance Minister Bill Morneau says. The government is willing to “provide indemnity” to any investors, be they the project’s original architects or otherwise, to ensure the controversial Alberta-B.C. project is able to proceed, Morneau told a news conference Wednesday. The announcement, coming on the very day when the company’s Calgary-based Canadian operation is scheduled to hold its annual meeting, bore the hallmarks of an effort to ratchet up… Read More

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Herbert willing to call special session to stop UTA name change

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday he expects lawmakers to announce there won’t be a name change for the Utah Transit Authority and he is willing to call a special legislative session if necessary to stop it. “I’ve always been opposed to the name change. I think it was not a smart thing to do. It has nothing to do with the operation of UTA,” the governor told the Deseret News. “There’s absolutely no reason that I can see to change the name of UTA.” He said in the interview with the newspaper that while he has not been briefed by lawmakers about their intentions, he is… Read More

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Commercial Real Estate: ALR land should be made available for cannabis cultivation: Colliers

The provincial government should make parts of Metro Vancouver’s agricultural land reserve (ALR) available for the soon-to-be-legalized cultivation of recreational cannabis, says Colliers International. Using greenhouses on portions of the least-arable ALR land would provide a viable alternative to Metro Vancouver’s scant industrial land for cannabis production, the property brokerage said in a recent white paper. Doing so would allow for a viable recreational cannabis production industry here without further squeezing the already-tight industrial market, Colliers said. Greenhouse cultivation on ALR land would be cheaper than producing recreational pot in industrial spaces, it said, adding that it would also boost the flexibility and profitability of Metro farmland. The provincial government,… Read More

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Data, ‘most important resource,’ ripe for theft, B.C. Tech Summit speaker warns

The next world war may be a cyber war and internet users need to protect against online viruses as they would with bugs that threaten their personal health, a top Google executive warned in a talk on data security that opened the B.C. Tech Summit on Tuesday. By 2020, computing devices will be twice as plentiful as the world’s population and their ubiquity increases the vulnerability of personal data, Jared Cohen, CEO and founder of Jigsaw, an arm of Google started to tackle threats to online security, said to kick off the two-day event. The world is already witnessing attacks on the digital stability of countries, some of which are… Read More

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Provo newspaper publisher named publisher of Ogden newspaper

OGDEN — The publisher of the Provo Daily Herald has been named the publisher of the Standard-Examiner in Ogden. Michael Christman, the regional publisher of Ogden Newspapers of Utah, announced Rhett Long’s appointment Monday. West Virginia-based Ogden Newspapers took over as the owner of the Standard-Examiner that same day. The Standard-Examiner reports Long is a Utah native and the former publisher and president of The Spectrum in St. George and Spectrum Media. He also oversaw the Daily News in Cedar City and the Desert Valley Times in Mesquite, Nevada. Long says he is committed to community journalism and is excited about the opportunity at the Standard-Examiner. The paper was recently… Read More

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Career fair seeks to connect veterans with jobs

LAYTON — Utah is among the states with the lowest unemployment rates in the nation at 3.1 percent compared to a national jobless rate of 4.1 percent, according to the state Department of Workforce Services. Those conditions have helped make the Beehive State a good place to look for work for nearly anyone, particularly military veterans. Nearly 60 employers participated in the Hiring Utah’s Heroes Career Fair Tuesday at the Davis Conference Center in Layton. The fair was one of a series of events intended to assist veterans, active-duty military, members of the National Guard and Reserve, along with military spouses in finding information on veteran benefits, prospective job opportunities… Read More

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Fremont City Council approves plans for two new housing developments

Fremont’s City Council approved this month plans for 13 new townhomes on land formerly zoned for commercial use in Niles, and also gave another developer a green light to subdivide a property, making way for seven new homes in Mission San Jose. The vote on both development projects at the May 1 meeting was 4-1, with Vice Mayor Vinnie Bacon dissenting on both. Newark-based developer Community First USA plans to build 13 townhomes on a .79-acre piece of land at 36341 Mission Blvd., ranging in size from 1,735 square feet to 2,047 square feet. One of the homes will be sold as below market rate. Ten of the homes will… Read More

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