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Situational Analysis | Jan. 10, 2023

Good Tuesday morning to ya! It's National Bittersweet Chocolate Day - how dark is too dark?? Setting your teeth on edge?

Don't miss the New York Times obituary of Adolfo Kaminsky. He died Monday at the age of 97 and was responsible for saving thousands of Jews from concentration camps during World War II. 

Be in the Know

  • The Drug Enforcement Administration announced that they had seized enough fentanyl in 2022 to kill every person in this country - more than 379 million potentially fatal doses. In the Rocky Mountain DEA division, more than 5.8 million potentially fatal doses were seized - nearly 2 million pills and more than 150 pounds of powder. According the DEA, fentanyl remains the deadliest drug threat in the United States. Fentanyl is a man-made opioid that is reportedly 50 times more potent than heroin and is highly addictive.

Rapid Roundup


Together, We Can Better Support Women in Business

Whether you’re a woman starting a business or looking to elevate your career, Inspire In Utah is dedicated to providing you with the resources to help on your journey. Find funding, training, and even inspirational stories in our dedicated resource center.


Utah Headlines


  • Utah was the fastest-growing state between the 2010 and 2020 censuses and its urban core was a major driving force (Deseret News)
  • Utah County the youngest county in the nation, with almost 50% under age 24 (KSL Newsradio)
  • Plan to ride an OHV in Utah? You may need to take an educational course first (KSL)
  • Red-hot real estate market contributes billions to Utah’s economy (Cache Valley Daily)
  • Make volunteering your New Year’s resolution and discover ways to help in Southern Utah (St. George News)
  • After a deadly year for pedestrians, UDOT wants drivers to ‘lay off the aggression’ (KUER)


  • Gender reassignment bill being amended to also address puberty blockers (KUTV)
  • Gender identity policy bill would require schools to inform parents of certain changes (KUTV)
  • Utah lawmakers call for ‘culture shift,’ budget increase for state’s child welfare system (KSL TV)
  • Sen. Mike Lee says Japanese prime minister must bring Lt. Ridge Alkonis with him to a Washington summit (Deseret News)
  • Will voter confusion increase with ranked-choice voting? Utah’s experience with ranked-choice voting shows it may not be all it’s cracked up to be. (Deseret News)
  • US Supreme Court declines to hear another longshot 2020 election fraud challenge from Utah man (KSL TV)
  • Sandy councilwoman proposes civility in campaigns with additions to voluntary pledge (KUTV)
  • Speaker Brad Wilson visits Cache Valley, highlights legislative topics for upcoming session (Herald Journal)


  • New Lego kits for ’23 include fine art, new botanicals and a celebration of Disney’s 100th anniversary. Lego building bricks have never been more popular (Deseret News)


  • ‘Color-blind’ people won’t heal America’s racial divide. Try to be ‘color-blessed’ instead (Deseret News)


  • Simulation gives Utah teachers experience of living, working on Mars (Fox13


  • Whose river is it anyway? Stream access fight once again on the battlefield (Deseret News)
  • Before statehood, Utahns fished in streams across private land. Does that mean they can today? Decision in Provo River case could impact 2,700 miles of fishable rivers, 42% of the total in Utah. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Reports probe deaths of 45 burros at Utah holding facility (Deseret News)
  • Love Utah weather? The Weather Service’s volunteer observers keep an eye on our skies (KUER)


  • Utah not in the top-ten most family-friendly states, according to new study (Deseret News)
  • ‘This is unimaginable for us,’ the sister of the killed Piute County teen speaks out (KSL TV)
  • Leaving an abusive relationship can be complicated and dangerous, expert says (KSL Newsradio)


  • Are ice baths and cold showers good for what ails you? Popular claims include better sleep, less sore muscles and burning fat. (Deseret News)
  • ‘Gas station heroin’ is being sold legally as a dietary supplement in 43 states. Here’s what you should know. (Deseret News)
  • New phone performs mental health checks and monitoring for children (ABC4)
  • Callers keep flooding 988 mental health, suicide helpline (AP)

