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Situational Analysis | March 29, 2023

it's Wednesday and World Piano Day - it's the 88th day of the year to match the 88 keys on a modern piano. One of my favorite ways to celebrate is by listening to The Piano Guys

What You Need to Know

  • Former Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz blasted former President Trump on "Fox and Friends" on Tuesday, saying he was "absolutely horrific," "whining, complaining" and that he "played the victim card time and time again" when Trump appeared on the Sean Hannity show Monday night. 

  • Federal District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled Tuesday that former Vice President Mike Pence must testify before a grand jury in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation of former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election. The ruling in Washington was the latest setback to efforts by former President Donald J. Trump’s legal team to limit testimony to grand juries investigating him on various matters.

Rapid Roundup


Waterwise is Always in Style

Epic winter snow has created a big summer opportunity, and keeping our outdoor water use low is more important than ever. Everything we don’t put on our yards helps repair the Great Salt Lake and builds our statewide water storage. Click here for resources to help be waterwise.
This message is brought to you from Central Utah, Jordan Valley, Washington County, and Weber Basin Water Conservancy Districts.


Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Lee, Romney support resolution to suspend Biden’s student loan forgiveness program (Deseret News)
  • Utah communities begin work on ‘historic effort’ to improve road safety, curb traffic deaths (KSL)
  • First-time homebuyer assistance bill signed into law in Utah (ABC4)

General Utah news

  • ‘If the bomb hits us, the bomb hits us.’ How Ukraine’s plight is tied to Utah. UVU hosts a conference on the war’s 1-year anniversary, while some Utahns live daily with fear for loved ones still in the crossfire (Deseret News)
  • Snowmobiler trapped in Pole Canyon avalanche found dead under 22 feet of snow (KSL)
  • Park City billionaire purchases Park Record newspaper. Prince was recently accused by Park City of inserting language into a state bill that would override local land use code in order to expand his home. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Mobile home park manager who feeds community honored with dream team surprise (Fox13)
  • Salt Lake County judge still the only Black female judge in Utah (Fox13)


  • Orem's Mending Shed going out of business after 50 years (Daily Herald)
  • Report: Utah’s job growth remains strong, could slow if state sees less in-migration (KSL)
  • A Utah restaurant supply company, linked to Kingston polygamous sect, is cited for violating child labor laws. A federal investigation found employees, aged 14 and 15, worked as many as 46 hours per workweek. (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • The pandemic changed many churches. But did it change church attendance? A new Pew Research Center survey explores how Americans’ worship habits evolved over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic (Deseret News)
  • Your guide to easy general conference snacks and meals (Deseret News)


  • UVU’s Mark Madsen has a decision to make (Deseret News)
  • Utah State's Ryan Odom to take head coaching job at VCU (KSL)
  • Alpine School District exploring potential closure of 5 elementary schools (KSL)
  • US colleges face loss of racial diversity if race-conscious admissions banned, study says (KSL)


  • Why camping access is hurting Utah's Hardware Wildlife Management Area. Two "major" changes are coming to camping areas near a popular 14,000-acre wildlife management area in Cache County. (KSL)
  • Utah farmers are grateful for the snow but anxious to get to the business of spring (KUER)
  • West Davis Corridor is 70% complete and slated for 2024 opening (Deseret News)


  • How breath work can help calm your kids (Deseret News)
  • Their stories were lost to slavery. Now DNA is writing them (AP)


  • Primary Children’s Hospital launches new Neuro NICU telehealth program to better care for babies (ABC4)
  • How poverty and racism 'weather' the body, accelerating aging and disease (NPR)
  • Ventanilla de Salud: Mexican consulate expanding health resources for Latino community in Utah (KSL)
  • Intermountain Health says it wants planned urban hospital to be 'an anchor' in Salt Lake City (KSL)
  • We know the health benefits of forests or water. But what about deserts and mountains? (KUER)
  • Utah Medicaid continuous coverage officially ends in April (KUER)


  • Luxury housing market plummets — but this ‘luxury suburb’ is bucking the trend. Hotel-branded residences at The St. Regis Deer Valley snapped up despite housing market downturn (Deseret News)
  • Pioneer Park Coalition is no more. It now goes by a new name with a wider mission. Newly branded Solutions Utah comes ahead of a Salt Lake City mayoral race that is likely to put more focus on the government’s response to homelessness. (Salt Lake Tribune)

National Headlines


  • Nashville police release bodycam footage of police shooting school attacker (Washington Post)
  • US consumer confidence ticks up in March (AP)
  • Handmade blankets welcome refugees, immigrants to US (AP)
  • He came to D.C. as a Brazilian student. The U.S. says he was a Russian spy. (Washington Post)


  • Perspective: Natural disasters are on the rise. We need a bipartisan approach to address them (Deseret News)
  • N.C. board removes election officials who refused to certify (AP)
  • Israeli PM, Biden exchange frosty words over legal overhaul (AP)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Mark Hamill lends ‘Star Wars’ voice to Ukrainian air-raid app (AP)
  • ‘There will be no money next year.’ Russia’s economy is starting to come undone (Wall Street Journal)
  • Ukraine can’t falter in Bahkmut or Russia will ‘smell that we are weak,’ Zelenskyy says (AP)
  • Ukraine hits Russian-held city deep behind front as talk of counteroffensive grows (Reuters)
  • Facial recognition is helping Putin curb dissent with the aid of U.S. tech (Reuters)
  • In war-ravaged Lyman, Ukrainians live underground months after liberation (Washington Post)


