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FrontRunner stop gets lots of discussion

THE DESERET NEWS – Some environmentalists are determined to stop the Utah Transit Authority from considering a FrontRunner commuter rail stop in southern Salt Lake County on what they consider sensitive Jordan River ecology and the site of a 3,000-year-old Native American settlement, even though Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. signed a bill last week that could pave the way for the station.

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Expert to review Provo’s downtown plans

THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE – The Provo Municipal Council is getting some professional advice on how to improve downtown. The council will hear from Randol Y. Mackley, president of the Retail Real Estate Group, who will present his recommendations for improving the area’s retail business.

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Instead of adding on, make better use of existing space

DESERET NEWS – A family in Murray asked us to help design an addition to their house.

This couple likes to entertain, and their small kitchen/family room combination isn’t large enough to accommodate their guests.

After reviewing the couple’s project, we determined that they don’t actually need to add on because they already have plenty of space in their adjoining living and dining rooms — they just haven’t been using it.

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Foam blocks helping UTA save time and money

KSL – WEST VALLEY CITY — The Utah Transit Authority says it’s able to build the new West Valley light-rail line cheaper and faster thanks to a bunch of big foam blocks.

It looks like the construction workers are stacking giant LEGO blocks, but it is actually the base of what will be a bridge for the West Valley light-rail line.

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Legislature advances green agenda

THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE – Moab may have parlayed its purchases of wind energy to claim the title of Utah’s first Blue Sky Community, but San Juan County could soon be the city’s green power source. That’s the way San Juan County Commissioner Bruce Adams teases Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison, and it pleases Adams that a pair of new Utah laws could help his joke come true.

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St. George beltway will stretch the city

THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE – If you thought Utah’s sunbelt already was loose, take a drive down I-15 toward the Arizona line and gaze east at the city’s bulging waistline. The Southern Parkway’s first pavement is already there at Exit 2, and the earth movers are flattening hundreds of acres of state land for the coming waves of stucco and tile. This is where the nation’s second-fastest-growing metro area spills next.

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West Side Residents Share Hopes for “Grand Boulevard” Vision

KCPW – (KCPW News) University of Utah graduate students taking part in a research project, dubbed the West Side Studio, are gathering input from West side residents about how to turn North Temple into the city’s vision of a “Grand Boulevard.” Assistant Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning Caitlin Cahill instructs the class, which held its first community workshop yesterday.

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Solar panel pioneer upset at Tooele City

THE TOOELE TRANSCRIPT – A solar power pioneer is upset with Tooele City for allowing an apartment to be built that could curtail his supply of sunshine.

Dennis Tracey became the first Tooele resident to install solar panels on a home in January 2008. He spent $32,000 on an awning in the backyard of his Newmark Drive house that is topped with 18 panels of integrated photovoltaic cells. The panels are designed to produce 3.42 kilowatts per hour of electricity when exposed to direct sunlight.

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Redevelopment tweaks worry activists

THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE – With the state in need of more low-income housing, some worry that Utah just took a step backward with the passage of SB205. “It could have some adverse impacts on future financing for affordable housing,” said Steve Erickson, a consultant for the nonprofit Crossroads Urban Center. “This has been a critical piece of that funding.”

Sen. Curt Bramble’s SB205 passed with ease in the recently ended session and it now awaits action by the governor. The measure removes the mandate for economic development projects to set aside 20 percent of tax-revenue growth for affordable housing.

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