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Situational Analysis | April 25, 2023

It's Tuesday and April 25th. You know what that means - It's the Perfect Date, not too hot, not too cold.... 🤣

It also means there are only 8 months left until Christmas Day...🎄😭

What You Need to Know

  • Two big names "parted ways" with their respective organizations yesterday: Tucker Carlson by Fox News and Don Lemon by CNN. Both were apparently caught by surprise. Carlson found out 10 minutes before Fox News released a statement and Lemon said he found out through his agent

  • Early this morning, President Joe Biden announced his re-election bid, saying "Now is not the time for complacency" and that he wants to "finish the job." Recent polling in the Wall Street Journal shows him beating Trump in the general election if the vote were held today.

  • Utah's Mountain Heights Academy has a STEM team that is one of 15 global finalists in a National Geographic competition. If you'd like to show them some love in the People's Choice category, go here and vote for the MHA team video, "Every Drop Makes a Difference" about saving the Great Salt Lake. 

Rapid Roundup


Utah Headlines

Political news

  • Derek Miller: The answer isn’t ESG. It’s CSR. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) supports and expands free markets. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) is federal overreach (Deseret News)
  • Draper mayor blames building procedures for home collapses (KSL Newsradio)
  • Gov. Cox bringing his ‘Connecting Utah’ tour to northern counties (Cache Valley Daily)
  • Election Security and Party Organizing (Hinckley Report)
  • New Utah GOP leadership say they want a ‘boldly conservative’ state party (Deseret News)
  • Utah Supreme Court hits the brakes on lawsuit over near-total abortion ban (Fox13)

General Utah news

  • Taking a look back at 60 seasons of Ballet West (KSL)
  • UHP catches multiple 'speed demons' on Utah roads (Fox13)
  • ‘We need people to believe us,’ child sex abuse survivor says (KSL)
  • SLCPD recognizes National Child Abuse Prevention Month (ABC4)
  • Developers address Draper community after disastrous collapse of vacant homes (Fox13)


  • Natalie Gochnour: Utah takes another evolutionary leap (Deseret News)
  • Disney to cut employees from ESPN, parks in second round of layoffs (Wall Street Journal)
  • What young workers miss without the ‘power of proximity’. One of the first major studies on remote work shows a hidden penalty of flexibility: less supervision. (New York Times)
  • Salt Lake City librarians seek to unionize, solve ‘long-standing issues’ on the job (KSL)


  • Federal investigation into racist bullying in Park City schools grows to include more campuses, complaints (KPCW)


  • Utah Geological Survey monitoring 100 landslide locations across the state (KSL Newsradio)
  • New Utah wildfire sparks, burning over 400 acres in Uintah County (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • 13 human-triggered avalanches reported in one day; 8 people carried in slides (KUTV)
  • Levee restoration in Ogden Bay is essential to preserving Great Salt Lake (UPR)
  • Rocky Mountain Power celebrates 200th completed Blue Sky program project (KSL)
  • Utah flood waters to be redirected into the Great Salt Lake (ABC4)


  • Utah women are having fewer children than ever before (UPR)
  • Utah families of free, reduced-price lunch students may get $120 for summer groceries (KUTV)


  • Groups work to ditch the soda in tribal communities, where water scarcity feeds childhood obesity (KPCW)
  • The new face of Alzheimer’s: Early stage patients who refuse to surrender (Washington Post)
  • BYU scientists revolutionize detecting and treating Alzheimer's (Fox13)
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute will soon exceed 1 million square feet in cancer care, research space (Deseret News)

National Headlines


  • It took the US 106 years to acknowledge that what happened in Armenia was a genocide. (Deseret News)
  • Alabama and Mississippi mark Confederate Memorial Day (AP)
  • The College Board Will Change Its A.P. African American Studies Course (New York Times)