National Headlines


  • California storms persist with deluges, mudslide threats (AP)
  • New nation, new ideas: A study finds immigrants out-innovate native-born Americans (NPR)
  • Teacher shot by 6-year-old hailed as a hero for evacuating kids (Reuters)
  • Disney to employees: Work in the office four days a week (Washington Post)


  • House rules changes breeze through the chamber following a bitter speaker fight (NPR)
  • House Republicans vote to rescind I.R.S. funding in a symbolic measure (New York Times)
  • DOJ reviewing potentially classified docs at Biden center (AP)
  • Senator: Ending US aid to Ukraine would be historic mistake (AP)
  • U.S., Mexico discuss economy, drug gangs and migration at summit (Reuters)
  • House Republicans pass ethics changes that Democrats say would hamper probes (Washington Post)
  • Unpacking the House GOP's new rules: A handy guide to the changes (Politico)
  • George Santos broke campaign finance laws, nonpartisan watchdog says (Washington Post)
  • Rep. Jason Smith wins three-way contest for Ways and Means gavel. 42-year-old Missourian set to become youngest-ever chairman of powerful panel (Roll Call)

Ukraine 🇺🇦 

  • ‘What madness looks like’: Russia intensifies Bakhmut attack (AP)
  • Russia throws forces into assault on Ukraine's Soledar, stepping stone in Donbas campaign (Reuters)
  • Brutal fighting as Russia focuses on seizing salt mining town near Bakhmut (Washington Post)
  • Russian prison recruits are used to draw fire in the ‘savage’ fighting for Bakhmut, a U.S. official says. (New York Times)


  •  Satellite images show crowds at China’s crematoriums as covid surges (Washington Post)

News Releases

Salt Lake Chamber and Women’s Business Center of Utah launch Diverse-Owned Business Accelerator

The Salt Lake Chamber and the Women’s Business Center of Utah (WBCUtah) are now accepting applications for its Diverse-Owned Business Accelerator. The seven-week cohort program, sponsored by Bank of America, was designed for diverse small business owners to enhance skills, direction or strategy for their businesses.

The Diverse-Owned Business Accelerator will provide a peer-to-peer environment, mastermind groups for support and accountability and weekly project assignments which are immediately implementable into their businesses. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, Jan 10, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • Utah Taxpayers Association annual legislative conference — Jan. 10, 9 am-noon, Grand America, Register here
  • Utah Economic Outlook and Public Policy Summit with the Salt Lake Chamber — Jan. 12, 2023, Salt Lake City Marriott, 8 am - noon, Register here
  • Legislative session begins, Jan. 17, 2023,

On This Day In History

  • 1870 - Labor union activist Maud Younger is born. She was instrumental in the passage of the 19th Amendment.

  • 1898 - Katharine Blodgett is born. A physicist and inventor, she was the first woman research scientist for General Electric’s Schenectady, NY laboratory (1920), first woman awarded a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge (1926) and received eight U.S. patents, most famously for inventing low-reflectance “invisible” glass

  • 1901 - A drilling derrick at Spindletop Hill in Texas hits an enormous gusher of crude oil and signals the start of the U.S. oil industry.

  • 1917 - Suffragettes, the "Silent Sentinels," first protest outside The White House, in Washington led by Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party

  • 1920 - The League of Nations is instituted. It is officially dissolved in 1946 with the establishment of the United Nations.

  • 1923 - President Harding pulls troops home from Germany, 4 years after the end of WWI.

  • 1941 - FDR introduces the lend-lease program

  • 1946 - The United Nations holds its first General Assembly.

  • 1962 - An avalanche on the slopes of an extinct volcano in Peru buries 9 towns and 7 villages, killing more than 4000.

  • 2000 - AOL-Time Warner formed

  • 2016 - David Bowie dies of liver cancer, 2 days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final album, Blackstar.

Wise Words

“God doesn’t want us to be colorblind. He wants us to be color-blessed, because if we’re colorblind, we are muting the creative genius of our Creator."

—Rev. Derwin Gray

On the Punny Side

I spend my time telling people about the benefits of dried grapes.

It’s about raisin awareness.


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