  • The Louvre closes as France prepares for hundred of thousands of protesters (Deseret News)
  • Paris trash strike ends, pension protest numbers shrink (AP)
  • Russian man flees rather than face 2 years in prison for his 13-yr-old daughter’s antiwar art (Washington Post)
  • Video shows Mexican guards walking away as deadly immigration detention facility fire rages (TPR)
  • Junta disbands Aung San Suu Kyi's political party in Myanmar (New York Times)
  • The incredible challenge of counting every global birth and death (New York Times)

News Release

UVU student named top graduate in Marine Officer Candidate School

Utah Valley University (UVU) student, Nolan Hicken, was named the top graduate in last summer’s Officer Candidate School (OCS) at the Marine Corps base in Quantico Virginia, and in the process brought the Commadants Trophy to UVU for the first time. (Read More)

Rep. Blake Moore co-leads bipartisan Military Food Security Act

Yesterday, Representative Blake Moore (UT-01) co-led a bipartisan coalition to introduce the Military Food Security Act. He is joined by Representatives Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), Don Bacon (NE-02), Sara Jacobs (CA-51), Mike Levin (CA-49), and House Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05).  The legislation would expand eligibility for the Basic Needs Allowance (BNA) by excluding Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) from income calculations that determine eligibility for the BNA, a program designed to support low-income service members.  (Read More)

USBE partners with Kids Read Now to provide free books to K-3 students in Utah

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has partnered with Kids Read Now, an innovative nonprofit program that provides free books to young students to encourage positive reading habits during the summer months.  

Thanks to the generous support from the Utah legislature, every K-3 student attending a Title 1 school, or a school participating in the Partnerships for Student Success Grant Program can participate in the five-year program that mails free books directly to students’ homes. This initiative is part of a larger legislative initiative to provide resources to raise reading scores for all children statewide. (Read More)

Sen. Lee joins effort to overturn Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan through Congressional Review Act

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) joined Sens. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) in announcing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn President Biden’s student loan cancelation scheme, which would transfer up to $20,000 in student loan debt per borrower onto taxpayers, costing an estimated $400 billion. This comes after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirmed that the student loan policy is classified as a rule and can be overturned under the CRA. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, Mar 29, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • Honoring Women’s History, Investing In Our Future with Zions Bank — March 30, 12:00-1:00 pm via Zoom. Register here
  • YWCA Utah Legislative Recap — Mar 31, 5:00-7:00 pm, Register here
  • Advancing Women Through “Developmental Relationships”: A Dialogue with Global Experts with the Utah Women and Leadership Project — April 4, 12:00 pm-1:15 pm, Register here
  • UVU Conference on Domestic Violence — April 14, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Register here
  • Hatch Foundation Gala with special guest Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sec. Elaine Chao — April 14, 7:00 pm, Grand America, Register Here
  • Teen Girls Experiencing Increased Sadness and Violence with Utah Women and Leadership Project — April 25, 12:00-1:15 pm via Zoom, Register here
  • United Utah Party State Convention — April 29, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Lehi High School with keynote speakers Teri McCabe and Jay Mcfarland
  • Mount Liberty College Spring Youth Seminar on The Virginian — May 6, 9 am-7 pm, Register Here

On This Day In History 

  • 1799 - New York passes gradual abolition law saying children of enslaved mothers are born free but still owe free service to masters until they are 25 if female and 28 if male
  • 1806 - Construction is authorized for the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, which became the first United States federal highway.
  • 1848 - Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam
  • 1865 - Appomattox, the final campaign in the Civil War, begins.
  • 1885 - Frances Bolton is born. She created an endowment to build a school of nursing at Western Reserve in 1933 after working with the Visiting Nurse Association and seeing the homes of the desperately poor. She helped remove color lines in nursing, and as an Ohio Congresswoman, worked for racial equality and equal pay.
  • 1929 - President Herbert Hoover has a phone installed at his desk in the Oval Office of the White House, the first president to do so.
  • 1951 - Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are convicted of espionage for their role in passing atomic secrets to the Soviets. They were executed on June 19, 1953 in Sing Sing Prison in New York. Both maintained their innocence to the end.
  • 1973 - The last US soldiers leave Vietnam.
  • 1961 - 23rd Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, allowing Washington, D.C. residents to vote in presidential elections
  • 1974 - Chinese farmers discover the Terracotta Army near Xi'an, 8,000 clay warrior statues buried to guard the tomb of China's 1st emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
  • 1993 - Catherine Callbeck becomes the first woman in Canada to be elected as premier. 

Quote of the Day

"When men and women work together, better decisions are made."

—Catherine Callbeck

On the Punny Side

I was walking down the street where the houses were numbered, 64k, 128k, 256k, 512k, and 1MB.

That was a trip down memory lane


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