  • U.S. Supreme Court to decide if public officials can block critics on social media (Reuters)
  • Susan Rice to Step Down From Role as Biden’s Top Domestic Policy Adviser (Wall Street Journal)
  • Hillary Clinton: Republicans are playing into the hands of Putin and Xi (New York Times)
  • The conservatives campaign to rewrite child labor laws (Washington Post)
  • Rape lawsuit trial against Donald Trump set to get underway (AP)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • At UN, Russia's Lavrov warns world at 'dangerous threshold' (Reuters)
  • UN chief and West berate Russia’s top diplomat over Ukraine (AP)
  • The grim life and brutal death of a Wagner recruit (Wall Street Journal)
  • 2 killed, 10 wounded as Russian forces hit Ukrainian museum (AP)
  • Long days of gravediggers tell story of Ukraine’s war dead (AP)
  • The Group That Searches for Missing Ukrainian Children (New York Times)


  • Military spending around the world hits record high levels, largely due to Russia/Ukraine war (Deseret News)
  • China tries to limit damage from diplomat’s comments that riled Europe (New York Times)
  • As Russians plot against Chad, concerns mount over important U.S. ally (Washington Post)
  • A new threat rises in earthquake-battered Turkey: Mountains of rubble (Washington Post)

News Releases

Top of the Rockies recognizes Utah Policy for headlines

Over the weekend, Utah Policy received an award from the 2023 Top of the Rockies Contest sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Colorado Pro Chapter. This is a regional, multi-platform contest for news outlets in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Contributor Jared Whitley won second place in the Headlines category for the small newsrooms division. This is the third in the last five years that Whitley has won that exact award. (Read More)

Who audits the Auditor? Office of the State Auditor successfully completes 2023 peer review

Every 3 years, the Office of the Auditor undergoes an external quality control review, also called a “Peer Review,” required by professional auditing standards. In that process, a team of auditors from across the United States review various audit engagements to ensure the Office complies with professional and government audit standards. The Office is pleased to announce the successful completion of its 2023 Peer Review. (Read More)

UVU to launch new Museum of Art at Lakemount with The Art of Belonging Initiative

Utah Valley University (UVU) will openits new UVU Museum of Art at Lakemount on May 13 with The Art of Belonging, which includes three new art exhibitions that are part of a community-based initiative and collaboration of artists committed to the inclusion and representation of Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC). The initiative will run through September 16.

The museum will also host a community celebration on May 13 featuring activities for visitors of all ages and abilities, a community dance party, and a multicultural showcase by “Remembering Our Culture” (ROC) representing dances from Native American, African, Polynesian, Latino/a, and Asian  cultures, honoring and celebrating the strength of cultural diversity. (Read More)

Utah Valley University announces nursing program agreement with Mountainland Technical College

Licensed practical nurse (LPN) graduates from Mountainland Technical College (MTECH) can easily transfer their credits into the nursing program at Utah Valley University (UVU) thanks to a new agreement between the two schools.

Any MTECH nursing graduate in the LPN program in good academic standing can transfer into one of 24 newly added seats in UVU’s Associate of Science Nursing (ASN) program, where the incoming graduates will receive 22 UVU credits for their work at MTECH. The transfer students must pass the NCLEX-PN exam by the end of their first semester at UVU. (Read More)


Number of the Day

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Tweet of the Day

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  • 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
  • Below the Belt screening and discussion (a film on endometriosis) — May 10, 7 pm, UVU Noorda Theater, Register here
  • YWCA Leader Luncheon featuring Dr. Bernice A. King — May 12, 11:30-2:00, Grand America. Register here
  • Interim Day — May 16-17, Utah State Capitol,
  • Utah Democratic Convention May 19-20, SUU (More information here)
  • Interim Day — June 13-14, Utah State Capitol,

On This Day In History 

  • 1859 - Ground broken for Suez Canal
  • 1918 - Ella Fitzgerald, "First Lady of Song," is born. She is considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th Century.
  • 1945 - Americans and Russians decide to divide Germany in two
  • 1954 - Bell labs announces the 1st solar battery made from silicon. It had about 6% efficiency.
  • 1983 - Soviet leader Yuri Andropov writes letter to U.S. fifth-grader Samantha Smith.
  • 2014 - The Flint water crisis begins.
  • 2015 - Magnitude 7.8 earthquake kills over 8 thousand in Nepal, leaves over 100,000 homeless.

Quote of the Day

"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'"

—Robin Williams

On the Punny Side

I need to stop hanging around with pessimistic horses.

Neigh-sayers never add anything to the conversation.


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