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The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will be replacing six bridges in Salt Lake, Utah, Summit and Davis counties over the next several weeks. Construction will require various weekend and overnight closures on Interstate 80 and Interstate 15 between Sept. 28 and the end of October.

State courts in Utah are now accepting online payments for traffic and criminal fines. So far, 27 district courthouses and one justice court are participating in the new program. Juvenile courts are not currently offering the service.

This fall's duck hunt could be one of the best Utah's hunters have seen in years. The number of ducks is way up from last year. And the marsh conditions are great at many of Utah's hunting areas. Now, if the weather will just cooperate! Utah's waterfowl hunt starts Oct. 3.

Unemployment is rising in northern Utah.  Get the latest data for northern Utah in this report.

UDOT has selected the Copper Hills Constructors Team (Granite, Kiewit, W.W. Clyde) to assist them in the design, estimating and construction of the Mountain View Corridor in southwest Salt Lake County. Construction will start in late spring or early summer of 2010 on a 10-mile segment between 9000 South (at approximately 5000 West) and Redwood Road (approximately 16000 South).

The Utah Water Quality Board has reserved approximately $4 million dollars of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds to be received by the state to fund ?GREEN? water quality projects in Utah. This funding will be targeted toward nonpoint source, green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency, and environmentally innovative projects as outlined in EPA?s Guidance issued by the Office of Water on March 2, 2009.

Conference on October 13-14 cosponsored by the Utah Department of Health in Salt Lake City.

Effective October 1, 2009, Utah Medicaid will adjust its rates consistent with approved methodologies. Rate adjustments include new codes priced consistent with approved Medicaid methodologies as well as potential adjustments to existing codes. Nursing home rate changes to case mix components consistent with adopted payment methodology.

The Business Development Board of The Governor?s Office of Economic Development (GOED) met last week to expand an incentive offer made previously to Goldman Sachs. The increased incentive is based on the company?s decision to nearly double the number of jobs it is considering adding to an existing regional office based in Salt Lake City.

Utah?s adult smoking rate has been driven down to 9.1 percent, according to the just-released Utah Department of Health (UDOH) Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) Ninth Annual Report. This is a 33 percent decline since the TPCP was funded with Master Settlement tobacco restitution funds in 1999. Credit for the decrease is given, in large part, to the Utah State Legislature for funding an effective, state-run, comprehensive, tobacco prevention and cessation program.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Lt. Governor Greg Bell has appointed Paul Neuenschwander to serve as his chief of staff.

The Utah Geological Survey?s newest geologic maps could prove useful in efforts to address geologic hazard and resource issues in Utah County. The maps cover parts of central and southern Utah Valley and surrounding areas.

Participants will learn how to make pottery like the ancient Fremont Indians. Through one-on-one instruction, local artists will teach methods of pottery making, decorating and firing in a rock-lined pit. Preregistration and workshop fee required. For more information and registration form, contact Kari Carlisle at or 435-527-4631.

Got an hour to change your life? Take the time to make a change for the better - it all starts here. Discover how you can earn the degree you need to advance your career without putting the rest of your life on hold. Information Sessions are a great way to find out more about the Executive MBA program.

OWATC Gives Back to Ogden

Thu, 17 Sep 2009

The Ogden-Weber Tech College annually closes its doors each year for one week of training for the staff and faculty.  This year during the week activities employee?s are spending their time giving back to the community of Ogden by donating manual labor to organizations that have made donations to the college in the past.

On Monday, September 21, 2009 The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will be installing new signs alerting motorists that the speed limit on U.S. Highway 189 in Provo Canyon from Canyon View Park to the Deer Creek State Park entrance is permanently changed to 55 miles per hour.

Based on current collection rates and economic indicators updated in June, we expect General/Education Fund revenues for FY 2010 to be within +$50 to ? $150 million of February estimates. Most of the downside risk in revenues is in the Education Fund as a result of Corporate and Income Tax volatility. We expect Transportation Fund revenue to be within a range of +$4 to ? $12 million.

