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Situational Analysis | June 20, 2023

It's Tuesday and World Refugee Day! At the end of 2022, there were 108.4 million people worldwide who were forcibly displaced from their homes. That is one in every 74 humans living on the planet, and up almost 20 million from the 2021.

What You Need to Know

  • Former President Donald Trump claimed Monday that he didn’t comply with requests from the National Archives to return classified material he’d kept after his presidency because “I was very busy.” Trump made that and other comments in the first half of an hour-long interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, the second half of which airs tonight. U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart ordered Trump and his aide Walt Nauta not to release evidence "on any news or social media platform." The order also prohibits Trump from retaining evidence and requires a lawyer to be present when he views it.

Rapid Relevance


Utah’s Open Space is Shrinking – What You Can Do

Population growth impacts recreation opportunities and open space in Utah. Leaders welcome input on how to protect them. Take the survey and be heard.


Utah Headlines

Political news

  • State asks judge to throw out lawsuit challenging porn site law (Fox13)
  • Rep. Blake Moore introduces bipartisan legislation to aid adoptive parents (Cache Valley Daily)
  • Mother of teen killed in Salt Lake City murder-suicide pushed for Utah law to protect children just two months before his death (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Utah lawmakers push for more funding to save Great Salt Lake (KUTV)
  • Residents along Bangerter Highway gathering signatures to oppose expansion (Fox13)

Election news

  • What Utah’s new election dates mean for Ogden’s stacked mayoral race (KUER)

General Utah news

  • New dinosaur species found in Utah helps researchers piece together Earth's history (KSL)
  • Snowbird finally wraps up ski season after record-setting snowfall year (Fox13)
  • Director of Smithfield charity arrested on child sex abuse allegations (Cache Valley Daily)
  • Layton veteran recognized with national award for 'taking care of his fellow Marines' (KSL)
  • Camping in Color, other initiatives aim to diversify outdoor recreation. New Wasatch Mountain Institute program strives to remove barriers for Black families wanting to explore the outdoors. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Salt Lake City downtown library’s new social worker has already helped thousands. Hired in December, the library’s new social services coordinator helps connect people with resources. (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Successful Kickstarter campaign launches origami solar panels for outdoorsy Utahns (KSL)
  • Outdoor Retailer Summer Show begins this week (KSL TV)
  • Amazon, Marriott and other companies vow to hire thousands of refugees in Europe (AP)


  • Podcasts opening the door for more Utahns to tell their own communities' stories (KSL)
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints discontinues Temple Cornerstone Ceremonies (ABC4)
  • Utah leaders share thoughts on Juneteenth and its significance (KSL Newsradio)
  • Black-owned business expo highlights Juneteenth celebrations (Fox13)
  • SLC Juneteenth dishes up food, crafts and good vibes in the windy city. Black-owned businesses showcase their goods. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Juneteenth commemorated in Utah (Fox13)
  • On Juneteenth in Memphis, Church and NAACP announce more help to combat infant mortality (The Church News)


  • Rocky Mountain University’s nursing master’s program earns accreditation (Daily Herald)
  • Utah deaf and blind teens get to DJ, practice cooking with help of visitors from national center (KSL)


  • Steve Handy: Why debt deal’s permitting reforms are a win for the rural economies (Deseret News)
  • Video: A toy almost got me killed on Angels Landing (KSL)
  • Much of Utah’s air looks pretty terrible. How bad is it? When might it improve? (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Add dust to the list of snow issues Utah will have to consider for its Olympic bid (KUER)


  • Perspective: Divorce is not what you see on TV (Deseret News)
  • Gov. Spencer Cox and John Bridgeland: How Utah is helping children who lose a parent or caregiver (Salt Lake Tribune)


  • Clinic focused on serving LGBTQ+ community strives for health equity (Fox13)
  • Bridging the gap between traditional mental health care and the emergency room (Deseret News)

National Headlines


  • Deep-sea craft carrying 5 people to Titanic wreckage reported missing, search underway (AP)
  • The inside story of the ‘Facebook Files’ from whistleblower Frances Haugen. The data engineer who leaked thousands of documents is telling her story in a new book (Deseret News)
  • Vatican document highlights need for concrete steps for women, ‘radical inclusion’ of LGBTQ+ (AP)


  • Trump continues to assert no-wrongdoing with documents in first post-arraignment interview (KUTV)
  • U.S. judge sets Aug. 14 trial date for Trump in Florida documents case (Reuters)
  • Republican primary spending projected to approach or surpass $1 billion (NPR)
  • Affirmative action, student debt rulings loom at US Supreme Court (Reuters)

Ukraine 🇺🇦

  • Ukraine downs Russian drones but some get through due to gaps in air protection (AP)
  • Ukrainian refugees helped push German population up 1.3% last year (AP)
  • How Ukraine created an 'Army of Drones' to take on Russia (NPR)
  • From Beijing to London, Blinken pushes for Ukraine peace deal and recovery (NPR)
  • Russia attacks Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities in overnight air strikes (Reuters)
  • School in occupied Ukraine seek to turn children into loyal Russians (Wall Street Journal)
  • 'They expected me to die on my own': Life as a Ukrainian POW (New York Times)


  • US imposes visa restrictions for some Ugandans following adoption of anti-gay law (AP)
  • Ugandan students' parents submit DNA samples to ID massacre victims (Reuters)
  • Andrew Tate is charged with rape and human trafficking in Romania (AP)
  • How the worst drought in a century is changing the Panama Canal (Wall Street Journal)

News Releases

Utah’s 14th annual Clear the Air Challenge

Please join the Salt Lake Chamber, UCAIR, and TravelWise Utah as we kick off the 14th Annual Clear the Air Challenge. The Challenge, issued by business, government, and community leaders, is a month-long competition designed to encourage Utahns to reduce vehicle emissions by choosing alternatives to driving alone. (Read More)


Number of the Day

Number of the Day, June 20, 2023


Tweet of the Day

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  • GOP special election convention — June 24, Delta High School
  • United Utah special election convention — June 27, 7:00 pm, Hunter Library
  • Democratic special election convention — June 28
  • Municipal election filing period for cities using ranked choice voting — August 8-15
  • Municipal/Special election primary — Sept 5
  • General election — Nov 21

On This Day In History

  • 1782 - Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States after six years of discussion.
  • 1867 - US President Andrew Johnson announces the Alaska Purchase that had been agreed upon in March for about 2 cents per acre.
  • 1893 - A jury of 12 acquits Lizzie Borden of murdering her father and step-mother in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
  • 1911 - The NAACP is incorporated in New York.
  • 1921 - Alice Robertson (R-Oklahoma) becomes the first woman to chair the House of Representatives.
  • 1924 - Minnie Spotted Wolf is born. In 1942, she became the first full Native American woman to join the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve.
  • 1975 - Jaws is released in theaters
  • 2003 - Jimmy Wales establishes the Wikipedia Foundation.

Quote of the Day

“No one leaves home unless
Home is the mouth of a shark…
No one puts their children in a boat
Unless the water is safer than the land.”

—Warsan Shire, from her poem, "Home"

On the Punny Side

I love dad jokes, but I don't have kids

Which makes me a Faux Pa.


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