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City Removes Ordinance Banning Medical Cannabis Drive-Thrus

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LEHI, Utah (AP) — Lehi will allow medical cannabis drive-thrus after a unanimous vote to remove a local ordinance banning them.

The Tuesday city council vote came after a proposal from Curaleaf, which is the only cannabis pharmacy in the town, the Daily Herald reported.

State law allows drive-thru facilities, which have become more popular during the coronavirus pandemic. The facilities must follow all other medical cannabis regulations.

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Salt Lake City’s Upcoming Tiny Home Village for the Homeless Will Include a Downtown Area With Shops

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Salt Lake City has announced plans to build its own tiny home village. Taking a cue from Los Angeles’s Alexandria Park Village and Chandler Boulevard Bridge Home Village, this new addition will be designed to house the city’s homeless population. According to a press release from last month, The Other Side Academy, a vocational and behavioral training school for adults with criminal histories, substance abuse, and homelessness, has partnered with the city to construct what’s been dubbed The Other Side Village. Fom the looks of the project renderings, this is more than just a shelter for the homeless — it’s an entire community.

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Salt Lake City officials say improvements to North Temple homeless camps may be slow, but they are happening

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SALT LAKE CITY – Business owners say the crime, drugs and other issues connected to the homeless population are getting drastically worse along Salt Lake City’s North Temple street.  However, city officials are trying to assure everyone they’re doing the best they can, and they’re seeing positive results other people might not see.

Officials with Salt Lake City understand business owners along North Temple are fed up, and they acknowledge why people feel the city’s efforts aren’t working. However, Michelle Hoon with the city’s Homeless Engagement and Response Team said change is coming.

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Some Utahns back Governor’s order to conserve water

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Utah’s severe drought prompted Governor Spencer Cox to sign an executive order to conserve water.

The executive order limits water consumption at all state facilities while encouraging all residents to conserve.

“My trees in the parking strip are totally stressed,” Salt Lake resident Eileen Keen tells ABC4.

Keen is feeling the drought impacts, along with 57% of the state, which is in an exceptional drought and 90% of the state is under the highest level of drought.

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17 islands in Utah you probably didn’t know exist

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UTAH (ABC4) – Traveling to a beautiful island is not as far away as you think.

According to the Utah Geological Survey, the Beehive State is actually home to 17 officially named islands. But where are they? Well, they are all located near the Great Salt Lake!

The Great Salt Lake is a 2,000-square mile lake that is about 20 miles north of downtown Salt Lake City. According to the Utah Adventure Journal, more often than not, those who aren’t aware of the lake tend to also overlook the beautiful islands that it also holds.

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Salt Lake City is planning a tiny home village to house hundreds of homeless. But where will it be built?

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Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall on Thursday unveiled an ambitious plan to start building a master planned tiny home community to house the homeless — and have some homes ready for move-in before winter sets in this year.

To pull it off, the mayor announced a new partnership with a familiar nonprofit that she lauded as having a proven track record of helping those who are homeless, battling substance abuse or who carry a criminal record to turn their lives around, all “while being a positive neighbor”: The Other Side Academy.

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Utah law enforcement come together to ‘safeguard’ individuals with special needs

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Law enforcement agencies throughout Utah have formed a partnership to help authorities better respond to those with autism, dementia, and other special needs.

The project, dubbed “Project Safeguard,” is an online program that “promotes communication and gives police quick access to important information about a person with a disability such as autism, dementia, etc. This would include any disability where the individual displays a tendency to wander or shows other similar tendencies,” according to the Unified Police Department website.

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Over a dozen small cities in Utah recognized as best places to start a business; Logan ranked 5th

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LOGAN – Personal finance website WalletHub recently announced which small cities in America are the best to launch a startup or open a new business, and more than a dozen of those top 30 cities are located in Utah. Six Utah communities were ranked in the top 10, with Southern Utah having a strong representation: St. George is ranked 1st, Cedar City 2nd and Washington 4th. Logan is ranked 5th in the results that consider Business Environment, Access to Resources, and Business Costs.

Logan has recently been recognized as a Best-Performing Small City by the Milken Institute and has having one of the hottest real estate markets in America. In December, the Logan economy was recognized as ‘bulletproof’ by financial cable network CNBC. Also, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the Logan Metropolitan Statistical Area has the lowest unemployment rate in America at 2.6%.

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Utah governor ceremonially signs affordable housing, homeless services bills

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Utah Gov. Spencer Cox ceremonially signed multiple bills on Tuesday related to homelessness and affordable housing in the state, including a bill creating the Utah Office of Homelessness and a bill allowing cities to donate property for affordable housing units.

The six bills were all passed by lawmakers during this year’s general session and were signed by the governor in March.

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