SALT LAKE CITY - Well-known Utah businessman and philanthropist Spencer P. Eccles has accepted Governor Gary R. Herbert's invitation to serve as Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

Subjects focused on topics designed to assist Utah Small Businesses expand marketing to include Government Contracts (Federal / State / Local Government) Register at:

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Herbert this morning appointed Stuart Adams to serve as a State Senator in District 22, representing Central Davis County.

USTAR is adding to its array of social media tools with the launch of a blog and new media site, Director Ted McAleer says, "There will be depth and variety to what we?ll highlight at this new site."

Governor Herbert will introduce the State's Economic Development team. As the Governor stated in his inaugural address, Economic Development is one of primary focuses for his administration. This team of professionals will energize the effort in Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert today sent a letter to Utah's Congressional delegation and key members of Congress negotiating healthcare reform, emphasizing the important roles states can play in the process.

Heber City ? Fluorescent red kokanee salmon have started to swim up some of the tributaries to Strawberry Reservoir. The salmon make this journey as part of their annual spawning run.You can see hundreds of these salmon and possibly other wildlife, too at the annual Strawberry Valley Wildlife Festival.

The newly updated State Office of Education website makes more information and services available than ever before!  If you want to know what's happening in Utah education, this is the place.

The new has a Flickr photo gallery, videos, travel blogs or you can request the latest Utah travel guide!  Plan your adventure today.

WHO: Lt. Governor Greg Bell Mayor Ralph Becker ? Salt Lake City Scott Anderson, Zions Bank President and CEO Marty Shaub, Utah Emergency Managers Association - President

Seasonal influenza vaccinations are now available at clinics throughout the state and the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) is encouraging Utahns to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

An informal survey in 2006 revealed that 58 percent of K-12 public schools responding to the survey (43 percent ofall Utah schools) were constructed before 1975. Schools constructed prior to 1975 may have unreinforced masonry(brick and mortar) construction, which is not capable of withstanding even moderate earthquake shaking.

It?s that time of year again when students statewide have an opportunity to be creative when it comes to spotlighting the dangers of indoor radon by entering the National Radon Poster Contest. The national winner, a parent and a teacher (or sponsoring organization?s representative) win an all-expenses paid trip to our nation?s capital. Utah contest winners will be entered in the national contest and will receive a cash award for their artwork.

The September UCET newsletter covers it all from the release of Snow Leopard to the latest in eMedia.  Stay current in educational technology with UCET!

Congress appropriated $300 million nationwide to support state rebate programs for residential ENERGY STAR appliance products (those products that represent improvements in energy efficiency compared to the majority of products in the market). States will receive formula-based funding to establish or enhance established ENERGY STAR appliance rebate programs.

Utah families will have an opportunity to drop off their unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs during the Be Well Utah health fair on Saturday, September 12 at the University of Utah campus from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH), Safe Kids Utah, and other community partners are celebrating National Child Passenger Safety Week, held September 12-19, 2009, with the release of a new website geared to parents and caregivers with children under the age of 14.  The information and features of the new site, , will help parents get safety tips quickly and accurately.

The Utah Attorney General's Office charged a convicted child abuser with trying to hire someone to kill a young victim and her family.  Dennis Lingmann, 46, will be sentenced tomorrow for two second-degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, one third-degree felony count of sexual activity with a 16 or 17-year-old and one class A misdemeanor count of stalking.

The State of Utah has joined a national effort during September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies and disasters. This year marks the sixth annual National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency?s (FEMA) Ready campaign.

Come and enjoy a short presentation about the stories behind the constellations we know and love. Meet at the Visitors Center at 8:00pm on 9/26. The program lasts about two hours.  Bring the family!

Governor Herbert will announce the launch of Utah's Complete Count Committee - a group each state has been asked to form to encourage participation in the 2010 Census.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah home buyers now have a second chance to hit a "Home Run" with the extension of a successful grant program designed to stimulate job creation and Utah's economy.

Salt Lake City, Utah - The State of Utah has joined a national effort during September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies and disasters. This year marks the sixth annual National Preparedness Month sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Ready campaign.

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